I wonder if members of this group could help me with some questions.
I’m thinking about the extent to which validation is a ‘right’ in Europe. I get the feeling that in some countries there is an entitlement, whilst in others (maybe most countries?) there is no such entitlement.
The situation in England is interesting. Further education colleges are required to have validation policies as part of the quality assurance processes which they have to have by law. However, in practice the extent to which they make visible their validation practices and offer them to learners varies a lot. If someone starts a programme at a further education college, they may be lucky enough to be at a college that promotes its validation processes, or they may be unlucky and have to ask for validation themselves. So in England, there is a kind of entitlement but only if someone starts a programme and then whether they actually get validated - and the quality of support they get - is a question of luck. There is no general common validation process across the whole of England and no active encouragement to the general public to have skills validated – probably not least because to do so would require lots of resources.
What is the situation like in other countries in this regard?
Andrew McCoshan, EPALE Thematic Coordinator (Quality in Adult Learning)