The ECVET Recommendation of 2009 invited Member States to “create the necessary conditions and adopt measures” so that “in accordance with national legislation and practice” and“on the basis of trials and testing”, it would be possible for ECVET to be “gradually applied to VET qualifications at all levels” and to be used for the“transfer, recognition and accumulation of individuals′ learning outcomes”.
More recently, Cedefop confirmed fifteen conditions able to influence the implementation of ECVET (Necessary Conditions for ECVET Implementation, Cedefop, 2012) which, set out over five distinct categories, confirm the importance of improvedlegislative support and enhanced dialogue and communications for the successful implementation of ECVET.
From a systems-level perspective, the aim is for ECVET, and its technical components (for example, units of learning outcomes, credit points, MoU), to become embedded within existing education, training and qualifications systems, making ECVET a regular feature of European VET, at all levels. For this to happen, Government commitment is clearly required, in all European countries, supporting the incorporation of ECVET principles into existing education, training and qualifications systems and frameworks.
From a geographical mobility perspective, ECVET specifically targets the increased recognition of learning outcomes, integrating mobility into existing learning pathways, and enabling individuals to build on that which they have learned abroad, or in different education and training institutions. For this to happen there is a need for increased understanding and mutual trust among participating mobility actors, and for the development of national and international ECVET partnerships.
As a mobility practitioner, wishing to embark on the ECVET journey, similar pre-conditions exist in terms of securing top-level commitment to the broader ECVET principles, communicating and promoting the benefits to all parties, and confirming the roles and responsibilities of all actors within and beyond the organisation.
Irrespective of the ECVET goal being targeted - be this systems-level adaptation or improved recognition of learning outcomes - there is a need to secure commitment to ECVET principles and practices from a broad spectrum of education and training stakeholders, and potential beneficiaries, targeting shared responsibility among all such actors.