EATI – European Adults: Training and Internationalization

Erasmus +
36 months: 2017-2020


Coordinator: EPRALIMA – Escola Profissional do Alto Lima (Portugal)




-          ESE – Association E-Seniors (France)

-          LFI – Learning for Integration (Finland)

-          CIPFP – Centro Integrado Publico de Formación Profesional Misericordia (Spain)

-          Fundacja Aktywni XXI (Poland)

-          VITECO – Vitale Tecnologie Telecomunicazioni (Italy)



The validation of non-formal and informal learning is generally seen as a key factor in the success of lifelong learning strategies, because of its potential to increase permeability in education and training systems. Validation of this learning brings several benefits, including the fact that low-skilled adults and other disadvantaged groups are trained through the identification and development of their skills and potential. In the labor market, motivation may be to promote adult employability or to solve the challenge of qualification in certain economic sectors.  In addition, validation of this learning can reduce other barriers to learning, such as lack of time or funding, because it allows learning paths to be leveraged.


At European level, the validation of this learning has been systematically promoted since the adoption of European principles in 2004. In 2012, the Council published its recommendation on the validation of lifelong learning with the aim of motivating more adults to participate in lifelong learning, particularly those from disadvantaged socio-economic groups and low-skilled adults. The Recommendation invited Member States to put in place mechanisms to validate this learning until 2018, allowing adults to have their knowledge/competencies/evaluations assessed and validated and to obtain a full qualification or, where applicable, a partial qualification. It is stressed that de facto disadvantaged groups will be able to benefit in particular from these validation mechanisms.


The project aims to create a methodological manual consisting of a methodological guide for professionals - a training basis for all coordinators/technicians/teachers involved in the process - as well as a set of specific tools for the recognition, validation and certification of competences to be applied to adults. It is expected that the manual, common to all entities, will enable adults to continue and complete the process in any other country or foreign countries in order to validate the process at European level.


General objective: within the framework of adult school qualifications, it is planned to contribute to the development of a methodological manual which ensures the recognition, validation and certification of adults, allowing the combination of theoretical and practical approaches to validation and certification in order to extend national and European visions.


Specific objectives:


1 – Creation of a methodological manual consisting of a methodological guide for professionals and a series of specific recognition, validation and certification of competences. The objective is to build a common tool that will enable adult mobilization. In order to equip adults and make their certification transversal to other countries, the manual will serve as a basis for training all coordinators/technicians/teachers working or coming to work in these processes.


2 - Pilot study - experimentation of the manual with a group of adults to put into practice the validation and school certification tools at European level. In addition to the tools that will have to be applied and validated, a certificate recognized at European level will have to be issued at the end of the process.


3 - Creation of a digital platform for the dissemination of the methodology used with adults and the implementation of complementary tools to promote integration into the national and international labor market. It will be a tool for adults, already certified by the partner entities, which aims to promote accompaniment and obtain specific training for other transversal knowledge.


4 - Final evaluation of the impact of the pilot study, which will lead to a report on the development and implementation of the manual.

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