Diploma, portfolio and ECVET
The European Business Baccalaureate Diploma – EBBD allows students and adult learners to acquire label of excellence in the field of vocational business education. The required competences of this diploma form a standard harmonised throughout Europe. The EBBD portfolio (curriculum) defines a graduate’s profile, which can be reached in the various national education systems and in different ways. EBBD standards focus on learning outcomes. These are written as competent abilities from the three perspectives of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF): Knowledge, Skills and Competence mainly on the EQF levels 4 and 5.
The EBBD should develop to a standard supporting the mobility of graduates and increasing their labour market opportunities. At the same time the economy-related education is upgraded and thus the motivation to learn economy-related skills in particular is encouraged. The European Business Baccalaureate Diploma – EBBD represents an added value for the graduates, the participating educational organizations and for the economy. In addition, it contributes to the development of the European area of education. An association EBBD e.V. has been established for the cooperation of business educators and for the accreditation of EBBD programs.
Through the integration of the association EBBD e.V. sustainability is ensured after the project s have been completed.
The process of applying ECVET is still ongoing. Both in the first project and in the presently running project we have suggested models for applying the ECVET credit points. Finland has applied the ECVET credit points to the national curriculum and we will compare those to the requirements of EBBD diploma.
Two EU projects
In the first multi-lateral Comenius-Project 2010-2013 „Netzwerk zur Entwicklung und Verbreitung eines europäischen Wirtschaftsabiturs (European Business Baccalaureate Diploma) – EuroBacDiploma“ theEBBD-portfolio was developed by 11 partners. The project also defined and tested a procedure for accreditation and certification.
In the second Erasmus+ project 2014-2017 European Business Baccalaureate Diploma for All (EBBD+) the adult education, where informal and non-formal learning is validated, has been added to the target group of the diploma and the portfolio has been amended. The accreditation process will be simplified and made web-based. Important objective in the project is the dissemination of the understanding of the competence based learning and the dissemination of the EBBD diploma. Through dissemination and the large network of the partnership the diploma will be more recognized by European schools, the students, working life and higher education institutes.