ECVET Case Study

Mrs. Most is head of a medium-sized joinery and therefore also responsible for personnel management. She plans to expand her range of services and is therefore looking for new employees. It is important to her that the new person is able to work autonomously and independently on his/her own projects without the need for her or her existing employees to constantly exercise a controlling function.

Mrs. Most receives several applications in response to her job advertisement, many of them even from abroad.
She thinks that's great - a fresh breeze the company might be exactly what is missing. But Mrs. Most is not sure if the trainings are comparable with each other... She thinks she remembers that the carpentry VET offers differ in extent and duration depending on where they were completed. She now has three applications in front of her, including the certificates of the training and further training that the applicants have completed.

Mrs. Most decides to ask one of her apprentices - young people often have interesting approaches and possibly they have even learned in vocational school how to compare such competences. Her apprentice Hanna can actually help her and she shows her that on all certificates of vocational training the EQF level is indicated and also a number of ECVET credits. In a nutshell, the EQF level indicates how autonomously a person can work in his or her profession and the number of ECVET points gives an insight into how many hours the training or further training has lasted.

Mrs. Most examines the three applications again and recognizes that although the training was not originally quite equivalent, one of the persons has completed further trainings which clearly qualifies them for the job. Mrs. Most is satisfied and immediately plans a job interview.