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LLLP’s takeways from the Validation for Prior Learning Biennale in Iceland

On May 19-20th, LLLP attended one of the main international events around validation, the Validation for Prior Learning (VPL) Biennale. The event which had previously been postponed due to the pandemic took place in Iceland in hybrid format and gathered an impressive number of experts from around the world in person with over 200 attendees!


This edition was hosted by The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) and aimed at “Building a common ground” between validation experts from different fields of lifelong learning (VET, adult education, third sector, etc) and institutions (public authorities, validation centres, international organisations, education and training organisations etc.) A few LLLP members also took part, with Gina Ebner from the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) participating in a panel and the European University Continuing Education Network (eucen) presenting the Vince project on integrating migrants through validation at a workshop.

The Biennale’s main themes were:

  • Validation and working life
  • Validation and education/training
  • Validation and social sustainability
  • Validation and personal development

The lead coordinator of the TRANSVAL-EU project, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) also joined as participants while Maurice De Greef from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) was invited to present the project research work at a workshop on Theme 3: VPL and personal development. You can see find and download his presentation here.


LLLP’s main takeaways and highlights from the event are:

  • The concept of “undocumented learning” and “documented learning” which does not solely apply to migrants;
  • The usefulness of the PPMI study on microcredentials (PPMI co-authored a NESET analytical report “Towards a European approach to microcredentials: a study of practices and commonalities in offering microcredentials in European higher education”);
  • The social dimension of guidance, which should not only be just about the individual;
  • The presentation by the Nordic Adult learning network (NVL) on the quality compass, which is a very useful tool for assessing validation practices, policies, procedures as well as competences of validation practitioners;
  • And the EC-VPL research on trends in society regarding validation and challenges in the research (automation, privatisation, co-creation/governance and sharing common language).

You can find recordings of the following keynotes among others:

You can find all materials (PPTs and Keynote recordings) from the Biennale HERE

Keep in pact closing event: Multi-stakeholders partnerships in Lifelong Career Guidance: Tools and tips to enhance cooperation – 28 March 2022


The Lifelong Learning Platform is a partner in the project “Keep In Pact” coordinated by Cités des métiers International Network. After over two years of successful cooperation and implementation, the project partners organise its closing event on March 28th (14h00-17h00 – Central European Time) in hybrid mode (online and in Brussels for physical attendance).


For more than 2 years, the Keep in pact project partners have been working on high-quality and innovative tools and recommendations for multi-partnership managers in lifelong career guidance:

A competence framework, a training programme, a European map of career centres, a Guide for cooperation and more.

The aims of the event are :

  • to allow the stakeholders to discuss and share further insights on current and future issues, challenges and innovative practices regarding multi-partnership management in lifelong Career Guidance in Europe.
  • to share and inform a variety of stakeholders across Europe about the project results and the interest it can represent.

 For those attending in person, a networking time and visit of Cités des métiers Brussels is foreseen.

Participants joining online will get the chance to discover a training module on cooperation.



About Keep in Pact

Keep In Pact project has been launched in September 2019 from the observation that in recent years, regional, national and European policies have stressed out the crucial need to increase cooperation and synergy between stakeholders in the fields of education, training, employment and entrepreneurship, in order to deliver better services in lifelong guidance. Therefore, this project (funded by Erasmus+ Programme) aims to upskill the “multi-partnership management” function in lifelong career guidance centres and develop an innovative ecosystem approach of multi-partnership involving public and private organisations and professionals. For more information about Keep in Pact project, please visit the internet website of the project: 

European survey on innovative initiatives for the validation of transversal skills

LLLP is a partner in the EU-funded project TRANSVAL-EU, a European policy experimentation concerning innovative approaches for the validation of transversal skills obtained in non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) contexts, including guidance services.

