Validation of Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Lear..
Validation of Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Learning: The case study of Personal Assistants
Start date: Oct 1, 2009,
Based on the EU policies related to the recognition of qualifications, EUPA's main objective is to develop a model for the recognition & validation of the qualifications of a sector based on learning outcomes. The sector of Personal Assistants (PAs) has been selected (as a case study) for the following reasons: 1. PAs often do not have academic qualifications which makes the validation of other skills and competences a necessity. 2. Most of the inactive women when entering the labour market request a position as a secretary or a PA & in many cases they have no formal qualifications. Evaluation of their non formal & informal learning will ease their access to the employment market. 3. PAs are of vital importance in every EU company. Their role has been upgraded during the last decade. The main objectives are: 1. To develop qualifications framework for Pas based on learning outcomes (LOs) 2. To identify LOs that may be easier to be developed through non formal & informal learning and to use this information to design methodological tools to be used during formal training for these outcomes. 3. To develop, with the aid of an Assessment Tool, a European certification for secretaries and PAs. The Assessment Tool will be two dimensional & will use different methodological tools for the assessment of different learning outcomes. Therefore, when customized, it can be used across sectors. 4. To develop a modular curriculum & training material that will enable PAs to certify and to assign credits to the modules of this curriculum Main deliverables will be in Greek, English, Swedish, Slovak. The objectives will be achieved through an innovative methodology where assessment is performed before & after the training in different target sectors. EUPA will raise awareness on the issue of qualifications recognition for low activity countries(GR,CY,SK) while it will develop assessment & methodological tools, materials etc to support the recognition of qualifications.
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