Tips: Making validation work for early leaver
Validation is about making visible the diverse and rich learning of individuals, irrespective of where this learning took place. Validation is a process that can be carried out by different stakeholders within the education and training sector, labour market and third sector. There are four different stages to validation: identification, documentation, assessment and certification. These stages can be mixed and balanced in different ways – e.g. when working towards a formal qualification, the assessment stage is crucial. In voluntary work, the identification and documentation stage may be more relevant.
There are a range of validation initiatives that include early leavers as a key target group, though maybe not their sole target group. Initiatives may be aimed at young people, but not necessarily those who are early leavers. They may cover the low skilled but over a broader age range. Nevertheless practitioners will be able to draw on key elements of existing validation initiatives and their corresponding tools in order to make validation opportunities relevant and specific to the needs of the individual.
Across the different opportunities, there are important considerations to bear in mind. We offer some tips on how to address these considerations: