13 June 2024

Review of the Cedefop workshop on learning outcomes in IVET

On 24 May, Cedefop hosted an online workshop on the practical implementation of learning outcomes in school and company-based training programmes.

In the last decade, learning outcomes ori­en­ta­ti­on has found its way into most European education and training systems. The under­ly­ing political objec­ti­ves include

  • A better match between education and training and the needs of the labour market (incre­a­sing ‘employa­bi­li­ty’)
  • Better access to more flexible learning and mobility opportunities
  • Increasing the trans­pa­ren­cy of qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons and faci­li­ta­ting their inter­na­tio­nal recognition

However, the inter­pre­ta­ti­on of the concept of learning outcomes and its appli­ca­ti­on vary greatly between countries and a constant exchange between prac­ti­tio­ners and experts is essential. The Cedefop workshop entitled ‘The Shift to Learning Outcomes; Rhetoric or Reality?’ provided a forum for such an exchange. Over 200 people from more than 50 countries took part.

In addition to the exchange of expe­ri­en­ces, interim results of the ongoing study on ‘Shift to Learning Outcomes’ were presented. Mariya Dzhengozova from the 3s team presented a Bulgarian case study on ‘The influence of learning outcomes-based curricula in company-based training (as part of app­ren­ti­ce­ship pro­gram­mes)’. The case study provided insights about the awareness of company manage­ment, in company-trainers as well as learners of learning outcomes; how learning outcomes are used to structure work-based learning and how they influence learners‘ pro­gres­si­on. Karin-Luomi-Messerer gave a pre­sen­ta­ti­on on ‘The influence of learning outcomes on assess­ment’. The results to date indicate strong agreement that the use of learning outcomes faci­li­ta­tes the moni­to­ring of learning progress and the assess­ment of student per­for­mance; however, there are large dif­fe­ren­ces between the countries analysed with regard to the use of assess­ment criteria. Monika Auzinger had the role of rap­por­teur in a breakout session.

All event materials can be found on the Cedefop website.

image by Cedefop


Contact: Karin Luomi-Messerer

Client: Cedefop

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