SEPLO

SEPLO stands for ‘Simplifying the evidencing process for learning outcomes’. The aim of this project is to develop innovative tools and resources to support VET colleges, work placement hosting organizations and learners/beneficiaries to integrate learning outcomes into a work based mobility activity.

In order to do this, we will support these stakeholders to engage with the ECVET framework. ECVET is the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training. It is a technical framework that can be used to identify learning outcomes and record participants progress towards or achievement of these outcomes during their placement. Outcomes can be related to technical components of a vocational course or soft skills development.

The project will be delivered over 2 years, by 6 European partners who have range of experiences using the ECVET framework to support their European mobility activity. All partners offer structured international work placements that contribute directly to their learners’ vocational course of study, avoiding the need for classroom based duplication.

Together we have recognized the need to develop tools that will facilitate a straightforward and accessible approach to using ECVET, which will be specifically aimed at lower level vocational qualifications (up to EQF level 3). We acknowledge that there are perceived barriers to using the ECVET framework due to seemingly complicated language and processes and a lack of clarity as to how the evidence gathered will be received by national accrediting bodies. We have seen that in some national contexts, it is not always clear how ECVET works and what it can offer.

We hope that by developing tools that support a stronger and more integrated use of the ECVET framework within a mobility activity, we can contribute to an improved quality of pan-European work based learning placements, with clearer outcomes for learners, thus encouraging more VET colleges to engage in high quality mobility projects. This, in turn, will lead to more learners acquiring hands-on experience and enriched skills through working abroad in new cultural and professional contexts.

Our Resources

The SEPLO project will produce six intellectual outputs, which fall into three broad categories (see below). We intend for the resources to be tested with our partner organisations and with participants directly involved in the mobility activities of our partners. They will be disseminated for use by vocational colleges in each national context, in the first instance, and more widely across other European countries beyond that.

Mapping of accrediting bodies

The output itself will be a learning material, which will bring together the different national requirements into a common Learning Outcomes (LO) framework. The rationale is to provide a foundation and a common language for describing and setting learning outcomes, that can be applied to a range of national accreditation systems.

Guidance on the assessment of LOs

This output will provide guidance and clear instructions for evidencing learning and look at how different stakeholders can gather supporting evidence to reinforce the overall assessment. We will develop user friendly and flexible templates that can be used in a range of settings and vocational areas, and break down the process for evidencing learning.

Support for vocational colleges, mobility participants and host organisations

These resources will simplify the use of ECVET for mobility experiences, enabling acknowledgement and accreditation of learning experiences outside of the classroom and the country. We will demystify ECVET and create resources which allow for easy implementation into distinct national contexts, thus increasing the opportunity for European learners to go abroad and enrich their learning through mobility experiences.