Benefits of validation
Systematic validation mechanisms would make clear which skills are available in the European workforce:
- facilitating a better match between skills and labour demand, addressing skills shortages in growing sectors
- promoting better transferability of skills between companies and sectors
- helping citizens move around the EU to live and work.
Broadly, learning outside the formal school/vocational training/university system, taking place through planned activities (e.g. with goals and timelines) involving some form of instruction, for example:
- programmes to impart work-skills, literacy and other basic skills for early school-leavers
- in-company training
- structured online learning
- courses organised by civil society organisations for their members, their target group or the general public.
Learning that is not organised or structured in terms of goals, time or instruction. This covers skills acquired (sometimes unintentionally) through life and work experience, for example.
- project-management or IT skills acquired at work
- languages and intercultural skills acquired during a stay abroad
- IT skills acquired outside work
- skills acquired through volunteering, cultural activities, sports, youth work and through activities at home (e.g. taking care of a child).
- Press release "Commission urges Member States to recognise skills gained outside school and university"
- Common European Principles for the identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning (May 2004)
- Validating non-formal and informal learning – European guidelines
- European Inventory on the validation of non-formal and informal learning