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Presentation by Mara Brugia (Head of Area - Cedefop) on the occasion of the EESC Labour Market Observatory conference held on 3 December 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece …

Presentation by Mara Brugia (Head of Area - Cedefop) on the occasion of the EESC Labour Market Observatory conference held on 3 December 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece


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  • 1. Qualifications frameworks in Europe: supporting transparency, recognition and mobility? Mara Brugia, Head of Area - Cedefop EESC conference on ‘Skills and mobility for competitiveness’ , Thessaloniki, 3 December 2013
  • 2. Obstacles to cross-border mobility in EU-27/EEA/EFTA countries Source: European Commission (2012), Language competences for employability mobility and growth. Accompanying document to the Communication from the Commission “Rethinking Education”, SWD 372. 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 2
  • 3. The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) A bridge between qualifications systems • A translation grid to understand and compare qualifications across Europe • Covers qualifications at all levels and sub-systems of education and training • 8 reference levels defined in terms of learning outcomes  EU objective: Cross-border mobility and lifelong learning 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 3
  • 4. NQFs in Europe – impressive developments 36 countries are working on NQFs In 5 countries NQFs are fully operational 24 countries have formally adopted NQFs 11 countries working on NQF practical arrangements 30 countries working on comprehensive NQFs 21 countries have linked their qualifications to the EQF  NQFs a global phenomenon (142 countries worldwide) 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 4
  • 5. NQFs reflect national contexts, needs and priorities  Establish a closer link to the labour market (e.g. Cyprus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Portugal)  Make education and training systems less complex and more flexible (e.g. Germany, Romania, Turkey)  Signal qualifications needed by the labour market (e.g. Lithuania)  New impetus to validation of non-formal learning (e.g. Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia) 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 5
  • 6. NQFs – mobility and recognition of qualifications  Help understand the level of a qualification  Make relationship between qualifications clearer  Qualifications databases and registers EQF supports recognition BUT not a legal tool 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 6
  • 7. NQFs – contribution to skills strategy  NQF for recruiting, certifying skills, career paths  or just policy hype?  Cooperation platform with employers, employees, others 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 7
  • 8. Thank you for your attention www.cedefop.europa.eu 3 December 2013 Mara Brugia 8