National Qualification Frameworks

National Qualification Frameworks were a growing part of the international agenda on skills and labour market reform.

They were typically intended to be used as policy tools to convey messages about the comparability of qualifications and pathways through qualification systems. In this project we investigated the use being made of such frameworks by a range of different actors, including policy makers, educational managers and teachers in two sectors – IT and health care. Methods included structured telephone interviews with key actors and analysis of aggregate data sets to summarise key trends in the patterns of uptake of different qualifications.

Funded by the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) in Bonn, and led by Geoff Hayward, this project forms the English part of this international comparative study.