Using the National Qualifications Framework as an Instrument for Lifelong Learning

Support for the individual in lifelong learning is an important goal of the National Qualifications Framework, and as such it was discussed during the EQVET Conference held on 6th November 2017, organized by the National Agency for European Programmes and Mobility.  An important tool in facilitating lifelong learning in vocational education and training are credits (European credits for vocational education and training) which measure the time spent attaining qualifications and the credit transfer system which enables transfer of credits for attaining qualifications from one institution to another and from one level to the next.

            During the conference, it was emphasized that the National Qualifications Framework  is a national standard for establishing the system of qualifications obtained in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as an instrument for systematization of the qualifications, visibility of the qualifications, comparing, visibility and reforms for the modernization of the system for education and training, communication and mutual platform for cooperation of stakeholders, as well as balance between education and training and the labour  market needs, as well as confidence in the qualifications possessed by an individual, since it creates a unique system of quality management.

            The State Advisor in the Ministry of Education and Science, Natasha Janevska, has emphasized that everyone benefits from using the NQF: employers and chambers can utilize it to verify the skills and qualifications needed for employment, companies can continuously improve on the skills of their employees, consistent with rapid technological advances, the Employment Service Agency, as well as individuals can use the NQF to consider the relation between the type and level of qualifications, as well as compare them on an international level. To policy makers in education and training the NQF is a starting point for reforms in education and training and the final beneficiary is of course, the national economy and society as a whole, since NQF qualifications are harmonized with the economic and socio-cultural needs of the country.

The conference pointed out good practices in conducting EQVET in the Czech Republic.