Why Use ECVET?

ECVET brings a range of benefits to all those involved in geographical mobility and lifelong learning.


Benefits of ECVET for Geographical Mobility


While mobility in vocational education and training (VET) is already happening, the EU’s political ambition is to significantly increase the number and duration of exchanges. Developing and enhancing geographical mo­bility implies putting in place a range of support mechanisms and activities for learners including, for example, language learning, financial support . The visibility and recognition of learning achieved abroad is equally crucial for enhancing VET mobility.


  • ECVET was designed as one of a series of European instruments (others include Europass and the European Qualifications Framework) each targeting improvement in learning recognition and transparency.
  • ECVET provides a framework for the assessment, validation and recognition of learning outcomes, alongside a series of common tools and instruments able to support quality in mobility. 
  • ECVET promotes the integration of mobility into existing learning pathways. 
  • ECVET supports the valorisation of key competences (such as foreign language skills or intercultural competence) alongside those that are more technically - or vocationally - oriented. 
  • ECVET contributes to the development of a common language for use by different VET stakeholders and promotes mutual trust within the wider VET community. 

Benefits of ECVET for Lifelong Learning


In the context of economic restructuring, where certain sectors are declining whilst others have difficulties in recruiting adequately qualified staff, there is a need for a flexible workforce. Individuals are ex­pected to have both the aptitude as well as the opportunity to enable continued learning and the development of new knowledge, skills and competence. Lifelong learning and the recognition of learning and skills aims at facilitating the transition between different jobs, com­panies or sectors, as well as the transition from unemployment or inactivity into employment. It is seen as a means of improving the match between labour market demand and supply and for supporting social inclusion.


  • ECVET is a tool that can assist lifelong learning by improving the transfer, recognition and accumulation of that which has been learned in the past, irrespective of the learning environment. It can facilitate the development of individualised and flexible lifelong learning paths enabling individual learners to gain knowledge, skills and competence, and ultimately a qualification. 
  • ECVET supports a range of learners and learning scenarios including:
    • Learners wishing to upgrade or extend their qualifications through part-time study.
    • Learners wishing to study for additional qualifications that complement or build on those already held.
    • Learners seeking qualifications for career progression.
    • Learners returning to education or training.