Four reports on validation have just been published by Cedefop. They focus on funding, the care and youth sectors, use of validation of non-formal and informal learning, and validation and open educational resources.
Funding sources for validation of non-formal and informal learning are examined and associated issues such as sustainability and accessibility are discussed in this report. It identifies five funding sources used by countries across Europe: dedicated public funding from national sources; public funding but not specifically allocated to validation; EU and project funding; mix of public and private sector funding; and fees charged to individual learners. For each of these, it sets out a list of strengths/enablers and barriers/weaknesses. The report suggests that there is scope to look into validation funding in more detail.