Title Validation des compétences des immigrants et compétences proValidation of immigrants’ vocational skills and competencies in tourism and services as an integration warrant in the EU
Project Number 2010-1-BG1-LEO05-03082
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text VALEU - Learning by Doing is a Value in Europe
The project “VALEU: Validation of immigrants’ vocational skills and competencies in tourism and services as an integration warrant in the EU” aims to create a pilot methodology for recognition and validation of vocational skills gained through work experience and competencies acquired through informal and non-formal learning related to it as a tool fostering integration of immigrants and mobile workers in the new EU Member States. The project goal is achieved via transferring the functioning model of the countries with developed validation systems and practice such as Denmark and Portugal to the new member states Bulgaria and Romania and the applicant county of Turkey, where due to the conservative state-dominated education systems, the access to individual learning paths and recognition of prior competence is underdeveloped.
The project aim is achieved via following set of objectives:
(i) to study the needs and promote the opportunities for validation of work experience acquired in the home country so as to allow full-right integration of immigrants in the EU labour market;
(ii) to create a model procedure for validation and recognition of work experience and competencies as vocational qualification in tourism and services;
(iii) to develop a model training program for validation of foreign work experience and competencies as vocational qualification for immigrants in tourism and services;
(iv) to prove the practical implication of validation of prior work experience and competencies in tourism and services;
(v) to publish and publicize the main research and innovation outcomes of the project of the stakeholders in the partner countries;
(vi) to promote and disseminate the project results.
The VALEU Project equips the partner countries with a working model for validation of vocational skills and competencies acquired through informal and non-formal learning in services and tourism. The model can be multiplied to other economic sectors.
The transfer of educational innovation under the VALEU project occurs in three perspectives:
I. Sectoral perspective
The project's essence is to transfer a model system for validation of competence of immigrants, acquired through work experience and informal learning related to it in the sectors of services and tourism.
II. Geographic perspective
The model system for validation of competence, acquired through informal learning and work experience comes from countries with developed validation systems high validation levels (Denmark and Portugal) to countries with almost non-existent validation systems (Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey).
The full-right participation of immigrants in the European labour market is integrally linked to the recognition of their vocational skills and upgrade of their professional performance. Therefore it is vitally important that all EU member states, especially those forming the outside border of the union, have the adequate practical standards allowing validation of the vocational skills of the immigrants.
III. Institutional perspective
The validation of competence acquired through informal learning and work experience is to improve the VET systems of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, which are still dominated by state institutions and follow rather conservative paths and automatically exclude immigrants because of language and cultural barriers or make the learning paths too long. This transfer will support the flexibility and labour market adequacy of these education systems as it is in "old" member states.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
The main publications of the VALEU Project are:
R1: Access of Immigrants to VET: Validation of Informal Learning and Work Experience as an Employment Prerequisite in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey (Research Report)
R2: Main Features of the Advanced Competence validation Systems in the EU: The cases of Denmark and Portugal (Research Report)
R3: Matching the Established Needs of the Immigrant Communities with the main Features of the Existing Validation Systems (Research Report)
R4: Model Procedure for validation of informal learning and work experience as vocational qualification in tourism and services (Model Validation Procedure)
R5: Document Set for Validation of Informal Learning and Work Experience as Vocational Qualification in Tourism and Services (Annex to the Model Validation Procedure)