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ERIC Number: ED542549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2896-0790-2
ISSN: ISSN-1831-2411
Shaping Lifelong Learning: Making the Most of European Tools and Principles. Briefing Note
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
As rapid change threatens to outpace the skills of an ageing workforce and Europe developed towards a knowledge based society, the European Union, other European countries and the social partners have worked together to establish a policy framework for modernising education and training. In vocational education and training (VET), the EU has developed a platform for voluntary cooperation and coordination between Member States called the Copenhagen process. Under the Copenhagen process, Member States, with the social partners, have established common European tools and principles, namely the: (1) European qualifications framework (EQF); (2) the European credit system for VET (ECVET); (3) Europass; (4) European quality assurance framework for VET (EQAVET); (5) principles and guidelines for identifying and validating non-formal and informal learning; and (6) principles on lifelong guidance and counselling. These tools and principles constitute an integrated framework, the impact of which depends on their consistency and how they interact. Their implementation will increase transparency of qualifications, support mobility and benefit citizens by providing a systematic way to validate and document their knowledge, skills and competence. (Contains 3 boxes and 1 footnote.)
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. P.O. Box 22427, Finikas, Thessaloniki, GR-55102. Tel: 30-2310-490111; Fax: 30-2310-490049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Identifiers - Location: European Union