Strategic partnership

Erasmus+ project

Strategic partnership for VET

Deadline: 31/3/2015


Title of the proposal

ECVET for work-based learning (ECWORK)


Project partnership (to be confirmed)

Applicant: Elektrostrojarska skola


Intercollege, Cyprus

FORAVE, Portugal

Fondo Formacion Euskadi, Spain

IDEC, Greece 


Project concept 

The central idea of the ECVET project is to develop capacity for implementation of ECVET methodology to VET schools and organisations of Southern Europe, so that they can benefit from transnational mobility and work-based learning. 



The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) has been launched with the ECVET Recommendation in 2009. Since then, ECVET has been tested through European projects (e.g. Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ programmes) and national initiatives (e.g. FINECVET in Finland and DECVET in Germany).

ECVET is based on three pillars:

  1. Qualification, expressed in units of learning outcomes, each one of them can be assessed and validated separately, no matter how the learning outcomes have been acquired through formal, non-formal or informal settings.
  2. Transfer and accumulation process of units of learning outcomes and the corresponding credits and ECVET points
  3. Quality assurance through processes and documents such as Memorandum of Understanding, Learning Agreements and Personal Transcripts.
  4. In ECWORK project, we want to develop a bottom-up approach for credit transfer of learning outcomes acquired through transnational work-based learning mobility. The project will be implemented in electromechanics field, involving qualifications at EQF levels 4/5, across Southern European countries using ECVET methodology. 


Aims and objectives 

The aim of the project is to promote credit transfer, mobility and employability of students in electromechanics sector.

The general objective of the project is to facilitate validation, recognition and transfer of learning outcomes in electromechanics sector, acquired through transnational work-based learning using ECVET methodology.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To map European qualifications on electromechanics of countries of South Europe and identify transferable units of learning outcomes for transnational mobility of students
  • To develop a teachers’ guide for organisation of transnational work-based learning mobility
  • To develop an employers’ guide for designing work-based learning in companies
  • To develop a toolkit for students, to facilitate and support them in transnational mobility and work-based learning.
  • To organise a learning activity for VET organisations on ECVET methodology
  • To pilot test the work-based learning modules and the credit transfer methodology, through limited mobilities. 


Intellectual outputs 

  1. Study on national qualifications on electromechanics at levels 4 / 5 of EQF
  2. Teachers guide: Using ECVET for transnational work-based learning
  3. Employers’ guide: Designing and providing work-based learning for foreign students
  4. Students’ toolkit: Organising my work experience abroad
  5. ECVET implementation – Recommendations for VET schools and employers (results of the pilots) 


Target groups 

The project targets teachers and students in electromechanics from Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus that can benefit from transnational mobility, validation and recognition of their competences and learning outcomes. The partnership includes VET schools and VET centres at the levels 4/5 of EQF. 


Contribution to EU policies 

The project builds and capitalises on European Union policies and work done by Cedefop, European Commission and Member States as well as bottom up approached by ECVET projects.

It contributes to EU policies by promoting ECVET and work-based learning 



Grant of the project is 182 785,00 €. 


Partners’ roles 

  Lead Intellectual Outputs General project activities Piloting activities (send students abroad, proving work placements to foreign students)
Elektrostrojarska škola Study on national qualifications Project management Send: 2
Host: 2
IEK DELTA, Greece Develop students’ toolkit   Send: 2
Host: 2
Intercollege, Cyprus Develop ECVET Recommendations   Send: 2
Host: 2
FORAVE, Portugal   Evaluation Send: 2
Host: 2
Fondo Formacion Euskadi, Spain Develop employers’ guide Dissemination strategy Send: 2
Host: 2
IDEC, Greece Develop teachers’ guide, organize training of VET trainers Quality assurance