About this consultation
The consultation targets both a specialist audience and the general public, in particular individuals who have benefitted for validation opportunities. Some questions are for everybody, some only for the professional respondents and some only for beneficiaries of validation.
We expect specialist respondents to include national authorities responsible for education, training, qualifications, employment, youth, guidance, practitioners involved in validation, including validation centres, learning providers and guidance counsellors, organisations that represent learners, workers, employers, youth, and research organisations. This audience is also invited to submit position papers.
Individual respondents that reply to have had the opportunity to validate their skills are asked about their experience – how they came to it, which support was available, what impact it had on their career or life.
Why we are consulting
This consultation is part of the evaluation of the 2012 Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning, which expressly asks for “consultation with Member States and stakeholders”.
People develop skills outside education (e.g. through work experience, volunteering or sport). If such skills are not validated – documented, assessed and certified by an authority – they risk to be wasted. The Recommendation calls on Member States to make more and better validation opportunities available to people.
Consulting stakeholders will provide us with information and views on how Member States are putting the Recommendation in practice and whether this is giving people more and better opportunities to validate their skills. This will help the Commission and national authorities to identify ways to improve the Recommendation and its implementation.
Responding to the questionnaire
You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.
Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.
For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.
Personal data and privacy statement
The European Union is committed to user privacy. When carrying out public consultations we adhere to the policy on 'protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions', based on Regulation 45/2001 on processing of personal data by the EU institutions.
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