Over the last decade, the accreditation of qualifications has become a central issue both
from the European work market point of view, and that of the interest of national contexts. The underlying reasons are diverse; for example, the increasing needs for the workforce to become more mobile and consequently the need to impact on national educational systems, in particular the systems of vocational education and training.
The implementation of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) entails significant specificities in accordance with each national context that are mainly related to how the educational systems are organized and articulated with the working life sector. This paper analyses the specific case of a national context, Spain, and in particular the implementation at the level of an Autonomous Region. More specific acknowledgment and accreditation of competences acquired in formal and non-formal settings was carried out in four main professional sectors. This paper, however, presents outcomes from the process in two sectors, namely (a) tourism and hotel services and (b) electric and electronic maintenance. The process was carried out over approximately two years as cooperation between Qualifications Institute of the Canary Islands, the Education Board of the Islands (both governmental bodies) and researchers from the University of Las Palmas. The outcomes show that a good articulation between the National Qualification Framework (NQF), national governmental regulations and carefully designed procedures of recognition and accreditation of skills can potentially produce successful results. Likewise, outcomes show what we can consider a win-win situation in which the organizations involved sharpened and gained in efficiency from the cooperation; the methodology used is validated, the professionals involved in the validation process receive training and the workers, ultimately, obtain official recognition of their qualifications.
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Vocational Education and Training – Emerging Issues? Voices from Research. May 13-14.2013