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 learnings. 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.
The project + APL “More Flexible VET Systems based on the Assessment of Prior Learning”, supported by the European Commission (2012-1-PL1-LEO05-27424) 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 vocactional, education and training systems in Europe by extending the results obtained at national level.
The conference will be held within the framework of +APL on the 22nd October at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation in Granada, Spain (Calle Luis Amador, 26, 18014 Granada). The event is open to any interested parties and will bring together stakeholders from across Europe which will lead to a fruitful exchange of information. 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 www.plusapl.net to follow the project progress in English, Portuguese, German, Bulgarian, Spanish, Italian or Polish language.