Berlin – May 7 and 8, 2019

Making policy work

Validation of Prior Learning for education and the labour market

The 3rd VPL Biennale will take place on May 7 and 8, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

What is validation about?

VPL gives visibility and value to all forms of learning and seeks to uncover and unlock latent talent in the workforce and in society. The biennale is for policy makers, researchers, users, practitioners, and other stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of Validation of Prior Learning. It`s about sharing knowledge, ideas and visions of VPL, learning from each other`s experiences and creating viable solutions in the ‘VPL world’.

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Track 1 – organisational arrangements

Organisational arrangements are fundamental to the success of a VPL system. Key stakeholders’ areas of responsibility need to be clearly demarcated, with extensive collaboration and cooperation across sectors. See here the presentations of Track 1.

Track 2 – Financing

Validation costs money.
For this reason, the creation of financing structures and a response to the question of who pays what towards the cost of validation or qualification procedure are of crucial significance. See here the presentations of Track 2.

Track 3 – Procedures and instruments

Procedures include structured pathways for validation of learning outcomes, training for assessors and guides, as well as mechanisms for quality assurance of validation processes. Instruments are tools that make learning outcomes visible or help to assess them. See here the presentations of Track 3.

Track 4 – Support Structures

Access to guidance is essential for learners trying to navigate recognition procedures. A combination of face-to-face support and online tools and information form a valuable component of any functioning VPL system. See here the presentations of Track 4.

Track 5 – Post-validation Pathways

The value of VPL results on the job market and to education providers determines the success of a VPL system.  VPL results must facilitate an individual’s mobility, opening up pathways which were previously closed off. See here the presentations of Track 5.

Track 6 – Legal Foundations

A clear legal framework, which coordinates and oversees quality provision of VPL, is the bedrock of a sustainable VPL system. See here the presentations of Track 6.