VPL2 – Managing European diversity in lifelong learning

The follow up project of the Leonardo project "Valuation of prior learning" is called "Managing European diversity in life long learning", VPL2.

The first project meeting was held in Paris in November.


The project "Managing European diversity in lifelong learning" aims at strengthening the use of validation of non-formal and informal learning for both summative and formative purposes in a qualitative and quantitative sense: more use of the validation principles by individuals and organizations, supported by a more demand-steered and customer-oriented learning system.

Working methods

This goal will be served by working both top-down and bottom-up. We aim at working bottom-up, i.e. making visible the specific needs for lifelong learning on the labour market in three key sectors as well as top-down, i.e. showing the services that national and sectoral learning systems are already offering or designing the services that national and sectoral learning systems should be able to offer to the potential users, i.e. the modern, lifelong learning workers.
Both approaches will be used simultaneously at three sectoral levels and in seven different European learning cultures. The three key sectors are metal (profit), health (non-profit) and voluntary work (unpaid work). The seven learning cultures are: Anglo-Saxon, East-European, German-dual, Mixed, Romanic-French, Scandinavian and South-European.
The partners aim to work on the analysis of good practices and experiences in the main learning cultures in Europe by:
  • gathering, analysing & comparing the practices from different learning cultures,
  • identifying critical success factors
  • knowledge exchange on weaknesses and strengths
  • formulating a general approach to the implementation of the validation principles in any given learning culture
  • showing specific forms of implementation through role models
  • disseminating the results within all learning cultures.

Coordinating institution

The project is co-ordinated by the Foundation European Centre for Valuation of Prior Learning.


Partners from Germany, Czech Republic, France, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, UK and Norway are represented.

Project period

2005 – 2007