Briefingnotefebruary2016Abstract

Qualifications frameworks across Europe are coming of age: following a period of initial development and formal adoption they are now becoming increasingly operational. Promoting the principle of learning outcomes, qualifications frameworks are, in some countries, evolving from a tool to describe qualifications systems into a means to reform and modernise them.

With the exception of the Irish, French and UK frameworks, European NQFs are still young, having been developed over the past decade, spurred by the EQF recommendation of 2008. The future impact of these young frameworks depends on their ability to make a difference to end-users, be these learners, parents, education and training providers, employers or others.

Developments during 2015 give us some initial indications on the possible future role frameworks may play.

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