Within the framework of previous European projects, partner countries have developed a common professionnal profile for an international trade assistant. Using this profile, shared qualification references have been developed. These shared references can be used by each partner country to construct training units that bring together units of learning outcomes in accordance with the legislation in force in each country.
These references are used for the recognition of units of leaning outcomes in each partner country and to provide coherent qualifications and consistent training courses. The main objective of this approach is to facilitate learner mobility. A learner may start his/her training in one of the member countries, then completing one or several training units in a different training centre abroad (member of the network) and validate all or part of one or several qualification units in the host country.

Construction methodology for shared references

Choices made in Europe in terms of mobility during training are guided by the desire to respect the subsidiarity principle that consists of preserving the sovereignty of each country in the European Union whilst developing their VET system. This is why the construction of shared references in terms of qualifications is based on 'learning outcomes' and not training modules. In vocational education and training, the European approach consists in ensuring qualification transparency. This work has resulted in common describers for qualifications: - Their description in terms of knowledge, skills and competences - Their positioning regarding to each other in the interpretive framework provided by the European Qualification Framework.

Professional profile: international trade assistant

This profile defines the scope of activity of the assistant, set at level 5 in the European Qualification Framework, specifies the target positions and provides details in the "description of the job profile in terms of activities and tasks" for any missions such an assistant may be assigned for. This document describes each activity, breaks them down into tasks, lists the resources used to perform them and their expected results.

Professional profile : Transport & logistics

In carrying out his/her occupation, the holder of the Euro Trans Log qualification contributes to national and international flows of goods. The holder of this qualification organises and manages transport operations and related logistical services on local, regional, national, Community and international markets. He/she optimises operations within the context of the globalisation of trade, taking into account the complementary modes of transport and sustainable development. In this context, he/she is responsible for both managing and leading teams

Units of learning outcomes

The units of learning outcomes are constructed according to the European model, highlighting knowledge, skills and competences. Each unit brings together a group of significant learning outcomes for a given professional profile. These units encourage module-based training. They are assigned credit points that may be transferred within the ECVET framework.

Training Units

The training units are unique to each member country. They are constructed in accordance with the specific regulations in force in each country in terms of producing training and qualification. Partner countries from the NETINVET network offer all or part of the training for the common profile concerned. They are all committed with the approach to develop and recognize learner mobility.
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This website and the NETINVET resources proposed were created as a result of work conducted within the framework of the COMINTER and RECOMFOR Leonardo da Vinci projects and are part of the Lifelong Learning Programme.
These projects have been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.