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> Joint Seminar EQAVET ECVET EQF
1-2 October 2012 - Paris (FR)

The ICARE project was presented as one of the three case studies during the EQAVET ECVET EQF Joint Seminar held in Paris last 1st and 2nd of October. The focus of the seminar, which gathered around 70 participants from all over Europe, was the use of units within professional qualifications.

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> ICARE Project disseminated in Germany

Winfried Ellwanger, managing Director of VHS Cham took part in the conference ‘Der deutsche Qualifikations-rahmen für lebenslanges Lernen (DQR) und seine Herausforderungen für die Weiterbildung’ in Berlin on 17th of September 2012. Mr Ellwanger presented the topic ‘Kompetenzen europaweit sichtbar machen. Stand und Entwicklungsergebnisse beim Einsatz von DQR, EQR und ECVET in der Weiterbildung’, with the aim of the presenting the latest developments and implementation of German National Qualification Framework and ECVET in Germany. The I CARE project was presented as a German good practice project. The participants in the conference represented the sector of health professions and further education institutions.

On 18th and 19th of September, VHS Cham was invited to conduct two workshops in Hof and Munich on ECVET implementation in Germany. The main aims and activities of the project I CARE were presented to an audience of more than 40 representatives of the vocational and further education sector, as well as some representatives of the companies

> The ICARE Project was presented to the POLISH ECVET EXPERT GROUP

SIC! Foundation was invited to present the ICARE project, its aims and objectives during the ECVET expert meeting that was held in Warsaw last 20th of April. The meeting gathered public authorities including the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, the National Centre for Supporting Vocational and Continuing Education and the Centre for Teachers’ Improvement. The group was newly established and it is in charge of coordination, promotion and development and implementation of ECVET in Poland. Two Leonardo da Vinci projects were presented during the seminar. The meeting was an opportunity to share ICARE experience with stakeholders having an impact on the education and vocational policy in the country. ICARE project raised questions and was found interesting by the experts

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> ECVET PILOT PROJECTS - Second Generation
Seminar: ‘Approaches to the Assessment of Units of Learning Outcomes’
26-27 April 2012 - Rome (IT)

Following the seminar organised in Ljubljana in September 2011, the second generation of ECVET pilot projects will spend two days together in order to discuss the different approaches to the assessment of Units of LOs, to stimulate exchange and to identify transferable practices and methods. The ICARE project, which is one of the eight second generation ECVET pilot projects, will attend the meeting and present its approach to LOs.

> THIRD ICARE METING
23-24 April 2012 - Bergamo (IT)

The third ICARE Consortium Meeting was an opportunity for project partners to discussed achieved results and to settle the agenda of activities for the forthcoming months. Particular attention was paid to the on-going pilot test, which should be implemented until the end of June by involving workers and practitioners for each of the five chosen qualifications. The piloting phase was initiated in Italy and will be then extended to partner countries

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> NetECVET WORKSHOP: ‘Definition and Description of (Units) of Learning Outcomes’
29-30 March 2012 - Paris (FR)

The ICARE project was invited to attend the workshop, which is part of the activities of the thematic networking group ‘NetECVET: Working Together to Understand and Implement ECVET’ funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the German National Agency – BIBB, in cooperation with the National Agencies from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. A series of international seminars are being held in 2012 to facilitate the exchange between ECVET projects, mobility practitioners and stakeholders. The approach of the workshops is essentially bottom-up.
As the approach to Learning Outcomes used by the ICARE project is considered as promising, the project staff was invited to participate in the meeting in order to share its experience with all participants.

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> INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VALIDATION: 'To Implement a High Quality Validation Process - A Challenge!'
5-7 March 2012 - Oslo (NO)

The ICARE project was presented during the conference, which was supported by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the Nordic Council of Ministers. 105 participants from 26 countries participated to exchange ideas, discuss and explore the present and future of validation. The questions were many, but so were the good examples. Three days of plenary speeches, workshops and panel discussions provided a thorough overview of research results, guidelines and the way forward.

For a quick glance at the events, scroll down the Storify-summary of the conference.
For detailed information on the conference results, please visit the following link:
http://www.nordvux.net/page/1382/conferenceonvalidation2012.htm
For further information on the workshop during which the ICARE project was presented, please visit the following link:
http://www.nordvux.net/page/1390/icareandcncteknik2010.htm

> CALL FOR STAKEHOLDERS
Working in consultation with experts from each occupational field is essential to ensure that our tools and methods are empirically derived, neither too abstract nor too detailed, responsive to labour market needs and ready to adapt to its fast changes. ICARE project would like to involve you in field observation and interviews to help us firstly observe work methodologies and existing tools, and further test the effectiveness and efficiency of the methodologies identified for each qualification. If you are a trainer or a VET manager, a job adviser or an operator of a job placement service, an expert in personal care training, a worker, or you are simply interested to provide your opinion, please contact msaputi@cefass.it for providing your availability

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> FINAL CONFERENCE OF ECVET PILOT PROJECTS
After three years of project work, testing, common reflections and joint discussions on methods and tools, the ECVET pilot projects funded through the centralised actions of the Lifelong Learning Programme are looking forward to sharing their findings.

