Skills CFA International

We're an outward-looking organisation

Skills CFA is plugged in to what's happening across the rest of Europe. The European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme, which aims to contribute to the development of the European Community as an advanced 'knowledge society', is something we're very much a part of. With sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, the Lifelong Learning Programme aims to foster interaction, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the European Community.

The Leonardo programme is one of four Lifelong Learning Programmes which support the development of skills and training. It funds work placements for trainees, workers and staff, and supports European projects to discuss common issues or develop training materials, courses and frameworks.

We have been an active member in the European market for Vocational Education and Training since 2005. Since then, we have maintained strong links with key European partnerships including professional organisations such as EUMA (European Management Assistants), employers, ministries of education and training organisations throughout Europe with representation at our board level. As the leading guardian for business skills across the UK, our goal is to equip the UK workforce with the skills to access the European market and to enable mobility across Europe.

EU Commission Projects

European Skills/Competence, Qualifications and Occupations

Reference: European Commission Brussels
Duration: 05/12/2011 - 31/11/2014
We are representing the UK as the standard setting organisation with cross sector footprint at a project managed by the EU Commission. The panel of experts is represented by members of the EU27 countries. The ESCO project (European Skills Competences, qualifications and Occupations) is a multilingual classification system, based on the classification of occupations and skills and competences currently used on EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal. To date, ESCO is the only European multilingual classification system linking skills and competences and qualifications to occupations. Phase 1 of the project was published in December 2012.

Leonardo Projects

Please note: Projects that are currently awaiting approval are not listed.

European Reference Framework for Languages

To assess the competence level of languages.

European Qualification Framework (EQF)

The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

ECVET Trust (European Credit Transfer for Vocational Education and Training)

Reference: LdVP/09/026P
Duration: 30/08/2009 - 31/07/2011
ECVET Trust is working to find a solution towards a common European Credit Transfer system to accredit skills, knowledge and competences in vocational education and training across all sectors. This includes formally accredited qualifications as well as recognition of prior learning and informal learning across our European partner countries.

European Graduate Placement Scheme (Erasmus)

This project aims to improve the employability and quality of translation students, establish partnerships between employers and universities across Europe and develop a consistent system of accreditation on the European scale. The aim is to develop a structure and a model which is applicable to all EU countries and which will enable skills gaps in translation to be addressed in all EU countries, not just the UK. By using graduate placements in the workplace, it will enhance the links between employers and education, and will support the needs of employers whilst enhancing the employability skills of the students involved.


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