In some EU countries, efficient and well-experimented tools to measure and certify the acquired competences have been already deployed, as stated by the European Inventory report (last issue 2014). However, the implementation level and the competence measure and certification processes are quite different from each other and very often unknown or not recognized in different countries. With reference to the European Guideline for Validating non-formal and informal learning (Cedefop 2015), the aim of this project (LEVER) is to:
> collect all the current experiences developed by the various partners on this topic;
> design, test, implement and disseminate a standard model and process for the measure and certification of the soft skills (namely the above mentioned reference key competences) developed/acquired by volunteers during their activities in the non-profit organisations;
> elaborate recommendations for policy makers to embed the model and the process in the active labour market policies.
The key innovative aspects of the project are:
> except for possible minor customizations related to the local laws, the model and process for the measure and certification of the soft skills will be a standard to be used at a transnational level, based on the European available tools, Europass, ECVET, and the EQF in terms of levels and learning outcome approach for recognition and certification;
> the creation of an initial European area based on mutual trust and common tools (namely Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain), where sharing common non-formal, informal learning paths in the voluntary cervice to be recognised by the market;
> the standardization of the model and process will enable its deployment and recognition, thus reducing the deployment and management costs (e.g. IT system-web site, operational manuals, etc.);
> young people will be stimulated to develop experiences in different countries, with the certainty that the feedbacks they will receive will have the same value in other European countries; it will be compliant with the European guidelines, criteria, rules (mainly, EQF, EUROPASS, ECVET);
> the project will involve the Industry Association as a Partner; it is a strong action that aims to build an important bridge between the non-profit and profit worlds. The result will be that the issued certificates will have great credibility in the labour world, facilitating the people employment.