+APL dissemination conference gathers experts on validation of competences

The +APL dissemination conference will be held in Granada on 22nd of October 2014.

Most of the non-formal and informal learning, defined as the learning not provided by an education or training institution that normally is not entailed to a certification, is not officially recognized on a professional level. This fact is especially harmful to sensitive groups such as women, migrants and unemployed workers, as it may impair their employability opportunities.

+APL project aims to transfer tools and innovative methodology on Recognition, Validation and Certification of Competences (RVCC) used with recognized success in Portugal, in order to increase the modernisation, quality and flexibility of European vocational education and training (VET) systems. The key innovative contribution of our project lies in its holistic approach; our leading challenge is to design a European ECVET Curricula for Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) professionals based on the European Qualifications Framework learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competences allocating ECVET points.

The project faces its final run after passing its key stages which will conclude with a seminar to publish the results. The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Granada (Calle Luis Amador, 26, 18014 Granada) and is open to interested parties. The event will bring together stakeholders from across Europe which should lead to a fruitful exchange of information.

Experts interested in the topics of recognition, validation and certification of competences, as well as ECVET, are invited to register for the conference. The participation is free of charge. Follow this link and you will be guided to the conference programme and the registration. 

An interesting conference programme will not only include the project results but also transfer new input from experts from different countries taking part in a European Roundtable. In case you are interested in taking part in the Roundtable, please contact your national partner institution or the project coordinator.

+APL is a two year researching Project (2012 - 2014) co-financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, corresponding to the European priority of Leonardo da Vinci: Support to initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and VET institution managers. In particular, we intend to develop an action aimed at improving the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning.

For more information, please visit the project website to follow the project progress in English, Portuguese, German, Bulgarian, Spanish, Italian or Polish language.

Text: Martina Bachmeier