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Validation of learning

If the correlation between education and employment and especially to quality employment as well as to poverty is well known, one’s qualification does not always correspond to one’s knowledge and skills. Mechanisms to validate non-formal and informal learning contribute to tackle unemployment and achieve a better match between jobs and skills by acknowledging those acquired outside the formal education system.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning also gives opportunities for second chances, improves access to education and enhances motivation to learn. It  contributes to social inclusion, personal development, empowerment and employability. This is why the Lifelong Learning Platform calls on decision-makers to adopt a comprehensive approach when developing their validation mechanisms.

The 2012 Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNIL) is a first step towards more satisfactory validation policy frameworks in the EU. It gave a political impulse for Member States to speed up the building of well-functioning validation systems in partnership with stakeholders. However, according to the CEDEFOP 2014 European Inventory on Validation, “most countries need to further develop their practical validation arrangements”.

The LLLP is a member of the EQF Advisory Group that monitors the implementation of the Validation Recommendation. It also runs a Validation Task Force with its members.

 

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  • Expert Network on Recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general secondary education

    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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • LLLP works to improve the validation of competences in the voluntary sector

    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 […]

  • Job Bridge Award – An EU-wide competition on validation of competences in volunteering

    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.

    The applications are now open for […]

  • A new Europass will soon see the light

    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 […]

  • LLLP at the European Vocational Skills Week: the importance of learning environments

    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, […]

  • Empowering validation through lifelong learning – The VPL Biennale

    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 […]

  • Peer learning on validation of transversal skills through volunteering

    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 […]

  • New! LLLP statement on the second package of measures for the European Education Area

    The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the European Commission’s Communication “Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies” and other proposals launched on 22 May as the second package of measures for creating a European Education Area. It is glad to see the commitment to ensure this Area covers learners of all age groups and sectors, including VET and adult learning, and to support Member States in improving the “lifelong-learning based nature” […]

  • Press release – LLLP Annual Conference in Vienna

    VIENNA – The Annual Conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform on “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education” took place at the very beginning of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.
    On 5-6 July over a hundred representatives from the education and culture sectors including political representatives, civil society organisations, academics and practitioners gathered in Vienna for the Lifelong Learning Platform’s Annual Conference “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education”. The purpose of the conference was to highlight […]

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