Validating competency

Since 2010, Cedefop has been monitoring EU member countries' implementation of ECVET, with a particular focus on analysing the "necessary conditions for its success".A report it published last year demonstrates that, although member states are increasingly committed to implementing ECVET, Europe is still nowhere near having a fully operational credit system for VET and most countries are prioritising their NQFs.Mirroring an increasing interest among organisations in the UK in recording and evaluating employees' informal learning, last year, at the request of the EC, Cedefop developed an "experience document", to complement the Europass system of documents that enable people across Europe to present their qualifications and skills to employers in a standard format, which enables people to record their non-formal and informal learning.

Cedefop supports this by providing evidence of how member states are progressing towards the strategy's objectives and makes follow-up recommendations.This year, Cedefop will be examining how the ECVET can be linked to the European credit transfer system, which is used in higher education, and its findings will be used by the EC in its ECVET evaluation, due to report next year.Cedefop says it will be continuing to work on the issue of reducing the numbers of people who leave VET early, in conjunction with the EC and the Eurydice Network, an EU body that provides information on, and analysis of, European education systems and policies.Cedefop evaluated the progress on implementing this last year and reported that 35 countries are developing 39 NQFs - some countries, including, for example, the UK and Belgium, have more than one - of which 21 have been formally adopted.

Seven countries have just started the linking process, while four have implemented their NQFs completely.

Strategies to ensure that nursing competence is maintained and validated are of increasing importance and are much discussed in the nursing literature.