Expert forum 120 min

Turning skills acquired in non-formal settings into real professional assets

Wednesday, 29.03.2017 • 09:00 h • AGJ-Fachausschuss "Kinder- und Jugend(hilfe)politik in Europa"

The EU's education systems and labour markets are faced with having to absorb an increasing number of people with non-mainstream educational and professional biographies. In this regard, validation schemes for skills acquired in non-formal settings are immensely promising.
The debate surrounding the recognition of non-formal learning achievements has a European dimension, for an EU Council decision from 2012 requires all Member States to introduce a national scheme to validate skills acquired by non-formal means by 2018.
In Germany, progress has been slow. While the German Qualifications Framework was introduced in May 2013 in response to its European counterpart, it currently only accounts for formal qualifications. Various working groups are debating the inclusion of non-formal qualifications, however they are far from reaching a consensus.
This expert forum will explore which validation models have been developed in other EU countries, and what Germany can learn from its European neighbours.


  • Dr. Jutta Illichmann | Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolas Schöpf | Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Thimmel | Technische Hochschule Köln
  • Dr. Birgit Hoppe | Stiftung SPI
  • Anni Kartunnen | Finnish National Agency for Education


Sabine Pfeffer