Time to recognise all types of learning
Skills acquired outside formal education should be recognised by potential employers
Appeared in print on 04.10.2012
Everyone agrees that the skills that people gain outside formal education are important, and that ways should be found to communicate their value to potential employers and the gatekeepers of further and higher education. But despite this consensus, only four countries in the European Union have systems in place to recognise and validate informal and non-formal learning. The Commission wants governments to put that right by 2015, a commitment currently being considered by the Council of Ministers.