Background paper on Validation

Nowadays individuals acquire new skills through limitless learning opportunities – not only in traditional settings but also at work, through participation in civil society organisations, in ‘virtual space’ or individually. Recognising and validating the skills and competences acquired through these forms of learning would support the social inclusion and empowerment of people, especially those with limited opportunities to access formal education. The process of validation of non-formal and informal learning helps to bridge educational inequalities, and offers further pathways for the development of the skills needed in life and in the labour market.

This document brings together a background paper on validation and a case study by our Member Työväen Sivistysliitto TSL – the Workers’ Educational Association WEA of Finland. With their tool ‘LEVEL 5’ they recognise informal and non-formal knowledge. Overall, the aim of the project was to evaluate inter-cultural competence and informal learning in social and healthcare services with LEVEL 5.