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Building up Mutual Trust. Zooming in on EQF-level six with regard to the Engineering Sector.ZOOM Project

 

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ZOOM PROJECT

The European Commission has introduced an eight-level Qualifications Framework, in which all EU Member States are to reference their national qualifications and diplomas by 2012. In this context, practical difficulties have to date emerged particularly where traditionally different paths lead to the acquisition of similar diplomas.

The project will focus on two sectors: motor vehicle mechanics and electrical engineering.These two sectors have been chosen because they are quantitatively key economic fields in all participating countries with a high number of employees. Second transnational mobility plays an important role in these sectors and thus there is a certain need for transparency of qualifications as a prerequisite for enhanced workers mobility.

 

 

As the project aims at advanced technical levels, the focus will be on the vicinity of level 6 of the Qualifications Framework. As descriptions of learning outcomes for the envisaged qualifications are available only in part, it will be a major task of the planned project to draw up these descriptions. Zoom partners will undertake a precise description andanalysis of learning outcomes of the master craftsperson qualification in the participating countries.

Then the analyzed qualifications will be classified on the basis of the descriptions. One procedural role to be applied in referencing qualifications to the reference framework is the so-called best-fit principle, which means that if not all three dimensions (knowledge, skills and competence) of a level apply, qualifications are to be referenced to the level whose descriptions fit the respective qualification best. To date, however, no procedural specifications exist on how to proceed when applying the best-fit principle.

 But only after a testing phase and a reality check it will be possible to decide, if these first classifications were justified or if reclassifications have to take place. 

Generally Zoom will help to establish transparency, based on clear criteria in a common language and classification rules which rest upon agreed principles. In a larger context Zoom will therefore support the linking of the European qualifications systems and enable them to relate to each other.