WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES AND IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE
The Erasmus+ Programme shall contribute to the achievement of:
The following features of the Programme deserve special attention. Some of them are presented in more detail on the Commission website.
Erasmus+ supports EU transparency and recognition tools for skills and qualifications – in particular Europass, Youthpass, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQAVET), the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) – as well as EU-wide networks in the field of education and training supporting these tools, in particular the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), Euroguidance networks, the National Europass Centres and the EQF National Coordination Points.
A common purpose of these tools is to ensure that skills and qualifications can be more easily recognised and are better understood, within and across national borders, in all sub-systems of education and training as well as in the labour market, no matter whether these were acquired through formal education and training or through other learning experiences (e.g. work experience; volunteering, online learning). The tools also aim to ensure that education, training and youth policies further contribute to Europe 2020 objectives of competitiveness, employment and growth through more successful labour market integration and more mobility and to reach its education and employment headline targets.
In order to fulfil these objectives, the tools should be fit for purpose. They should be able to cater for new phenomena such as internationalisation of education and growing use of digital learning, and support the creation of flexible learning pathways in line with learners' needs and objectives. This means that the tools may need to evolve in the future. This evolution should lead to enhanced coherence and overall simplification of tools and support the creation of a true European area of skills and qualifications where learners and workers can move freely for job purposes or further learning.
More information available at: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/strategic-framework/skills- qualif ications_en.htm