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European Award for innovative practice and initiatives on validating competences in informal and non-formal learning in Europe

We are a group of partners that for more than 10 years have been working in EU projects dealing with competence oriented learning and validation. We would like to know in how far learning projects already tackle the theme of competence oriented learning and validation or how they could cope with it in future.

We are looking for innovative projects and activities in all educational fields (from school to higher education, vocational training, adult learning, youth, volunteering and mobility projects etc.) that promote the development of social, personal and organisational competences (SPOC) in an innovative way and include practical cases or at least ideas on how learning outcomes and competence developments within this specific competence area can be assessed and evidenced also beyond the walls of formal education.

Hence the VITA-prize is an award given to the most innovative and promising European initiatives and projects that

  • work in an innovative and novel fashion;
  • focus on integrating SPOC in learning contexts;
  • reflect on/consider ways of measuring and documenting learner’s development in relation to these competences;
  • promote understanding and awareness for the evaluation / validation of informal and non-formal learning and highlight its value either for the individual (whose competences were validated) or
  • for the organisation (who validates competences).

Who can participate?

The competition is targeted towards individuals, companies, training funds, professional groups, NGOs, VET schools, schools, universities, youth organisations, public authorities, institutions of LLL, civic society organisations, social partners, professionals and researchers.

Participants must live in one of the following countries:
28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey.

How to participate?

Ongoing or completed, existing or planned case studies, initatives or projects can enter the competition.
For this purpose, proceed as follows:

The six steps to Mechelen:

  1. read the info on this page
  2. click on submit to land on the submission page
  3. fill in sheet
  4. if applicable, upload file
  5. submit
  6. maybe win?

Please read carefully our FAQ section

When is the closing date?

The competition entries are to be presented by August 15th, 2015.

And the award goes to…

The contributions will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Original solutions to non-formal and informal learning problems and needs
  • Validation: The way learning outcomes are assessed and evidenced
  • Impact: Potential and actual effect on participants, learning context and the society in general
  • Sustainability: Continuation of this innovation
  • Transferability: Potential use of the innovation in other contexts

The jury will select two projects per category: adult education, schools, VET, higher education, Youth in Action.

Award ceremony in Mechelen, Belgium

The ten winners will be invited to present their project at the conference which will be held on September 17th and 18th in Belgium with an international audience.

The prize includes travel, accommodation and subsistence for a 2-day trip to Mechelen. All winners will get the opportunity to present their cases during the final conference and will benefit from a European wide dissemination in a specific newsletter and on our PROVIDE website.

We are looking forward to your contributions and wish you the best of luck!

Your VITA-project team

What is PROVIDE?

PROVIDE is a EU-project funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme and stands for PROmoting the Validation of Informal and non-formal learning and the Development of key competences for professionals in vocational Education.

PROVIDE is one of the several projects in which a group of European partners has been collaborating to develop and test the LEVEL5 system aimed to validate competences acquired outside or parallel to formal education under specific consideration of social, personal and organisational competences.

Since 2013, we have been offering the my-VITA e-portfolio system as a platform for learners, trainers, educational institutions to connect the evidences of learning with CVs and also web-based learning offers.

For our tenth anniversary we are organising our 8th European conference in the Belgian city of Mechelen near Brussels. In connection with this event we would like to invite innovative European projects from the field and provide a forum for presentation and exchange.

PROVIDE is part of REVEAL, the Research and Evaluation Group for Validating, Evaluating and Assessing Informal and Non-formal Learning represented in 22 European member states.

You find more information on the project on our PROVIDE website: www.provide-eu.org



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