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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Validation of prior learning

Naciye Akan, 73 years old, has finished his training for 340 hours in Şaphane district of Kütahya. Naciye Akan, 73 years old, in the Şaphane district of Kütahya, finished 340 hours of training and became a professional. Şaphane public education center by participating in the courses that continue to learn and produce Akan said, '' the house does not spend the time to sit. No age to contribute to production. My wife died years ago. I raised my own children and married them. Now I'm living again, working alone without anyone.

International courses, job shadowing and other staff training opportunities are the cornerstones of European Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for educational staff within the Erasmus+ KA1 programme.

However, the KA1 programme is facing a number of challenges regarding accessibility of suitable courses and learning offers, quality control, competence validation and evidences of the impact of these CPD opportunities.

ECVET is a framework for transferring and recognising learning outcomes across VET learning environments. QUAKE was a 2014 Irish Erasmus+ KA2 VET cross-sectoral project that set out to develop the capacity of VET teachers to implement ECVET. Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland was one of five partners in the project. Dr. Cathal de Paor, Director of Continuing Professional Development at the college, reflects on the project here.  

In this podcast, Simon Broek interviews Brigitte Bosche and Anne Strauch from the German Institute for Adult Education about the GRETA-portfolioPlus project on validation of informal and non-formal competences of adult educators.

The ‘You Future, Your Volunteers’ concept combines a set of defined future volunteering skills, peer learning and foresight activities. Skills’ recognition has become a very important issue in voluntary work. Volunteer managers and volunteers alike are aware of the increased need for quality and efficiency, but also of the opportunities offered for volunteers by validation. In many of the countries involved in our project, the non-formal and informal learning opportunities offered by the voluntary sector are essential from an employability perspective for young people in particular.

3 July 2019
by Marion Fields

Social entrepreneurship is a recent trend in the alternative economy which can also provide the long-term unemployed with interesting perspectives. But how you can ensure that people have the “right stuff” to be an entrepreneur? The CHEER competence assessment model is one option.

17 June 2019
by Ann-Kristin Iwersen

At the 3rd VPL Biennale, which took place between 7 - 8 May 2019, in Berlin, EPALE Germany conducted an interview with An De Coen from IDEA Consult. She and her team were commissioned with calculating how much it would cost to establish and maintain a VPL System in Flanders. In the interview, Ms De Coen talks about why calculating the cost is so important and how the model for calculating it might be transferable to other countries.

Thursday 14 November 2019 to Friday 15 November 2019, Germany

Seminar: Kompetenzen erkennen bei arbeitsmarktfernen Personen

Die berufliche Integration von arbeitsmarktfernen Personen ist eine immer größer werdende Herausforderung. Die herkömmlichen Instrumente der Beratung und Vermittlung stoßen dabei oft an ihre Grenzen. Welche Möglichkeiten bleiben dann noch für BeraterInnen und Einrichtungen, Kompetenzen zu ermitteln und Perspektiven für die Integration zu entwickeln? 

Thursday 27 June 2019, Italy

Competenze ed accoglienza in un’ottica di rete

Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per il Lazio


Progetto CRS&S seconda annualità – DD 1538/2017 – Piano nazionale triennale della ricerca

“Competenze ed accoglienza in un’ottica di rete”

Evento Conclusivo e di Restituzione Giovedì 27.06.2019 - ore 10.00 presso IPSOA “CELLETTI” FORMIA


Programma - Saluti della Dirigente Scolastica dell’ “IPSOA” Celletti – Formia Prof.ssa Monica Piantadosi

Wednesday 26 June 2019, Italy


Validate non-formal and informal skills of immigrants. This is the aim of the project "Embrace: Enhancement of migrants abilities and recognition of their competences in Europe", funded by Erasmus +, to improve employment opportunities in Europe for extra-european migrants, particularly in the agri-food sector, allowing them to leave the emergency condition and to counter forms of exploitation such as “Caporalato”.

Wednesday 26 June 2019, Austria

Fachveranstaltung aus der Reihe "Internationale Bildungssysteme" - UNGARN und Anerkennung ungarischer Abschlüsse in Österreich

Überblick über die aktuellen (beruflichen) Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten in Ungarn, Bewertungspraxis der universitären Abschlüsse aus Ungarn und Anerkennung der ungarischen Berufsabschlüsse (Gleichhaltung) weitere Informationen und Anmeldung:
Tuesday 4 June 2019, Slovakia

Webinar: SDG4: S(Love)Code - How can companies help to nurture 21st century skills

Webinar SDG4: S(Love)Code - How can companies help to nurture 21st century skills will be hosted by of project partner Pontis Foundation.

Register here:

Achieving Goal 4 for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.

How can companies effectively contribute to the SDG4 Quality Education and inspire their peers?

Monday 20 May 2019 to Tuesday 21 May 2019, Belgium

Segundo foro de aprendizaje de políticas sobre itinerarios de mejora de las capacidades: una visión para el futuro

Hoy, día 21 de mayo de 2019, tiene lugar el último día del  Segundo Foro de Aprendizaje de Políticas sobre itinerarios de mejora de las capacidades: una visión para el futuro (Second Policy learning forum on upskilling pathways: a vision for the future).

The purpose of this overview is to contribute to the formation of a common language and understanding of the concept of prior learning and what it means to recognise prior learning across all professional fields that deal with adult competences.

The overview is based on a broad, development-oriented approach of recognising prior learning, and cases have also been included to serve as practical examples.

The overview is also available in danish.

This review of the educational backgrounds of adult Roma is one of the measures of the Policy on Roma. It aims to survey the educational history of the adult Roma population in Finland, assess how the Roma approach education, and determine their educational needs.

This policy brief has been developed by the Nordic Networkof Adult Learning (NVL) in order to highlight the results already achieved in the field of validation in the Nordic region, and to point out further actions needed for the implementation of the European Council recommendation.

The knowledge base for the policy brief has been created by the NVLs Nordic Expert Network on Validation. To learn more about the Nordic cooperation in the field of validation, please, visit the network’s website:

EPALE National Support Service issues an electronic magazine each month tied to the thematic focus on EPALE. The magazine contains a selection of most read blogs on the platform translated into Serbian and other articles relevant to adult education in Serbia and Europe.

In accordance with the EPALE monthly focus the magazine in December 2018 dealt with Volunteering in adult learning.

The presentation by Martina Ní Cheallaigh (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) sets the context of the European Council's recommendation on Upskilling Pathways with a special emphasis on adults without upper secondary qualification (or equivalent). The presentation provides overall data on the skills of the target group, it highlights relevant elements of the recommendation and guides the reader through the main details of the Upskilling Pathways in terms of priorities, deadlines and challenges.


The Tempus Foundation and the EPALE Serbia National Support Service are organizing many activities to promote the EPALE platform and adult education in general. Here you can find a recording of the webinar entitled "Recognition of prior learning" which was held in April 2017, within the EPALE monthly thematic focus on this subject.
EPALE Serbia National Support Service compiles a Newsletter which is published on a monthly basis, in Serbian, and is sent to a mailing list consisted of adult education professionals in Serbia, as well as to others who subscribed for receiving it via email.
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