“Transversal skills and competences (TSCs) are learned and proven abilities which are commonly seen as necessary or valuable for effective action in virtually any kind of work, learning or life activity.  They are “transversal” because they are not exclusively related to any particular context (job, occupation, academic discipline, civic or community engagement, occupational sector, group of occupational sectors, etc.).” (new ESCO definition)

The project partners will develop and test an offer of a validation toolkit, training curricula and programmes, as well as standardised competence profiles for validation and guidance practitioners with a specific focus on transversal skills. The aim is to test the systematic embedding of transversal skills in validation and guidance processes by these trained practitioners on the individual candidates.

In order to provide these insights related to potential innovative tools, methods and approaches for the validation of transversal skills and competences in validation and guidance practices in Europe the project consortium would like to map and analyse related initiatives on the validation and guidance process integrating transversal skills throughout Europe.

The survey is addressed to experts, practitioners, policy-makers, civil servants, workers in companies, project managers involved in the field of guidance and/or validation of skills (including recognition of prior learning) in all sectors of education (adult education, higher education, VET, non-formal education, civil society organisations, schools, etc) and work stakeholders (public employment services, companies, trade unions, etc).

You can fill the survey here

It only takes five to ten minutes to complete it.

Deadline to fill the survey: 30 September 2021.

Survey on multi-stakeholder cooperation and partnerships in career guidance

LLLP, together with its member the Cités des métiers International Network, is running a short survey to better understand the needs and practices regarding the management of multi-stakeholder cooperation and partnerships in the field of career guidance.

The survey is addressed to practitioners in the field of lifelong career guidance (including policy-makers and civil servants) who have experience in the cooperation and partnerships with multiple stakeholders.

The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Answer the survey here before the 30 of September 2021.

The answers will contribute to a mapping of practices in lifelong career guidance, the design of a training programme for multi-stakeholder partnership managers, as well as to guidelines on how to setup and maintain the cooperation.

Thanks in advance for your contribution.

The Lifelong Learning Platform is a partner in the Erasmus+ project “Keep In Pact” coordinated by its member the Cités des métiers International Network (RICDM). The “Keep Innovation in multi-partnership cooperation in lifelong guidance services” project is led by RICDM and gather 5 partner organisations: Universcience-Cité des métiers de Paris (FR), Learning digital (IT), Municipality of Porto-Cité des métiers (PT), the Agency for Science and Higher Education (Croatia) and the Lifelong Learning Platform (BE).

Outcomes of LLLP conference on Wider benefits of learning & Tampada project

On the 25th of March 2021, LLLP project team organised the final conference of the Tampada project on “Wider benefits of learning: Why and How to measure them” (agenda of the conference). LLLP was a partner in this EU-funded project which ran for 30-month. While the other partners hosted events at national level in Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom and Slovenia, LLLP opted for organising a European-wide conference in order to exchange practices and raise awareness on the importance of better measuring adult learners’ lifelong and lifewide progress.

Watch the conference recording video below

The conference was quite a success as it gathered over 140 participants from across the EU but also from as far as Japan, Australia and Pakistan! The conference was moderated by Susana Oliveira, LLLP Steering committee member. She welcomed the participants and invited them to share examples of wider benefits of learning using a virtual interactive tool (Mentimeter) – See the examples from participants. It seemed that most participants had already a very good awareness of what those examples can be, such as in social inclusion, citizenship.

Presentation of Tampada project outcomes

The introduction was followed by a presentation by Pauline, Project and Policy coordinator at LLLP, of the main Tampada project results (download her presentation). In her presentation, she outlined why there is a need for better monitoring and assessment of wider benefits of learning in adult education focusing on the European context. She raised the challenge that even though awareness on those benefits is increasing, initiatives to systematically measure them remain scare, fragmented, time-bounded and overall, insufficiently spread.

The main results from Tampada are the publication of an “Evidence collection toolkit and framework for tracking and monitoring the progress of disadvantaged learners”, which defines AE outcomes under 4 areas: Development of self and life skills, Health and wellbeing, Employability, employment and learning, and Social, community and citizenship. The Toolkit also includes a 6-steps methodology that adult learning providers can follow to measure learners’ lifelong and lifewide progress.

