NQF-IN project (Projet international)
Including non-formal sector qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks.
Céreq is taking part in the NQF-IN project whose main goal is to provide evidence based support to national governments, european agencies and key stakeholders in developing policies on including non-formal VET qualification into NQFs.
This will be done by: (1) analysing systemic solutions implemented in 7 EU countries and (2) developing organisational and financial models related to the inclusion of non-formal qualifications to NQFs.
Each developed model will include a description of: (a) institutional arrangements its pros and cons depending on the goals set for the NQF and the broad institutional context, (b) cost intensity how cost intensive are the systemic solutions envisaged by the model, (c) recommendations on its financing, (d) conditions of success, i.e. which conditions have to be met in order for a particular model to work effectively within a national qualifications system.
The project partners expect that better evidence based support for decision makers and stakeholders will provide more impetus and greater efficiency in NQF implementation and its opening to the non-formal sector, resulting in better VET and LLL policies within EU countries and at the EU level.
NQF-IN Project final conference in Warsaw, Poland (5-6 June 2018)
What needs to be considered when developing a system to include non-school qualifications in an NQF?
Should this be governed by detailed public regulations or by guiding principles?
How will charging fees for inclusion affect the system?
Should the system be centralised or devolved?
What are the implications of the various options for including qualifications in an NQF?
These and other questions about the issue of inclusion were discussed at the final conference of the NQF-in Project, held on June 5-6, 2018 in Warsaw Poland.
Experiences from seven different European countries were outlined with a view to identifying different models of inclusion. Four initial models were presented, each with different configurations of variants for nine basic characteristics of qualifications systems ...
See details and results of the working group sessions on the project's website.
NQF-IN Project Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic (9 November 2017)
The NQF-in Project held its conference on: Including non-formal sector qualifications in the national qualifications framework-the experiences and solutions of 7 European countries in Prague, Czech Republic on November 9, 2017. Project partners gave presentations on the solutions adopted in their countries: Czech Republic, Scotland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary and Poland. Each presentation covered such topics as the historical context of NQF implementation and the legal status of qualifications included in the NQF. Each country report can be accessed on the NQF-In project website.
NQF-IN Project Meeting in Split, Croatia (29 and 30 September 2016)
The third meeting of NQF-IN project partners held in Split, Croatia on 29-30 September 2016. This meeting furthered the work on developing models of including qualifications attained outside of the formal education systems in national qualifications frameworks.
The participants at the Split meeting represent the project's partner institutions from Croatia (University of Split), Czech Republic (NUV), France (CÉREQ), Hungary (OH), Ireland (DIT), Scotland (SCQFP) and Poland (IBE project leader).
The meeting was held to review the country reports (IO 2-8) prepared by each partner institution on how their country's qualifications frameworks includes those qualifications awarded outside of the formal education systems in national qualifications frameworks. During the meeting, each partner presented their country reports. The purpose of this information, presented according to an agreed template, was to provide the analytical foundation for developing the models of how the national qualifications systems of other EU Member States and countries could include non-formal sector qualifications in their NQFs. The presentation of country reports was followed by a discussion to identify what further steps may be needed to improve specific country reports as well as to improve the country report template (IO1). Additionally, we also discussed the basic characteristics of the models to be developed and future project activities.
Producing the country reports according to an agreed methodology furthers the main aim of the project, which is to support decision makers in EU Member States as well as European institutions (European Commission, Cedefop, European Training Foundation) in developing policies to include qualifications attained outside of the school and higher education systems in national qualifications frameworks.
NQF-IN Project Meeting in Dublin (1-2 February 2016)
The second meeting of NQF-IN project partners held in Dublin, Ireland on 1-2 February 2016. The Developing organisational and financial models for including non-formal sector qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF-IN) projected aims to develop models of including qualifications attained outside of school and higher education in national qualifications systems. The project is being implemented under the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.
The participants in the Dublin meeting represented all partner institutions from France (CÉREQ), Irland (DIT), United Kingdom (SCQFP), Hungary (OH), Croatia (University of Split), Czech Republic (NUV) and Poland (IBE project leader).
The meeting was being held to work on the structure and methodology of producing reports on how each partner country includes qualifications awarded outside of school and higher education in national qualifications frameworks. During the meeting, the results of a literature review of this topic were presented. Each partner also made a detailed presentation on the scope and procedures of including qualifications attained through different types of learning in their country's qualifications system. Additionally, plans for future project activities and meetings were discussed.
Producing the country reports according to an agreed methodology will contribute to the main aim of the project, which is to support decision makers in EU Member States as well as European institutions (European Commission, Cedefop, European Training Foundation) in developing policies to include qualifications attained outside of the school and higher education systems in national qualifications frameworks.
The NQF-IN Project Kick-off Meeting in Warsaw (24-25 November 2015)
On November 24-25, 2015, the NQF-IN project kick-off meeting took place in Warsaw at the Educational Research Institute. The meeting initiated implementation of the Erasmus+ project: Developing organisational and financial models for including non-formal sector qualifications in National Qualifications Frameworks.
Representatives of all seven project Partners participated in the kick-off meeting: Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (represented by Dr. Anne Murphy), Educational Authority, Hungary (Ms. Erzsébet Szlamka and Mr. Zoltán Loboda), University of Split, Croatia (Ms. Tea Rei?), Centre for Research on Qualifications (CÉREQ), France (represented by Mr. Matteo Sgarzi and Ms. Josiane Paddeu, National Institute for Education, Czech Republic (Mr. Jan Bruha), Scottish Credit and Qualifications Partnership, United Kingdom (Ms. Sheila Dunn) and leader of the project: Educational Research Institute, Poland (Dr. Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Prof. Ewa Chmielecka, Dr. Stanisław Sławiński, Mr. Horacy Dębowski, Ms. Agata Poczmańska, Ms. Barbara Przybylska, Ms. Sylwia Walicka). Additionally, the project will involve the following silent partners: German Federal Institute of VET (BIBB), Dutch National Agency NCP NLQF and Luxembourg Ministry of Education.
During the meeting, participants introduced themselves and their institution. The objectives of the project were discussed as well as the role and responsibilities of each partner within the Work Packages. Participants also discussed the project's target groups and timetable. By the end of the first day, each participant presented an overview of their country's qualifications: Ireland, Scotland and France as countries with developed systems of including non-formal sector qualifications in NQFs, and then Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Hungary, as countries fairly new to this process or not yet having started it.
During the second day, an overview of the management processes of the project was presented together with the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Additionally, participants discussed the Dissemination Plan, which includes, among others, local seminars in each country, articles, two international conferences and information on websites. The next project meeting is planned for Dublin at the beginning of February 2016.
The project is due to last 36 months (from September 2015 to September 2018).
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Start: September 2015
Ending: September 2018
Céreq publications about the Project :
Including non-formal sector qualifications in National Qualification Frameworks: a challenging process, Training and Employment, n° 137, May 2019.
French national qualification framework: its genesis, working and new challenges, Céreq Études, n°19, November 2018.