Upcoming VPL Biennale examines how validation of prior learning affects education and the job market

  • Date: 7 May 2019 to 8 May 2019
  • Where: Berlin (Germany)

Globalization, digitalization and migration are changing the way we work and learn. An increasing skills mismatch between an individual’s ability to do a job and the demands of the job market as well as the challenge to integrate learners into work and education requires actors from formal, non-formal and informal sectors to work together to find solutions. By validating prior learning, we promote sustainable personal, organizational and societal development.


The VPL Biennale is an opportunity for experts, practitioners and policy-makers involved in the validation of prior learning (VPL) to exchange knowledge and ideas on VPL policy. The aim of the 3rd VPL Biennale, which will take place on 7 and 8 May 2019 in Berlin, Germany, and whose theme is ‘Making policy work: Validation of prior learning for education and the labour market’, is to take stock of what has been achieved in terms of policy development and implementation and how to move forward. Specifically, participants will examine six policy areas:


  1. Organisational arrangements
  2. Financing
  3. Procedures and instruments
  4. Support structures
  5. Post-validation pathways
  6. Legal foundations


Experts from around the world will showcase their countries’ best practice, and will contribute to the drafting and adopting of the Berlin Declaration on VPL, which will pave the way for a stronger and more sustainable implementation of VPL.


The event is hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a private foundation based in Germany that works with partners to address societal challenges, and organized by the Biennale Committee, which includes a representative from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Registration is now open: tickets are EUR 195 until 31 December 2018, after which they are EUR 250. Registration closes on 5 April 2019. For more information, visit https://vplbiennale.org/.

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