This Toolkit has been transformed in a user-friendly digital assessment tool that AEPs and educators can use to measure their learners’ progress. Stakeholders interested in using the tool can express their interest here in a Google Form.

Finally, Pauline shared some recommendations from the project addressed to adult education stakeholders and policy-makers for further development of initiatives like Tampada. A Policy report is upcoming and will soon be published on the project website.

Panel discussion with three speakers

The project presentation was followed by a panel discussion involving a researcher from the Free University of Brussels (VUB and Chair of adult education at Unesco), a representative of adult education in Belgium-Flanders, as well as a policy-maker from the European Commission (Adult learning unit at DG EMPL). Maurice De Greef presented impressive research studies and their results (download presentation) on measuring adult learning outcomes.

Karine Nicolay presented the project of the national coordinator in Flanders for the European Agenda of Adult Learning (Lang Leven Leren) and the Erasmus+ project GOAL (Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners) and she emphasised as well the importance of open recognition (download presentation). Finally, Martina Ni Cheallaigh shared some European policy achievements, for instance with the Upskilling pathways Recommendation. She also mentioned a few other important EU policies such as the 2020 publication of the European Skills Agenda as well as the upcoming promising revision of the EU agenda of adult learning this year by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU (2nd semester of 2021).

Cedefop-OECD Symposium on Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies

Cedefop are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the 2021 joint Cedefop-OECD symposium on Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies is now open.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 3 May.

Cedefop’s work also contributes to the ongoing EU debates on apprenticeship quality, three years after the adoption of the Council Recommendation on the European Framework for quality and effective apprenticeship. See our latest publications on the analysis of apprenticeship schemes against the Framework criteria, the need for comparable statistics on apprenticeship participation and the importance of having a clear identity and purpose for apprenticeship.

EU Conference – Wider Benefits of Learning: Why and How to Measure them? – 25 March 2021

The Lifelong Learning Platform is pleased to invite you to a 1h30 online conference to share solutions on how can adult education providers better monitor and measure the progress of disadvantaged learners.

Date: 25 March 2021 – 11:00-12:30pm CET (online)


This conference is the final event of the Tampada project, a European project coordinated by Derbyshire County Council (UK) which ran for 30 months between 2018 and 2021 and involved five partner organisations from five EU countries (UK, GR, SI, SE, BE). The scope of the conference is to bring together policy makers, representatives of the adult education sector and of civil society and researchers on wider benefits of education and on the use of data in education at EU level. The event will consist of a presentation of the Tampada project results, featuring a panel of experts and interaction with the audience.


As a result of a field research, the project partners published two key publications – a Toolkit and a Manual – that aim at supporting adult education providers in measuring learners’ lifelong and lifewide progress. The two publications include guidelines to support organisations with measuring the ‘wider benefits of learning’ – in terms of learners’ well-being (eg self-confidence, health), social outcomes (eg network, social inclusion) and well-being, among others.

Based on these findings, partners have created a multilingual digital tool that teachers and educators can fill in to measure learners’ progress and compare the results across classes, schools, and countries. This tool was piloted and tested from September 2020 to January 2021 in 4 countries (Greece, UK, Sweden, and Slovenia) and at the event, there will be a presentation on how the digital tool works.

Following the presentation of these results, EU level policy recommendations issued from the project findings will be the basis of a panel discussion gathering three panelists representing the EU institutions and other key stakeholders. The panelists will discuss what is happening at EU level, between the graduate tracking system initiative,  the digitalisation in the European Education Area and the challenge of data monitoring and collection.

The event will include time for interaction and discussion between speakers and the audience.

Contact us for more information: projects [at]

3rd Education Summit – Lifelong learning is needed for digital and green transitions

The third Education Summit took place on 10 December, on the topic of Digital Education Transformation. Throughout the series of high-level panel discussions with Ministers of Education, the topics of blended learning, gender equality, European Universities, a greener and more digital Erasmus, as well as Education and Training fit for the 21st century, were debated. 

