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Vocational Qualifications and Social Dialogue (2000-2003)


The objectives of this project were to compare the approaches in three Member States (Spain, France and the UK) and in the Czech Republic in the design, validation and certification of vocational qualifications and to assess the influence and the role of the social partners and the use of qualifications in collective bargaining agreements.


The project carried out the following activities: producing reports on the different routes to certification of vocational qualifications in the four partner countries, including an analysis of the role of social partners; a survey and analysis of the approaches in two significant and innovatory sectors. The outcomes and reports/documents included national reports on the role of social partners in the design, validation and certification of vocational qualifications; Survey Reports for each sector and country; and a Good Practice Guide on the design and use of qualifications in collective agreements.


The Project coordinator was the Fundación para la Formación Continua (FORCEM -ES). Partners were the University of Complutense de Madrid (Spain); the Spanish Confederation of Young Business Managers (Spain); the Construction Foundation Principe de Asturias (Spain); the European Institute of Education and Social Policy (France); the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (United Kingdom); and the Institute for Research on Technical and Vocational Education - VUOS (Czech Republic).


The programme was funded by the European Union.

EIESP  European Institute of Education and Social Policy

IEEPS Institut Européen d’Éducation et de Politique Sociale

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