The benefit of the SeQF is that it makes it easier to understand and compare Swedish qualifications from different sectors, such as formal education and non-formal education and training, and qualifications across borders.
By making qualifications and competence requirements visible, the SeQF also contributes to more effective validation arrangements, matching in the labour market and better career guidance services. The purpose is to support lifelong learning, employability, skills supply, and mobility.
An important principle in the SeQF is that all competence requirements for a qualification are described as learning outcomes, i.e., what a person needs to know, understand and be able to do to obtain the qualification.
EQF – the European Qualifications Framework
The SeQF is based on and referenced to the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF). The EQF is developed by the EU as a translation tool between different national qualifications frameworks. It helps improve transparency, comparability and consequently the portability of people’s qualifications. As with the SeQF, the purpose is to support cross-border mobility of learners and workers, to promote lifelong learning, skills supply and the social integration of workers and learners in Europe.
The SeQF was referenced to the EQF in 2016. Through the EQF, a Swedish qualification can be compared to a qualification in another country that also has a framework referenced to the EQF.