National systems and experiences in the recognition of non-formal, informal and prior learning, within the voluntary service in Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Poland.

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The explanation of the LEVER approach to the transversal competence validation in volunteering. It includes: 

- A first introduction part dealing with the underpinning concepts and references such as the Validation of Prior Learning, the Survey outcome, the European frameworks concerning competences and qualifications to refer to.
- The explanation of the Model in terms of: the competence catalogue and standard; the validation process; the tools useful to carry on the process in practice.
- A final part concerning the observations, recommendation and guidelines emerged during the experimental project activities during which the model was tested, revised and fine-tuned.

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The web application at use of volunteers, validation centres, assessors and tutors. The webtool tutorials are available in English, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Dutch and Danish language.

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The Assessor Tutor Training designs a Training Program based on 5 modules which want to lead the participant from the general introducing level up to the specific knowledge and competence needed to practice VPL (Validation of Prior Learning ) and the LEVER approach. 

M1: Introduction to validation of prior learning in the voluntary sector. What is VPL about, VPL terminology, the development of VPL.

M2: The VPL phases identification, documentation, assessment and certification. The LEVER model and tasks for VPL practitioners. The tasks and roles for the voluntary operators. 

M3: VPL tutors/ guiders and counsellor’s skills profile 

M4: VPL assessor’s skills profile 

M5: VPL in Voluntary sector as part of individual career development in the society. A sustainable approach to validation including quality assurance (a summarising module)

Training materials are also available in English and national language.

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The project activated 80 validation paths across Italy, Spain, The Netherland, Denmark and Poland. At the end of the experimentation,  63 LEVER certifications were issued as follows:
- 18 Italy 
- 21 Poland 
- 12 Spain 
- 12 The Netherland

The document hereunder summarises the activities carried out during the Certification.

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The certification report synthetizes the main figures and feedback emerging out of the certification and testing activities, based on the information collected by each partner on a monthly basis. 

The overall comment ad perception about the approach were very positive:

  • it is considered very useful for the volunteers, the volunteer associations and the business sector as well 
  • the structure in the five steps is considered appropriate as well as the tools are considered very useful to support the dialogue between tutors and volunteers.

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The dashboard is a very simple but useful tool, exploited by all partners and implemented step by step along the project lifespan. It helps planning and coordinating the overall actions in order to promote and disseminate the intermediate and final results.

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A final document reports all the activities carried on for disseminating and promoting the project outcome along the project life-span across the partner countries. Some articles and press release are hereunder avaiable.

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 What is the actual impact achieved by the project within its scope of action? To what extend have the training and the certification been valued and appreciated?

How far are the project topics and outcome visible and valued by the labour policy agencies, enterprises and stakeholders all? 

The final report explains:
- The objectives and the methodology followed by the activity
- the findings according to five issues: implementation of LEVER activities; Assessor and Tutors training; certification process; Level of awareness; suggestions and improvements
- the conclusions and recommendations for improving the model, the tool and, therefore, their actual impact
 

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 What are the key factors and the actions that LEVER can undertake in order to deploy and improve the main outcome and results beyond the project?

The outcome and results concern tangible and intangible products such as the Standard and the related Process, the Toolkit, the Assessor Tutor Training program, the webtool for volunteers and LEVER operators, the opened dissemination channels, the impact European networking.

The sustainability plan basically deals with three main directions:
a) How to keep the LEVER achievement alive beyond the project and to have people going on speaking on it
b) How to increase the LEVER impact over time and to get the LEVER validation out of the pilot phase into a full speed service
c) How to empower the LEVER scope and to include it into a more integrated system where all the potential stakeholders are effectively linked to each other: employers/business; trainers/educational system; policy makers/ public agencies

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