Thursday, 26 May 2022


What is a Learning Agreement?

The Learning Agreement is a contract, an official Erasmus+ document, which is issued to students taking part in a study/work exchange through the programme.
The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the exchange to make sure the student receives recognition for the activities successfully completed abroad.
The Learning Agreement sets out the programme of the traineeship to be followed abroad and must be approved by the student, the sending and the receiving institution, organisation or enterprise before the start of the exchange.
The Learning Agreement should include all the learning outcomes the student is expected to acquire during the exchange.
For student mobility for traineeships, the Learning Agreement should set out how the traineeship will be recognised depending on whether it counts towards the student’s degree, is taken on a voluntary basis (not obligatory for the degree) or is being carried out by a recent graduate.
All three parties signing the Learning Agreement commit to comply with all the agreed arrangements, thereby insuring that the student will receive the recognition for the studies or traineeship carried out abroad without any further requirements.

What is Europass?

Europass is a new initiative which aims to help people make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe, thus facilitating the mobility of both learners and workers. The Europass documents have been designed in such a way as to help people chronicle their skills and competences in a coherent manner, whether they are planning to enroll in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad.
Europass consists of a portfolio of five documents as follows:

Two documents which individuals can complete independently
  • Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Europass Language Passport

Three documents which are completed by the competent organisation on behalf of the individual -
  • Europass Mobility
  • Europass Certificate Supplement
  • Europass Diploma Supplement

What are Learning Outcomes?

The 2008 EQF recommendation defines learning outcomes as ‘…statements of what an individual should know, understand and/or be able to do at the end of a learning process’. The learning outcomes perspective is used for a number of different purposes, the most important being:
  • Qualifications frameworks and their level descriptors
  • Qualification standards
  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment and validation
  • Quality assurance
  • Teaching and training

For all these purposes the learning outcomes approach strengthens the focus on the individual learner and the level of knowledge, skills and competence s/he is expected to achieve. This balances a traditional focus on education and training input, notably on duration and location of learning.
The learning outcomes principle is - explicitly since 2004 - systematically promoted in the EU policy agenda for education, training and employment. The learning outcomes approach binds together important European tools developed during the last decade, notably the European Qualification Frameworks (EQF). At national level, the learning outcomes form the basis on which national qualifications frameworks are built and is increasingly influencing the definition and writing of qualifications and curricula as well as the orientation of assessment and teaching and training.

What is the European qualifications framework (EQF)?

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a common European reference framework whose purpose is to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries and systems. Covering qualifications at all levels and in all sub-systems of education and training, the EQF provides a comprehensive overview over qualifications in the 39 European countries currently involved in its implementation. In close cooperation with the European Commission, Cedefop provides analytical and coordination support for the implementation of the EQF and carries out a number of comparative studies and analysis on issues related to the implementation of the framework at EU, national and sectoral level.
The core of the EQF is its eight reference levels defined in terms of learning outcomes, i.e. knowledge, skills and autonomy-responsibility. Learning outcomes express what individuals know, understand and are able to do at the end of a learning process. Countries develop national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) to implement the EQF.

What is the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)?

ECVET is a new European instrument to support lifelong learning, the mobility of European learners and flexibility of learning pathways to achieve qualifications.
This guide is intended for the use of people engaging in the experimentation or in the implementation of ECVET. These can be policy-makers, competent institutions in charge of designing qualifications, VET providers (such as training centres or enterprises) or any other stakeholders.
It explains the key ECVET concepts and processes and provides guidance and illustrations for ECVET implementation. It contains examples of possible approaches experienced in ongoing projects and initiatives.
ECVET stands for the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training


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