The conference will address the challenges involved for Member States in meeting the 2018 deadline set by the 2012 European Council recommendation for establishing national validation arrangements.
Validation of non-formal and informal learning is about making visible and giving value to the diverse and often unique learning opportunities people are presented with in their everyday life (e.g. through training courses, online learning, at work, at home or during leisure time).
One major purpose of validation is to make it possible for individuals to take advantage of the outcomes of their learning experiences and use them to gain access to employment and/or education opportunities.
Cedefop has been working systematically on validation of non-formal and informal learning since the late 1990s and sees this conference as an opportunity to reflect on the long-term developments in this area – focusing both on what has been achieved and what remains to be done.
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