International conference „Qualifications framework for supporting lifelong learning“

Monday 22nd of October 2012, 10.00-17.00

Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, Paldiski mnt. 4, Tallinn


Estonian Qualifications Authority together with Estonian Ministry of Education and Research would like to invite you to an international conference „Qualifications framework for supporting lifelong learning“.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the problems and bottlenecks related to the referencing process. The program of the event will focus mainly on the question of the comparability of occupational qualifications and formal education qualifications. Issues that will be discussed include:

Conference is aimed at employers, professional and trades- unions, schools and governmental organizations and other peer groups related to the EstQF.

Conference program

9.30 - 10.00 Arrival and registration of participants
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome words from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Deputy Secretary General for General and Vocational Education, Kalle Küttis
10.15 -10.45 ”Does the Estonian qualifications framework support lifelong learning and how?”, Olav Aarna, Estonian Qualifications Auhority
10.45 - 11.15 ”Employers expectations for the qualifications framework”, Tarmo Kriis, Estonian Employers’ Confederation
11.15 - 11.45 “Qualifications frameworks as a tool for the recognition of formal education qualifications”, Gunnar Vaht, Estonian ENIC/NARIC centre
11.45 - 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 - 12.30 ”Findings from the EURASHE survey ‘L5 – Missing Link in the Bologna countries”, Magda Kirch, Educonsult, Belgium
12.30 - 13.00 ”How and how much can a national framework be relevant to the career world?”, Brigitte Bouquet, French Agency for certification CNCP, France
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.30 “Scottish experience with the implementation of the qualifications framework”, John Lewis, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership, United Kingdom
14.30 - 15.00 „Lithuanian Qualifications Framework and its Implementation Challenges“,Valdas Dienys, Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre, Lithuania
15.00 - 16.30 Panel discussion „What kind of qualifications does Estonia need on the 5th and 8th level of the qualifications framework?”
16.30 - 17.00 Conference conclusions
17.00 - 18.00 Closing reception
Conference program is moderated by Tauri Tallermaa


Additional information:

The conference is for the participants free of charge;

There will be Estonian and English synchronous translation;

Accommodation: for conference participants, a single room is 77€ per night in the same hotel Meriton Grand Conference & Spa where the event is held. When booking use keyword ‘Kutsekoda’ for discount price.

Registration ends on the 17th of October.

Contact: Maarja All, tel: +372 679 1753, e-mail:


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