The project "Evaluation And Recognition of Non-formal and Informal Learning" (Project number LLP-LDV-PA-09-IT-0276) stipulates a partnership of 5 organizations, from 5 different countries. The advantage of the established partnership is that it forms a diverse network for collaboration between institutions and organisations and allows examining the project issues from different perspectives.
The current project is developing a methodology which will be elaborated in compliance with: the needs of employers, employees, SME owners, SME managers, HR managers, SME consultants, people who have been kept away from the labour market from some time.
Workplace learning is becoming increasingly more popular as a means for companies to achieve their short and long-term goals. Practice shows that informal learning should be introduced into the workplace not as a replacement for formal learning but to complement it - they should be applied together. However, up to now little is known about the quantity and quality of learning outcomes in informal and non-formal settings at the work place. This opens up the opportunity for more investigations and active cooperation in this field, as the results from revealing further details of learning processes taking place in the work place will benefit a lot SMEs, training and educational organizations and social institutions.
The current project will focus on the efficient communication between the small and medium-sized enterprises, education and training centres and social partners in revealing and recognizing the learning processes happening in the workplace. The content of the methodology will be determined by the communication chain between those three groups, as each of them is involved in the learning process from in a different aspect. Enterprises best know their needs and requirements for skills and competences. Educational institutions are specialized at adopting and providing training courses according to the market demand. Finally, social partners are concerned with the recognition of non-formally and informally acquired knowledge as many of the groups they work with are socially excluded and didn’t have access to official education or dropped-out from the system early. These three major parties need to speak in the same “language” and to understand each other. This communication chain is an integral part of the conception for the methodology.
For the above mentioned reasons, the project is considered to be relevant to the objective of the Leonardo da Vinci programme i.e. “to improve the quality and to increase the volume of cooperation between institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities, enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe.”
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