SEPLO

SEPLO  – ‘Simplifying the evidencing process for learning outcomes’

The aim of SEPLO project is to develop accessible tools and innovative resources to simplify the work of all the stakeholder involved in ECVET projects: the sending VET colleges, the host organizations and the VET learners. ECVET stands for European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training and it is a technical framework that can be used to identify realistic pedagodical outcomes achieved and evidenced during a work placement in a foreign country and so to integrate the mobility into the vocational course of study.

SEPLO, simplifying and supporting the implementation of ECVET and encouraging active engagement with the framework, aim to improve the quality of work based mobility opportunities and the use of European reference tools for recognition, validation and transparency of competences and qualifications.

The project has been launched on September 2016 and will finish on February 2019. It has been involving 5 partners, based in 6 countries across Europe, who have a range of experiences organizing transnational mobility placements for vocational learners which contribute to their course of study in their home country.

In order to develop the project, 6 international meeting has been planned, each one hosted in one of the partner’s country. Those are a useful opportunity for consultation about the activities carried out since last meeting and about next steps. Furthermore, 4 multiplier events has been organized: those aimed to share project results with a wider audience.

Perpignan international meeting – March 2018

Why SEPLO partnership was born?

  • The perceived need to provide further support and guidance to the key stakeholders involved in ECVET
  • the perceived need to simplify and demystify ECVET
  • the will to win the resistance perceived to engage with the ECVET framework
  • the will to cope with the lack of understanding and awareness of how to engage with the framework and how to implement it
  • the will of highlight the potential benefits that such an engagement might bring

Those are the reasons which bring to the birth of the SEPLO partnership. We all  have recognized the need to develop tools that will facilitate a straightforward and accessible approach to using ECVET, because we acknowledge that there are barriers to engage with this framework, due to complicated language and processes and a lack of clarity as to how the evidence gathered will be received by national accrediting bodies.

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 as well as hosting companies 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 (IO). We intend for the resources to be tested with our organisations and with participants directly involved in the mobility activities of our partners.

IO01: The mapping of accrediting body requirements across 6 European countries, in order to create a common framework for describing learning outcomes. 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;

IO02: Guidance on the assessment process and templates for recording and evidencing learning acquired on placement. 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;

IO03: Resources to support support vocational colleges to understand their role and engage with ECVET process;
IO04:Resources to support mobility participants to understand their role and engage with the ECVET process;
IO05: Resources to support host organisations to understand their role and engage with the ECVET process;

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.

IO06: Document to promote stronger awareness and better alignment with the European Qualification Framework.

Through the development of these resources, we hope to provide an approach to address the challenges faced by our stakeholder groups in integrating the ECVET methodology as a way of validating work based mobility activities. This project is specifically focussed on learners on vocational courses up to Level 3, for whom the use of ECVET has not been widely promoted, to date. Through our dissemination strategy, we hope to share the resources widely, across stakeholder groups within partner countries, and to other European countries, beyond our immediate partner countries.

Those resources 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.

At Alfmed we seized the opportunity to do that with the group Europa 2000, four Hungarian professors who spent one week in Perpignan, hosted by Alfmed, in order to observe how we work and to know in which projects we are involved.

Le groupe Europa2000