Newsletter No 7 –ELEVET
This is the seventh newsletter of the project. The aim of the newsletter is to keep stakeholders informed about the progress and the outcomes of the project. This letter covers the period February to June 2013. This newsletter is published in English, Italian and Polish language.

The Aim of ELEVET
The aim of the project is to facilitate mobility of electricians and electrical engineers in Europe by improving transparency and establishing recognition of learning outcomes – both acquired in formal and non-formal training paths. Further, to modernise VET paths of electricians and electrical engineers through an integration of a set of soft- and business skills.

Steering Committee Meeting in Denmark
The steering committee was together with the monitoring committee meeting held in March at SDE College in Denmark.

The purpose of the meeting was to go through the quality assessment of the project and to manage and decide on the current project work. The main outcomes of work package 4, the Framework and the Handbook were presented and the project roadmap was updated.

The Framework
The Framework takes its starting point from the outcomes of conducted questionnaire and focus group interviews carried out in the partner countries and the international focus meeting about core soft- and business skills of electrical engineers. The most useful part of the Framework is the methodology describing how to transfer credit points to existing and new courses. Two cornerstones of the methodology are learning outcomes and units of learning outcomes.

What are Learning Outcomes?
* Learning outcomes are statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process.
* Learning outcomes can be used for various purposes such as establishing descriptors of qualification frameworks, define qualifications, design curricula, assessment etc.
* Learning outcomes are set out in various levels of detail depending on their purpose and context
* Learning outcomes are developed in the process of designing qualifications. There are different approaches to identifying and describing learning outcomes depending on the qualification system
* Learning outcomes may be acquired through a variety of learning pathways, modes of delivery in different learning contexts

Source: ECVET Questions and Answers (2011:12)

What is a Unit of Learning Outcomes?
* A unit is a component of a qualification, consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competence that can be assessed and validated
* Units enable progressive achievements of qualifications through transfer and accumulation of learning outcomes. They are subject to assessment and validation, which verify and record what the learner has achieved and the learning outcomes expected

Source: ECVET Questions and Answers (2011:14)

The Framework describes 15 learning outcomes, which are broken down into a total of more than 70 units of learning outcomes in terms of qualification categories and has a reference to the findings of desired soft- and business skills based empirical findings of the project.
Units of learning outcomes are further described as modules. During the course of June 2013, modules will be published in English. Summaries will be published in Italian, Polish and Spanish language. You can get the Framework publication from the project website: www.elevet.sep.com.pl

Project Progress Report
The project progress report covering the period 1 October 2011 to 31 December 2012 was submitted to the EACEA in Brussels late January 2013. The report has now been evaluated and approved by the EACEA. You can find the public part of the Progress Report on the website: http://www.elevet.sep.com.pl/index.php?lang=en
On 3 April the project management met with the EACEA Office in Brussels. It was a working meeting related to the project ELEVET implementation
based on the materials prepared before the meeting and submitted to the Agency, during the meeting matters relating to project management, project budget matters, financial matters concerning the settlement between the coordinator and the Agency and between the coordinator and the partners were discussed. Progress Report and current activities aimed at timely completion of the project were also discussed.

ELEVET Dissemination
ELEVET outcomes are disseminated via the project website – the current state early June is that the website has more than 100,000 unique visitors.

The Polish and the Spanish partners of the project will present current outcomes of the project at a round table session at the annual Efvet International Conference in Athens from 23 to 26 October 2013. You can read more about the conference on Efvet’s website: http://www.efvet.org A round table session gives you the opportunity to see projects outcomes but also to debate and give feedback.
You can subscribe to ELEVET newsletters on the project website. Newsletters are in English, Polish and Italian language.

Next Project Meeting
The next project meeting, which consists of a steering committee meeting, will be held in Rome on 2 and 3 September 2013. The main points of the agenda are to present and discuss the ECVET framework proposal and to make the quality assurance of the current stage of the project.

Contact Details
The contact details of the project secretary are:
Ms Anna Dzieciol – SEP Foreign Relations
Tel:        +48 22 55 64 329
Mobile:                +48 662 186 219
Fax:       +48 22 55 64 301
E-mail:  dz.sep@sep.com.pl
SEP URL:              www.sep.com.pl
Project URL:      www.elevet.sep.com.pl

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