+APL-project: Innovative tools for validation of non-formal and informal learning

Tue 27 May 2014 12:41:00 PM EEST

+aplA new project +APL aims at getting more recognition for the validation of non-formal and informal learning by using methodology and tools used with success in Portugal.

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.

With the purpose of overcoming the negative effects of the lack of recognition, the European Union established in 2004 a set of common European principles for validating non-formal and informal learning. This is the necessary frame to promote comparability and acceptance of the differences between member states, as well as the acceptance and transfer of the results to different environments.

More flexible VET systems

The project +APL “More Flexible VET Systems based on the Assessment of Prior Learning”, supported by the European Commission takes a step further in this field and aims to transfer an innovative methodology and tools on validation of non-formal and informal learning, used with recognized success in Portugal. It also aims to implement the methodologies with groups of vocational educational training professionals in Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Poland.

Through the validation of these tools, the list of qualifications and learning outcomes needed for professionals working in this field will be enriched in the framework of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). It will also promote modernisation, quality and flexibility of vocational, education and training systems in Europe by extending the results obtained at national level.

The Conference

In October 2014, the final dissemination conference will take place in Granada (Spain). If you are interested in taking part, please contact your national partner institution or the project coordinator.

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

Text: Erin Straka