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5 The TRIFT-Certificate
49 5 The TRIFT-Certificate (Christian Schottmann, EU-Geschäftsstelle) As the matrix serves for mutual understanding, comparability and trans- parency in European mobility, it would be very useful to have a special certificate, which could be used by all participating students as part of their regular apprenticeship. This means: the parts of the VET-programme, completed in the internship, respectively the competence development steps which have been assessed as successfully completed are certified and do not have to be done a second time at the home college. In principle, this should be possible, as the methods of assessment, which TRIFT used (see above chap. 3) are comprehensive and valid. According to the ECVET-principles this would be the last and logical step in the set of ECVET-instruments (see above chap. 1.5 and also CEDEFOP 2011). The problem we are encounter here lies in the national VET-systems: the regulations for recognition are highly political questions and affect therefore much more than ‘only’ the achievement of competences. Each partner of TRIFT is part of one national VET-system and they differ widely. For example: In Germany usually only one (and final) examination in the VET-programmes exists to validate the apprenticeship whereas in the United Kingdom, due to their modular system, different certifications for the different parts or units of the vocational education will be delivered. In view of those different VET-cultures the TRIFT-partners decided to hand out a TRIFT-Certificate, which ‘only’ proves the students’ participation in the TRIFT project and which they can use as an...
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