Title Recognition and validation of non-formal and informal competencies in the context of National Qualification Frameworks
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147413
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text To encourage the mobility of European workers, a comparability of qualifications and skills is required. The EQF sets an initial basis for the comparability of learning outcomes. Validation of non-formal and informal learning outcomes has not become a reality for citizens. The global competition of the future will more and more become a competition of competencies. Skills development is one of the most important instruments to ensure our future. It is a big challenge to measure these non-formally and informally acquired skills and to present their comparison in a scientific way. Therefore the project reacted to this need. The starting point of the project approach was the KODE® model including the Atlas of Competences. The KøDE-NQF project used the KODE® Atlas of Competences as a basic instrument for structuring the competences of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF).
The rapidly changing labour market, ageing population, intensified global competition and current crises make it necessary to use all available knowledge, skills and competencies – irrespective of where and how they have been acquired. The interest in validation can be seen as closely linked to efforts to create more flexible qualification systems – making it possible for individuals to build learning careers stretching ‘from cradle to grave’.
The (traditional) training is part of the - much more comprehensive - professional skills development. Skills' development is one of the most important instruments to ensure our future. The future knowledge society is a society of competencies. It is a big challenge to measure non-formally and informally acquired skills and to present their comparison in a scientific way.
The starting point of the project approach was the KODE® model including the Atlas of Competences developed and invented in 1997 by Erpenbeck/Heyse which has been under development since then. 64 fields of competencies are the basis of this model which is mainly (also in other European countries) used for staff development in private business or within authorities.
The KøDE-NQF project used the KODE® Atlas of Competences as a basic instrument for structuring the competences of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) of Germany, Italy and Poland.
Key project objectives were:
- To find a methodology on how to assign the key competences from the KODE® Atlas of Competences to the eight levels in the EQF and NQFs
- To modify the tools in order to adapt them to the requirements of the NQFs in Germany, Italy and Poland
- To develop educational instructions and support for trainers and consultants in the field of education and training
The main outputs of the project are:
1. KøDE-NQF tools/questionnaires for measurement and validation of non-formally and informally acquired competencies according to the eight levels of EQF and NQFs.
2. Handbook with training pack - to inform users how to implement the tool in the counselling process.
The project has impact on VET providers: counsellors, advisers, consultants, they will have materials on how to work with measurement, assessment and validation of competencies and skills acquired in non-formal and informal context and how to measure them in the context of NQFs and EQF.
The project also has impact on people who do not only have formal education and professional qualifications but also highly developed non-formal and informal skills and competencies, who move at the European or even global labour market and who require comparable recognition of their competencies.
The consortium was made out of six institutions, most of them had great expertise in implementing European projects and new materials in vocational settings. The cooperation of partners in each country was based on tandem and complementary work.
The partners from Germany, Italy and Poland aimed in transferring, adaptation and validation of KODE® to NQF in the partner countries. To achieve this the following objectives were set up:
• to modify the contents by taking into account EQF and NQF of partners’ countries
• to adapt the materials by adding didactic guidelines for VET teachers and trainers, counsellors how to implement this system with relation to the specific demand and need of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of countries and to the requirements of VET providers.
In the area of systematic changes: shifting to the learning outcomes, competence based systems and growing importance of validation of non-formally and informally acquired competencies, the role of VET providers and strengthening links between world of work and VET are of high importance. The need to develop the skills and competencies of VET counsellors, advisors and consultants are necessary in order to cope with those changes.
By offering new career development opportunities it is planned to ensure enhanced use of the potential of knowledge and skills of Europeans. Equipping professionals with tool/measurement method will enhance the recognition of non-formally and informally acquired competencies and qualifications and strengthening European dimension.
Recognition, transparency, certification
transparency and certification
Product information The VET providers of the project consortium, especially counsellors, advisers, consultants have materials on how to work with measurement, assessment and validation of competencies and skills acquired in non-formal context and how to measure them in the context of NQF and EQF. The VET institutions, regardless the sector,receive new sensitation and training materials and concrete tools and instruments.