Validation of prior learning

8 May 11:15 - 12:30
Validation of prior learning Ville Heinonen

Validation of prior learning

Ville Heinonen

Financing system, Finland

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Finland has reformed its legislation and the funding mechanism for Vocational Education and Training (VET). The new system came into effect at the beginning of 2018. The background philosophy of the reform, was that the skills needed in order to achieve a qualification, could be gained in various learning environments – whether formal, informal, or non-formal, throughout the course of a lifetime. The financing system supports the Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) by allocating 35 % of the finances to it – depending on how many qualifications/modules of qualifications have been achieved annually. So, the greater the volume of qualifications an individual training organisation can award, the greater the amount of resources that will be allocated to it. Half of the overall funding is based on (a) the amount of students involved, (b) 15% of the funding, on the student movements either into employment, or a higher education institution, and (c) a student survey. This presentation focuses on the legislation and funding mechanism for VPL in Finland, and the main successes and challenges.

About Ville Heinonen

Finnish ministry of Education and Culture

Ville Heinonen works in the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture as a Senior Ministerial Advisor. Currently, he works with upper secondary school-level Vocational Education and Training (VET), with a focus on steering mechanisms at system level. He has extensive experience in the anticipation of educational needs. He also has wide experience in Adult Education and Training (AET), spanning contexts from liberal Adult Education to higher education institutions.