Validation of learning

- a Leonardo da Vinci partnership 2008- 2010 




Validation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning
Validation of non-formally and informally acquired knowledge, skills and competences is a priority item of the EU education policy with still further growing significance: In the knowledge based society the most effective use of all competences of its members - irrespective of how, where or when acquired – becomes more and more essential for the individual, for economic competitiveness and for the society as a whole.
The fact that about 70% of vocational skills are acquired non-formally, i.e. outside of educational institutions, is a significant prove for the importance of non-formal/ informal learning for the needs of continuous adjustments of professional skills to permanent growing demands in the world of labour and for the preservation of individual employability.
At national levels and with different intensity during the last decade, EU members started to introduce methods and systems for documentation, evaluation and validation of results of non formal and informal learning. A number of EU members and their labour market actors have made a good progress and are ready to share their experience with others. The introduction of the European Qualification Frame with its national correspondences (NQF) gives a new impetus to this process.
Transparency and validation of knowledge and skills acquired outside formal education (e.g. at work, in family, at voluntary work) support, not at least, professional and social integration of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people.

The objective of the 2-years partnership is to organize an exchange of information, experience and good practice on this important item of lifelong learning. Learned validation experience will be analysed by the partners at the background of own needs, adapted to national conditions and used for own validation purposes with and for adult learners. For this aim, 7 seminars will be organised in all partner countries. Experts and learners will share their knowledge and experience together with politicians and other stakeholders and make them more sensible for skills validation needs. The topic is very complex and the partners will therefore pay special attention to target groups that are - for different reasons - at risk of exclusion from education, training and/ or employment (e.g. older "unskilled" workers, migrants, maternity returners). Findings will be made available to the European audience with the support of a project website and an outcome brochure.



Øivind H. Solheim,
13 Feb 2009, 04:34
Øivind H. Solheim,
28 Jan 2009, 14:18