RELATE | Promoting the Recognizability of Learning outcomes from vocational education to higher Education



This Innovation transfer project is focused on increase of vertical permeability between vocational education and training and higher education study programs within the field of health and social care by supporting the recognition of VET learning outcomes for HE study programs.

The main aim of the transfer is to summarize results of former projects referring to recognition of learning outcomes and to determine specific ways of promoting permeability into higher education programs within three European states in consideration of national framework conditions.

Project Content

The benefit of increasing permeability between vocational and higher education will be the enhancement of equality of educational opportunity as well as of the attractiveness of vocational trainings in the field of health and social care. The importance of this sector will grow furthermore due to the demographic chance in Europe. At the same time, there is already an existing lack of qualified workers in this sector and it will increase in many western European countries in the next years. The Statistisches Bundesamt, for example, states that there will be missing 193.000 health and social workers in 2025 according to their model calculations.

The project will transfer methods, procedures, instruments and guidelines for the recognition of prior learning in vocational education and training for admission to higher education.
In particular it will transfer good practices and tested models for:

    • organizing the institutional frameworks for RPL in both VET and HE institutions,
    • recognizing prior learning on a learning-outcome-oriented basis (ECVET),
    • student and applicant counseling and
    • Cooperation between VET and HE institutions in curricula development and recognition
       procedures. All involved project partners have already worked in at least one of the
       abovementioned fields and are able to share their valuable experiences within the
       project partnership.

The main aims of the project are:
    • Defining the framework by analyzing the legislative groundwork and the state of
       implementation of recognition processes for learning outcomes from VET towards
       HE in the participating countries
    • Summarizing key issues of recognition processes, implemented and tested methodologies
       and instruments that are transferable
    • Adapting, developing and transferring methodologies and instruments to the national contexts
       and implementing these at the participating institutions
    • Assuring and promoting the cooperation between VET and HE institutions by concluding
       agreements on standardized recognition processes and by providing agreement templates
    • Enabling VET and HE stakeholders to implement recognition processes
    • Disseminating the project results and assuring their sustainability and exportation within

Work Routine

According to the aims, the following work packages have been agreed and will be realized:
      1 Project Management
      2 Quality Assurance
      3 Sharing the results of former projects and summarizing key issues
      4 Transfer and adaptation of results to German context
      5 Transfer and adaptation of results to Estonian context
      6 Transfer and adaptation of results to Romanian context
      7 Testing
      8 Formulating recommendations and writing guidelines
      9 Cooperation, Assurance of Sustainability and Dissemination

The work packages “Project Management” and “Quality Assurance“ are to be implemented during the whole lifespan of the project. Together, they build and guarantee the organizational framework which assures the successful implementation of the project.

It will be one of the central responsibilities of the project management to assure well-functioning, regular communication between the project partners. Different communication instruments, such as telephone, e-mail and Skype conferences, will be used to assure the regular exchange of information and the mutual update on the status of project implementation.

The approach and strategy of the project are reflected in the work plan:
In the beginning, the project partners will focus on sharing the results of former projects. By discussing experiences and presenting the available documents, the partners will learn from one another and develop a reliable basis of common knowledge for the transfer to the local and institutional contexts.

Work Packages 4, 5 and 6 provide the necessary timeframe for the transfer and adaptation of the shared results to the local and institutional contexts. In each of the participating countries, national working groups will be formed, which each represent the two national project partners. If applicable, further stakeholders will be involved in the processes of adaptation and transfer, in order to assure a high acceptance of the project results. Furthermore, the partners will use these work packages to pilot the implementation of the adapted methodologies at their institutions.

In work package 7 the partners will test the newly developed methodologies and, if appropriate, will be able to improve them. The work package leader will provide a detailed plan for the testing period, depending on the results of the work packages 4, 5 and 6, and will formulate criteria and indicators for the evaluation of the tested methodologies. He will work in close cooperation with the external evaluator.

The results of the testing period and the lessons learned from all preceding work packages will be the basis for the development and formulation for a set of guidelines and recommendations (Work Package 8). These documents will address different target groups and will aim at supporting them in implementing processes of RPL or relevant aspects of it, or – regarding the target group of learners and potential RPL applicants – will provide guidelines on how to apply for RPL and to thus benefit from it.

Throughout the project period, continuous dissemination activities, such as a project website, presentations, stakeholder contacts and discussions and press releases, will take place and thus draw the attention of stakeholders to the project’s topic and objectives (Work Package 9). The project partners will provide counseling on RPL for VET and HE institutions. Furthermore, this work package will assure continuous cooperation between the participating institutions by the conclusion of cooperation agreements. Models of these agreements will be published, so that other institutions from all over Europe can make use of them.

During the whole project period, the partners will be supported by an external evaluator who will support quality assurance processes and who will evaluate both the working process and the project results.


Kick-off meeting in Dresden
9th to 12th December 2013

The kick-off meeting was the starting point for the two-year partnership in the RELATE project. Besides intensive work on the work package 3, the main focus was for the participants to get to know each other. So, the evenings of the meeting days also were spent together, for example a trip with the Dresden Suspension Railway to Oberloschwitz to enjoy the view over the illuminated Dresden. The next meeting will take part from 5th to 8th May 2014 at the University of Piteşti in Romania. We are looking forward to the cooperation with our project partners.

3. Meeting in Kuopio / Finnland 3rd to 4th February 2015
4. Meeting in Kuressaare / Estonia 22nd to 24th April 2015
5. Meeting in Kuopio / Finnland 2nd to 3rd June 2015

6. Final conference in Dresden

6th to 7th October 2015


more informations:

01 Flyer_Relate_german [PDF, 1,76 MB]
02 Flyer_Relate_english [PDF, 1,18 MB]
03 Flyer_Relate_romanian [PDF, 1,86 MB]


Partner des Projektes RELATE:

Fachhochschule Dresden - private Fachhochschule gGmbH

Tallinn University Haapsaalu College

Kuressaare Regional Training Center

Savonia University of applied Science (SUAS)

Savo Vocational training school (SAKKY)


Akademie für berufliche Bildung gGmbH
Blochmannstraße 2
01069 Dresden

Claudio Orlacchio
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This project is financed by the European Commission under the programme Leondardo da Vinci. AFBB is responsible for the contents of this publication. The European Commission is not liable for the usage of the contained information.

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