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EPALE

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

 
 

Validation of prior learning

On 5 October the first round of application was announced for studies in the large-scale adult learning project “Improvement of the vocational competence of employed persons”, implemented by the State Education Development Agency (SEDA). Within the project every employee or self-employed person older than 25 y.o.a.

Please fill in the survey on alternative assessment methods for validation in Europe to address the needs of learners with special focus on disadvantaged groups such as migrants, long-term unemployed, and those who have had an adverse experience with formal education including with school-based assessments.
The formulation of the Austrian LLL strategy and the European Council recommendations on validation from December 2012 represent two essential steps towards an Austrian validation strategy. A working group has been established, and the meanwhile concluded consultation process has defined content-related and structural corner markers.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning makes our labour markets more resilient and contributes to the integration of migrants and refugees by valuing the prior knowledge and experiences of people. It increases the access to lifelong learning and flexible learning pathways. Ultimately, but probably most importantly, it provides vulnerable people with a second opportunity.