• Organisation: AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe)
  • Theme: Non Formal and Informal Learning
  • When: Nov 2014 – Dec 2016
  • Scope: European project (Belgium, France and 4 pan-European organisations)

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership for Youth (KA2)

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): It aims at establishing Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) taking place in youth organisations. The final goal is to propose a European Advanced Tool which would give internal recognition systems the external visibility and functionality for volunteers to be able to use their competences acquired during their activity as meaningful skills in their search for employment. The project also wants to support long-term volunteers in raising their awareness of competences acquired and their value in an employment context as well as in acquainting them with the identification and documentation procedures that are useful to go through national validation systems. Another objective is to raise the awareness of companies on the benefits and impact of long term volunteering for transversal competence development.
The project methodology is decomposed in a research phase and implementation of the guidelines.

Target: Young people and youth organisations.

Main results: Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning + Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers + Desk Research + Interviews + Collection of 11 self-assessment tools.
Findings from the Employers surveys = The competences of an applicant gained during a volunteering period can be as valuable to a company as the competences gained through formal learning (4.07/5) + They value the fact that an applicant was active as a volunteer in the final decision to hire a job applicant compared to other aspects, such as diplomas (3.88/5) + 40% stated that applicants struggle to explain the competences they have gained during a volunteering period + 46.15% of employers expressed the need for other certificates or a portfolio + Very few respondents use or recognise existing competence frameworks and recognition tools.

Factors of success: The 2 steps methodology: Step 1: Understanding the needs and expectations => Step 2: Creating guidelines that offer help!

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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