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Validating informal competencies of young people - Good practice guide - en.pdf
Young people acquire competencies not only at school, vocational education and training and other formal learning settings. They also acquire competencies when they take up responsibilities within their family, when they are meeting their friends, when they work in jobs, when they engage in sports or music, when they do volunteer work. Many young people, especially those socially disadvantaged, leave school without qualifications. The competencies they have acquired through non formal learning contexts are not visible and are not recognised. This is a major barrier to them either obtaining employment or progressing to further education and training.
There are already a number of tools aiming at the accreditation or recognition of prior or informal learning. However, these tools tend towards identifying experiences, knowledge and skills for the purpose of gaining part or all of a qualification. The validation tool we have developed starts from the experiences of the young person. In our experience, many young people are unable to recognise the skills they have acquired - or do not perceive those skills as noteworthy for their future employment or education. IOt is only though helping young people to tell their own stories in their own way can a true picture be developed of the knowledge and skills they may have.
The Best Practice Guide has been designed to help those who wish to use the ICOVET validation tool in order to make visible competencies, young people have acquired outside formal education settings.