The competence subject is a key item in the policy and the European learning programmes. The “European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey” (2015), the first European survey on skill mismatch and produced by Cedefop, pointed out how essential are the transversal skills (communication, team-working, problem solving, learning skills and planning and organisation…). They typically have high transferability across different jobs and sectors and they are important for a higher share of EU28 jobs.
The New Skills Agenda, launched in June 2016, promotes actions focused on improving the skills intelligence; the skills profile tools to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of citizens. Moreover, the Skills Agenda promotes a review of the European qualifications framework (EQF) for a better understanding of qualifications and use of all available skills in the European labour market.
From this perspective, LEVER UP is focussed on the mutual recognition of the European key competences for lifelong learning, in particular the communication competences, cultural, social and civic learning competences and the social entrepreneurial skills.
The general scope of the project is summarized in its title: “Valuing informal learning and transversal competences experienced in the voluntary service to increase employability, social responsibility and mobility”, which will be met through:
– Reaching mutual trust across Europe by sharing transversal competences´ recognition and certification.
– Releasing a new empowered version of the LEVER Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) model, aiming at achieving a full speed service to all stakeholders.
– Achieving a higher integration between the volunteering service, education and VET systems, the labour market realities and policies.
– Strengthening the linkage between the LEVER VPL model with both National Qualification Frameworks (NQF) and European instruments such as: Europass, ECVET, EQF and also Open Badge.
Expected project results
– The evolved LEVER model: Release of an updated version of the model, including strong links with EQF, EQVET, Europass and National frameworks.
– The training service: A blended learning program intended to train assessors, tutors and certified trainers.
– Cross experimentation involving businesses, volunteering and education institutions.
– The e-Lever space: A web space to host the Lever Up multilingual management Webtool and the e-learning platform, among other features.
– The Lever Up quality frame: A quality system that complies with the VPL quality guidelines in place in European Nordic countries.
– The lever Up economic model: The frame that makes Lever Up sustainable for stakeholders.
– LEVER UP will raise awareness on the target groups about non-formal and informal learning and its recognition by certifications, as a value for the labour market and employability
– A consensus will be built among the different spheres addressed by LEVER UP. Businesses can participate in the certification process if they provide assessors. Also, by linking the new released VPL model to the vocational credits and qualifications, reciprocal values with the education environment will be established.
Program: Erasmus +/Cooperation for Innovation & the Exchange of Good Practices/Strategic Partnerships
Grant agreement: 2017-1-IT01-KA202-006243
Grant amount: 337.488,00 €
Project duration: 09/2017 – 11/2019 (27 months)
Project partners: FONDAZIONE POLITECNICO DI MILANO (FPM) -Italy; CSVnet -Italy; HOMINEM -Spain; Ecole -Italy; EUROPEAN CENTRE VALUATION of PRIOR LEARNING -Netherlands; SCUOLA NAZIONALE SERVIZI FOUNDATION -Italy; GOOD NETWORK FOUNDATION -Poland; CEV -Belgium; ANCILAB-Italy