Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Informal and non-formal competences matching devise for migrants' employability and active citizenship

Project rationale and background

The impact of an aging population and the inflows of immigrant workers are high on the international agenda of sustaining economic developments and improving allocation of human capital. Adult learning and education are a critical and necessary response to these challenges. They are a key component of a holistic and comprehensive system of lifelong learning and education which integrates formal, non-formal and informal learning and which addresses, explicitly or implicitly, both youth and adult learners. At national levels and with different intensity during the last decade, EU members started to introduce methods and procedures for recognition and validation of results of non formal and informal learning but their nature and extent vary from one country; experience and expertise are also very unevenly distributed. The countries involved in the proposal similarly have varying degrees of experience and are at different stages of development. FR and the NL probably have the most experience of national initiatives in VET using a range of different approaches while in the other partners’ countries provisions for bridging between different kinds of learning, particularly non formal and formal, are being implemented although often with no single generalised coherent framework. Furthermore, migrants are the focus of special attention in general and in the area of recognition of non-formal and informal learning outcomes. The recognition of the skills, competences and qualifications of migrant workers in the EU is still a problematic issue. The project addresses the agenda and objectives of the EC in the field of non-formal and informal learning responding to the needs of migrants. It also builds on H.E.LE.N. project funded under LLP LdV (2004 - I/04/B/F/NT-154056) aimed at promoting systemic recognition of competences and/or qualifications, among different countries through a collection, selection and classification of competence standards for several professional profiles.

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