Reflections around the current Covid-19 crisis and what it has meant for education and training concluded that although it has shown the need for advancing digital education, it remains a crisis period. What we have witnessed this year is not digital education per se, but crisis distance learning, which required a different level of effort from the education communities. However, the challenges that arose only unveiled systemic and unresolved issues, which need tackling before covid and definitely need tackling after (and during) the pandemic. While we should build on the lessons learnt from COVID-19, the impetus is to modernise education systems and ensure learners can develop the needed skills and competencies to be fully included in today’s society.

Support to teachers and educators emerged as a paramount necessity; in this sense, training opportunities remain a necessity rather than a plus. In fact, from the teachers and educators perspective, there’s a clear need to rethink initial and continuous training, personalised learning pathways, focusing on transversal skills. In this context, civil society organisations and social partners are part of the solution to build back better.

We were glad to hear that our opinion on the future of education and training was shared by panellists: flexible, adaptable, innovative and with a lifelong learning approach. Cooperation emerged as a key tool to achieve our common ambitions, including achieving a European Education Area by 2025.

“Seamless mobility of all is key for creating value for society as well as making lifelong learning a reality for all”, said Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

We stand behind these words to achieve the digital and green transformations that are required by the current crisis. But it is also important to remember that these transformations are required to ensure quality and inclusive education for all, with or without the COVID-19 crisis to further expose these needs.

For more information follow the recording here.

“Have your say” in the future of work and skills in agriculture

Partners of the FIELDS project (in which LLLP is a partner) launched a survey on the future skills and work in the agriculture sector. “HAVE YOUR SAY” by completing the survey and then to share the link with other stakeholders across industry, including Agricultural Advisors, Agri-Food Companies, Co-operatives, Education Providers (Higher Education & VET Providers), Farmers, Foresters, Forest Industries, Policy Makers and Students or any others this may be relevant to, across the broader value chain.

Your views will help us to further develop training curricula in the context of the ERASMUS+ Sector Skills Alliance project “FIELDS” which is hoped will eventually be used in training institutions in different European countries. You may, in the future, have some benefits from participating in this study as its aim is to ultimately help workers in the Agri-food and Forestry sectors to be better trained for current and future market and social demands.

Direct Link for the Survey can also here found here:

Deadline to answer the survey: 30/12/2020

How to Avoid a Learning Lockdown Online? – 10 & 11 DECEMBER

The Lifelong Learning Platform and Job Bridge project partners are happy to invite you to the project’s final event that will fit into 10th REVEAL conference  “How to Avoid a Learning Lockdown Online?” taking place on the 10th and 11th December 2020

LLLP was a partner in the Job Bridge project, which aims to fill the gap in the assessment and validation of competences acquired in volunteering by developing a user-centred approach for the validation of non-formal and informal learning and supporting both volunteers and facilitators of volunteers in that process. 

The project intended to bridge the informal, non-formal and formal learning sectors by integrating social, personal and organisational competences in a system, the Level 5 methodology, which can be equally used and useful for the employability and personal development of individuals as well as improving the service provision of volunteer-based organisations. 

During the event the winners of the Job Bridge Awards will be announced. 3 winners will be presenting their innovative and creative initiatives in validation in the volunteering sector.


The REVEAL conference will address the challenges and opportunities for activities in all sectors brought about by accelerated digitalisation. The conference will bring together professionals from formal and informal education, businesses, chambers, NGOs, National Agencies, volunteers and students from all over Europe to focus on new approaches to embed creative, innovative and digitally supported learning approaches in various educational contexts.

The 10th REVEAL conference is organised as a 2-day online event and will consist of keynotes, interactive collaboration formats and appropriate opportunities for informal meetings, exchange and social moments. The conference comes with a virtual exhibition, meeting and networking spaces for students, volunteers and enterprises and development workshops for ERASMUS projects in the new funding period.