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Almost half of upper Secondary Pupils in the EU enrolled in VET

Out of the 22 million pupils in the European Union studying at upper secondary level in 2014, almost 11 million (or 48%) were enrolled in vocational education. In twelve EU Member States, more than half of all upper secondary pupils studied vocational programmes. Vocational education at upper secondary level was somewhat dominated by men, who accounted for 56% of pupils, compared with 44% women. This pattern can be observed in almost all Member States. Ensuring that young people develop […]

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Skills Matter: Survey of Adult Skills

This Second Edition of the Survey of Adult Skills, Reader’s Companion,  a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. It describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

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Getting Skills Right

Getting Skills Right: Assessing and Anticipating Changing Skill Needs. Shifts du to digitalisation, globalisation, demographic, as well as other changes in work organisation are constantly reshaping skill needs. This OECD report identifies effective strategies for improving labour market information on skill needs and ensuring that this information is used effectively to develop the right skills.

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EU-CoE youth partnership: recognition of non-formal learning

In 2010, relevant stakeholders in the youth field expressed the need for a better coordination and observation of activities at European level in the field of recognition of youth work and of non-formal learning. The EU-CoE youth partnership was invited to play such a coordination role and therefore established as of 2011 an Expert Group on Recognition which meets bi-annually. In 2015 the Lifelong Learning Platform was invited to share its views with the expert group and applied to become […]

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Guidance and counselling to take validation to the next level, 2015

European Parliament – 2 December (13.00-15.00)
The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomed the 2012 Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNIL) as it gave a political impulse for Member States to speed up the building of validation systems. Significant progress has been made in the last few years, especially with regard to the development of the legal frameworks and strategies. However more efforts should be made in order to increase the potential benefits of validation for a wider […]

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Validation of learning outcomes

We are what we do, and yet, only part of what we do is recognised by others, namely employers and formal education institutions. But how many young people and adults engage in non-formal and informal learning processes? How many volunteer? How much do these activities add not only to their competences and skills, but also to their personalities? And in spite of the huge benefits such activities produce, quid of their recognition and validation? These were the questions asked during […]

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VNFIL: All aboard! How to reach the targeted public?

Thu 11 December, 09:30-12:45 // European Parliament, Room JAN 6Q1, Brussels
Some 80 million EU employees, the unemployed and particularly the young unemployed will purportedly need to update their skills and qualifications in order to improve their employment prospects and find gainful employment. Creating a sense of self-worth and self-confidence of all EU citizens and enhancing their position and acceptance in society is​ ​just as​ ​important. The validation of non-formal and informal learning is an important​ ​tool in tackling​ ​these challenges.
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UNESCO Guidelines for Recognition

Alongside established systems for recognising formal learning, some Member States have developed mechanisms to recognise and validate non-formal and informal learning, and many more are in the process of doing so. The UNESCO Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning were developed and published by UIL in 2012 following a consultation process involving Member States. This report synthesizes and analyses the responses received from 42 Member States during that consultation […]

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Why Recognition Matters? UNESCO Global Perspective

This UIL publication investigates factors that are critical for implementing the recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of non-formal and informal learning. It examines RVA’s strategic policy objectives and best practice features as well as the challenges faced and ways forward as reported by Member States. Most importantly, perhaps, this book assesses RVA’s role in promoting equality and inclusiveness both in education and across society more generally.

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European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

The LLLPlatform welcomes the European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning, aimed at individuals and institutions responsible for the initiation, development, implementation and operation of validation arrangements, a key topic of the Platforms daily work, such asrecently published study co-edited with the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The ambition of these guidelines is to clarify the conditions for implementation, highlighting the critical choices to be made by stakeholders at different stages of the process. This second edition of the European guidelines is […]

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