The present paper analyses the relevance of existing European tools for qualifications and competences, with particular reference to the EntreComp. This covers the development and availability of European tools for education and training.
Existing European tools for the transparency of qualifications and competences The European Commission has responded to those educational needs, creating common European tools, principles and guidelines which have been developed to make qualifications more transparent, comparable and transferable, as well as to improve flexibility and quality of learning.
The common EU tools and principles that aim to implement a greater degree of consistency in employment, education and training policy across Europe include:
• European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET)
• Validation of non-formal and formal learning
• The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
These tools and principles have been defined in order to support the educational progress of people at any age, including those changing careers or moving abroad for work or for further education. The European Commission was supported in this process by CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, the EU’s decentralised agency that supports development of European VET policies and contributes to their implementation. CEDEFOP also supports the work on the Skills Agenda initiated by the European Commission since 2016.