The final conference of the European first generation of ECVET pilot projects will take place in Brussels on February 22-23 and will bring together around 130 persons among whom:

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Representatives of competent institutions involved in ECVET testing and implementation (Ministries but also Chambers or sectoral bodies);
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Representatives of National Agencies of the Lifelong Learning Programme;
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Future ECVET promoters;
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Practitioners interested in working with ECVET.

The programme will give the opportunity to find out more about the work of these projects, but also to reflect on and discuss about the future needs in view of ECVET implementation.

For further details on the event, please visit the following link:
http://www.ecvet-projects.eu/Seminars/SeminarDetail.aspx?id=44

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> WEB CONFERENCE

Within the framework of ECVET Pilot Projects funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, the CO.L.O.R. project (managed by ARLAS Campania and ISFOL) invited the ICARE project to participate in a web conference which was held on the 6th of December 2011. The web conference focused on the following issues:
- ECVET and the learning outcomes approach within the European Strategy for Mobility
- Networking activities of the Regions for the mobility of learning outcomes

- Work and persons in mobility (an overview of the last Caritas Report).
For accessing the registration of the web conference, please visit the following webpage: http://www.ialweb.it/archivio_scheda_live.asp?RecordID=8165

[ITA] Nel quadro delle attività dei Progetti Piloti ECVET finanziati dalla Commissione Europea con il Programma per l’Apprendimento Lungo tutto l’Arco della Vita, il
progetto CO.L.O.R. (promosso da ARLAS Campania e ISFOL) ha invitato il progetto ICARE a prendere parte ad una conferenza web che si è tenuta il 6 dicembre 2011. La conferenza si è focalizzata sui seguenti temi:
- ECVET e dell'approccio per risultati dell’Apprendimento nella Strategia Europea per la mobilità
- Regioni in rete per la mobilità dei risultati
- Lavoro e persone della mobilità, con una fotografia dall’ultimo Rapporto Caritas.

Per accedere alla registrazione della conferenza è possibile visitare la seguente pagina web: http://www.ialweb.it/archivio_scheda_live.asp?RecordID=8165

> SECOND ICARE MEETING
13-14 October 2011 - Bucharest (RM)

Project partners met again for two days of exchange and co-operation on developments ahead. Next working phase will focus on the implementation of ECVET principles/technical specifications (
WP3). Keep visiting our website for update on the meeting's outcome

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ECVET PILOT PROJECTS - First and Second Generation
Seminar: 'Synergies and Challenges'

29-30 September 2011 - Ljubljana (SL)

The ICARE project attended the 8th ECVET Pilot Projects Seminar, the event organised to
bring together the 1st (2008-2011) and 2nd generation (2011-2013) of ECVET pilot projects for exchanging their views on common challenges and opportunities for synergies. The ICARE presentation on "How Approaching Learning Outcomes" is now published on the Ecvet Pilot Projects website, where you will find all participants' presentations available for download.


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Easier recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany
(Ralf W. Maier and Bernd Rupprecht, LL. M.)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Department 325 Integration through Education
In March 2011, the Federal Government published a draft bill for a law to improve the assessment and recognition of foreign vocational and professional qualifications. This draft bill is currently being debated in the Bundesrat (the legislative body that represents the federal states) and in the Bundestag. The so-called "Recognition Act" will make it considerably easier for immigrants and Germans who have learned an occupation abroad to exercise employment appropriate to their qualifications in Germany.


> THE 2011 ANNUAL ECVET FORUM
The second edition of the ECVET Forum took place in Madrid on the 9th and the 10th of June.
The Forum outcome has been published on the European ECVET Network website:

http://www.ecvet-team.eu/en/content/2011-annual-ecvet-forum-9th-10th-june


> PROJECT KICK OFF MEETING
24-25 February 2011 - Poznan (Poland)

The kick-off meeting was organised in order to launch project activities and initiate the exchange among partners. The focus of this first meeting was on administrative issues, work plan and tasks attributed to participating organisations. Furthermore, an in depth discussion on national qualification frameworks and the use of ECVET principles in each country took place. A co-operative and friendly ambience characterised the two working days.

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