Announcing: International conference on qualifications frameworks
In less than a month, on 6 and 7 October in Brussels, the ETF will hold an international conference on qualifications frameworks. More than one hundred experts and policymakers will discuss how to implement national qualifications frameworks (NQF).
One of main goals of the conference is to establish a global community of practitioners involved in developing qualifications frameworks in order to share knowledge and experience, and better support each other’s work.
Participants hail from all over the world, from international organisations, EU institutions and governments. For all those who can’t attend in person, the ETF will ensure a good online coverage of the event.
We talked to the organisers of the conference, the ETF’s Arien Deij and Epke Vogel, about what qualifications frameworks are, how students, employers and policymakers can benefit from qualifications frameworks, and why frameworks are an attractive way of approaching the reform of education systems.
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.
The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.