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 […]
The European Union has put forward some serious ambitions in the field of education and training, particularly with regard to upskilling and reskilling the European adult population for the Twin Transitions, aiming to achieve a target of 60% of adults in education or training by 2030 (European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan). Two major tools are being proposed to achieve this endeavour: individual learning accounts, and micro-credentials. Following a two year process of consultations with experts, stakeholders and Member […]
Another step toward a European Education Area: A new informative website on pupils’ mobility
Learning mobility is one of the key policy priorities promoted by the EU. It is a fundamental pre-requisite for the development of competences crucial for active participation in society and in the labour market. For this reason, Ministries of Education of EU countries have committed to ensure that by 2025 all pupils in Europe will also be able to spend a study period abroad.
However, this is not […]
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, […]
Why improving validation in the voluntary sector?
Validation or the “validation of non-formal and informal learning” (VNFIL) is defined at EU level as the process of the identification, documentation, assessment and certification of competences. This definition has been widely shared and adopted since its mention in a Council Recommendation from 2012, which is the key policy document at EU level that recommended Member States to develop VNFIL provisions. During this last decade, EU institutions, national governments […]
Validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL), the process that consist in the identification, documentation, assessment and certification of competences, is high on the agenda of the Lifelong Learning Platform. For that reason, LLLP partnered with 7 other organisations in the European Project “Job Bridge for volunteers” (2018-2020) to develop the capacity of volunteer-based organisations to assess the competences of their volunteers as well as their learning needs and progress.
Following the adoption of the new Europass Decision by the Council and Parliament in May 2018, the European Commission has been working on the revision of the new Europass and is looking to launch it in early 2020. A new Advisory Group has been established with the Member States and stakeholders representatives have been called upon. The Lifelong Learning Platform is happy to announce that, as part of the Advisory Board, it will be represented as well amid […]
The fourth European Vocational Skills Week took place in Helsinki on 14-18 October 2019. An initiative of the European Commission, the European Vocational Skills Week seeks to highlight excellence in vocational education and training (VET), showing that VET is a valuable professional and learning path. This fourth edition was hosted by the Finish Presidency. The Lifelong Learning Platform and its members (EVTA, EfVET, EURASHE, EDEN, EUCEN, EPA, All Digital, EAEA, RICDM) participated actively in the various discussions tables. Luis Costa, […]
The 3rd Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) Biennale took place in Berlin on 6-7 May and focused on taking stock of what has been achieved so far in terms of policy development and implementation. Most of all, it addressed the key issue of how to move forward. The Lifelong Learning Platform was partners in the organisation of this milestone event.
Globalization, new technologies and migration are changing the way we work and learn. Our systems need to reflect the […]
The Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Volunteer Centre with the support of Cedefop organised a peer learning activity in Brussels, on 22-23 January. The PLA looked at the way validation approaches identify and document soft and/or transversal skills and competences. Using learning outcomes of – mainly but not solely – volunteering activities, participants discussed how to strengthen the conceptual basis of validation and how to further cooperate.
Around 50 participants from NGOs, European institutions, national governments and research […]