Every country has a qualification system, made up of all the elements that lead to the issuing of a qualification by a recognised body to an individual for achieving learning outcomes to a given standard. The parts of a qualification system include schools, authorities, stakeholder bodies, laws, institutions, quality assurance processes, and qualifications frameworks. Governments and stakeholders in our partner countries want to make qualifications more relevant to the workplace, as they seek to promote lifelong learning and gain international recognition in a globalised and highly mobile environment.

In addition, many of our partner countries are upgrading existing National Qualifications Frameworks, or creating new ones, as a focal point for organising qualifications, and as part of wider reform within their education and training system. Our activities and outputs include supporting the design and development of qualification systems, including advising on laws, stakeholder platforms, institutional arrangements and quality assurance, producing inventories and manuals and linking partner country developments to EU and global initiatives. Our priority is to support partner country actors in modernizing their systems.

To supplement partner country experts' knowledge and expertise, the ETF has established a Qualifications Platform, an 800-member online community, in English and Russian, of qualifications experts who blog, share information and report new developments.

We help candidate and potential candidate countries to reference their National Qualifications Frameworks to the European Qualifications Framework, and cooperate with partner organisations such as Cedefop and UNESCO on initiatives to develop World Reference Levels for qualifications and a biennial Global National Qualifications Frameworks Inventory.

The ETF has also produced a toolkit showing how qualifications can reach and benefit learners, institutions, and employers. The toolkit covers the relationship between qualifications and curricula, and the functions of guidance, verification of non-formal and informal learning, and communication services.

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Evaluation of Qualification activities in ETF partner countries