Quality-oriented Accreditation of Vocational Learning Outcomes in Health Care and Nursing


LEONARDO DA VINCI – Transfer of Innovation


24 months (Oct. 2011-Sept. 2013)

The project

Putting the description and transnational recognition of vocational learning outcomes into practice is a significant need especially in the sector of health care and nursing. Due to the demographic change there will be an increasing demand for qualified workers in occupational fields like geriatric care and health care, and labour market research suggests that a shortage of skilled workers is to be expected. Accordingly efforts are required that support and facilitate the transition into these occupations, including the utilisation of vocational learning outcomes acquired in different VET programmes and systems, without compromising the quality of learning and the level of professional competence.

The overall objective of the project is the transnational transfer, implementation and testing of a procedure for the description and comparative level assessment of units of learning outcomes in health care and nursing. The procedure in question, the Module Level Indicator (MLI), is designed in a way that makes it possible to apply the tool in different VET systems and to achieve comparable results. The implementation will cover five European countries representing different VET traditions, namely Estonia, Finland, France, Germany and Ireland.

The transfer and implementation activities will be carried out by a consortium that is composed of research institutions in each of the partner countries as well as training institutions that take part as associated partners or on a subcontracting basis. All core partners are experienced in the implementation of multilateral projects at the European level and have expertise in the area of vocational education and training research, including the specific issue of accreditation of (vocational) learning outcomes. The partners also have good contacts to other stakeholders in the sector (including public authorities responsible for the recognition of qualifications) that can support the dissemination of results.


Universität Bremen, Institut Technik und Bildung


  • Institut für Berufs- und Sozialpädagogik e.V., Bremen
  • University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Tallinn University, Institute of Educational Sciences, Estonia
  • Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, Finland

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