Learning outcomes as part of qualifications are key to aligning the NQF to the EQF


Defining learning outcomes in qualifications is key to the process of harmonization of the NQF with the EQF because they represent measurable statements on what students know and what skills they have when they leave the process of learning and training. With the support of the ETF and the approach based on creating a Register of qualifications and analysing sample qualifications, gathered evidence has shown that the approach to qualifications based on learning outcomes in reformed three-year vocational education programmes, which are based on occupational standards and focused on learning outcomes, is better aligned than existing four-year vocational education programmes. This is why four-year vocational qualifications require a more transparent and easier way of reading and defining learning outcomes, which will aid the understanding of qualifications and determining their level.

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For this purpose, the Ministry of Education and VET Centre, with the support of the ETF and in the presence of their representative, Ms. Eduarda Castel Branco and Mr. Wojciech Stęchły, expert from Poland, held a two-day workshop, on 3rd and 4th September 2015, which was to contribute towards strengthening capacities and piloting practical means of identification, formulation and description of key results of the sample four-year vocational qualifications. The workshop formulated learning outcomes of sample programmes and shared the approach and methodology developed in Poland. The workshop was attended by the core group responsible for preparing the Referencing report for referencing the NQF to the EQF, counselors from the VET Centre, the Centre for Adult Education and the Bureau for Development of Education, representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Employment Service Agency of RM, teachers from vocational schools and employers.

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