9-10 March 2017: PLA on ‘Developing mobility support tools and services’

Larnaca, Cyprus
2017/03/09 to 2017/03/10

The PLA addressed the topic of ‘Developing support tools and services for learner mobility in VET’.

In 2016, and most visibly with the launch in December of the initiative ‘Investing in Europe’s Youth’, learner mobility has regained a central position on the European VET-policy agenda. The European Commission is taking action to increase the quality and attractiveness of longer term (6-12 months) placements in companies abroad, under the heading of "ErasmusPro", a specific activity within the Erasmus+ programme. This is the right moment to reflect on the experience gained within the ECVET and Europass initiatives and in particular on the opportunity for a coordinated framework, which will support thorough preparation, structured implementation and appropriate follow-up to assure both the quality and impact of the mobility experience. The ECVET Learning Agreement is already recognised as an effective tool for supporting the preparation and implementation of VET mobility, and Europass Mobility is already widely used to document the results of all such experiences.

The main objective of this PLA was to:

  • Reflect, based on real life experience, on the benefits and challenges of moving towards a coordinated service to VET mobility promoters and beneficiaries, which would support all phases of the VET mobility, ensuring the functions currently provided through the ECVET Learning Agreement and the Europass Mobility;
  • Discuss how such development could be addressed.

The PLA predominantly focussed on transnational mobility as an organised learning activity. However, the opportunity to also cater for looser forms of mobility or mobility without a transnational dimension was taken into account.

The presentations made during the PLA are available for download below.