Enhancing the link between National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) and arrangements for the validation of prior learning (VPL), with a specific focus on non-formal qualifications, will create both better training and labour market opportunities for people. It will also contribute to vocational education and training more in line with labour market needs. It will strengthen the inclusion of the third sector in both the work with NQFs and VPL. To enhance that link, to support further policy development, and strengthen the capacity of involved stakeholders, the NOVA-Nordic project has been exploring the following questions:
- Non-formal qualifications – how and by who are they developed? Are they included in the NQFs and if so, how?
- How are learning outcomes designed and used for qualification development as well as in VPL arrangements?
- Are NQFs and VPL arrangements linked and if so, how?
By comparing different country approaches to the above questions and identifying and analysing good practices, the project has formulated a number of core messages aimed at policy makers and other involved stakeholders. In addition, the project has developed a quality tool to support capacity building for those involved in the development of non-formal qualifications, defining learning outcomes, and linking these with VPL arrangements.
Below you can read more about the results of the project and the different outputs.