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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Valorize NFIL Across Europe

by Giorgio Rosso

Valorize NFIL Across Europe is an Erasmus plus KA2 Adult started in 2018.


Council Recommendation of 20th December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) started an European common process the involved quite all UE countries.

Many researches put in evidence that this process shows 2 problems:

  • it is developed in a very local perspective
  • migrants are not particularly involved in validation of NFIL.

In particular this point is not in line with the suggestion of Council Recommendation (point 2.c: “disadvantaged groups, including individuals who are unemployed and those at risk of unemployment, are particularly likely to benefit from the validation arrangements, since validation can increase their participation in lifelong learning and their access to the labour market”) expecially because, as reported in different researches:  

  • validation has real consequences for the life chances of immigrants;
  • the recognition of immigrants’ prior learning is one of the main barriers for immigrants’ integration;
  • it’s proved the need for specifically tailored systems which give immigrants a central place and provide them with target-oriented support;
  • there is an “‘‘inclusive’’ view of validation, underlining its potential as a tool for social and labour market integration

This is the starting point of Valorize NFIL across Europe project.

Main aim: Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning, employability and job mobility for migrants.

Direct target: national entities involved in the process of recognizing professional qualifications and in assessing and certifying learning outcomes, employment services, education and training providers, as well as civil society organizations are all key stakeholders with an important role to play in facilitating opportunities for non-formal and informal learning and any subsequent validation processes.

Indirect Target:

  • “traditional” migrants in EU Country from non EU Countries
  • and “new migrants” (INTRA-EU migration)

Starting framework:

Valorize high skilled migrants (an Erasmus plus project 2014-2016, aimed to identify and strengthen medium-high skilled immigrants‘ competences)
COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL)

Expected results:

To analyze some specific aspect of the phenomenon of migration in Europe (migrants from non EU and intra-EU, level of qualification of new migrants, internal migration of young workers)  and arrangements adopted in different countries for the validation of non-formal and informal learning, following the COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION 20/12/12;

To built an open source data base available in different countries in order to share information and methods in order to help direct and indirect target (see above) in the process of


of individual's learning outcomes acquired through non-formal and informal learning.

To create and test a guidance module that could help migrants and vocational operators to reach in one UE country the validation and certification of NFIL acquired in another EU ore non EU country.

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