Lifelong learning... in Belgium
Thésée - Methodological guide and Vade Mecum of pathways and bridges.
SFMQ – Francophone Occupations and Qualifications Service, brings together the Public services for employment (S.P.E.), the social partners and all education, training and social and vocational insertion providers, as well as the Consortium for skills validation (C.D.V.C.) to produce Job profiles and training profiles in French-speaking Belgium.
CDVC – the Consortium is aimed at people who have learnt a trade “on the job”, those who have skills but no educational certificate; in short, people who have genuine occupational capacities that are not recognised… The CDVC scheme enables them to get their skills recognised officially, by delivering Competence certificates. In order to obtain a given certificate, one has to demonstrate mastery of the occupational skills by passing a practical test in a workplace setting in one of the designated centres.
AEF - or Francophone agency for lifelong education and training is Belgium’s national French-speaking agency. AEF-Europe was created in July 2007, as a result of a process of cooperation between the Wallonia-Brussels federation, the Wallonia region and the Brussels-capital region. This agency is charged with promoting, implementing and managing the actions of the lifelong learning programme, with respect for the European objectives. it aims to inform the public and promote synergies within the lifelong education and training programme. The Europass Francophone Belgium Centre and the e-twinning action have joined the AEF-Europe agency team.
And lifelong learning... in Europe
ECVET – European Credits for Vocational Education and Training
ECVET TEAM - the European ECVET Team network proposes seminars, workshops and an annual forum on the theme of ECVETs
CEDEFOP - CEDEFOP is the European Centre for the Development of Vocational training.
EQF – the European Qualifications Framework is a common 8-level reference framework for comparing qualifications. For each level, it describes the knowledge, aptitudes and levels of autonomy and independence required to obtain the qualification. It enables each country in the EU to compare the qualification levels in its own national system with the levels in other countries.
EQAVET - European Quality Assurance for Vocational Education and Training. This is the European reference framework for quality assurance in vocational education and training.
EUROPASS - The Europass is made up of 5 documents to clearly express one’s skills and qualifications in Europe:
- on the one hand, the CV and languages passport are free to download and fill in by European citizens,
- on the other hand, Europass Mobility, the descriptive supplement to the certificate and the Supplement to the diploma are delivered by the competent education and training authorities
Copenhagen process - this process was launched in 2002 and it aims to improve the performance, the quality and the attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET) by strengthening cooperation at the European level. The process is based on common priorities that are reviewed every two years.
Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training – “Education and Training 2020”
Bruges Communiqué - The Bruges Communiqué is the document presenting the European Commission’s strategy for vocational training. It describes a modern and attractive vocational training system and presents a medium-term action plan (2011-2014) aimed at encouraging concrete national, which will receive EU support.