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Learning for Life

Newsletter May 2019

The newsletter informs about the activities of the Bertelsmann Stiftung to improve education and training opportunities for young people and adults.



Position Paper

”Berlin Declaration on Validation of Prior Learning” adopted at 3rd VPL Biennale

On 7th and 8th of May, practitioners, experts, stakeholders and policy makers involved in Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) came together in Berlin for their third biannual meeting. The 300 participants coming from 40 countries exchanged good practices, discussed VPL policies and worked together to shape and adopt the Berlin Declaration. It formulates an international benchmark for robust and effective VPL-systems. The Berlin Declaration addresses policy makers and defines standards in six policy fields from organisational arrangements, financing and instruments and procedures, to support structures, post-validation pathways and legal foundations. Read more and share.



The 3rd global VPL-Prize goes to best practices from Norway, Germany and Italy

At the 3rd Biennale on Validation of Prior Learning, an international jury awarded the VPL-Prize in the categories Products, Procedures and Policies. The competition counted 32 submissions from 20 countries of 4 continents. The winners show how to establish a branch-wide competence vocabulary (Norway), how to use validation for the integration of refugees (Germany) and how to create a common standard among validation practitioners (Italy). read more



New Website and Video online

More than four million gainfully employed people in Germany share the problem that they have no proof of their skills – they are considered formally low-qualified. In order to make these skills visible, we have developed a variety of instruments, which we present to you on our new website. There you will find information on Competence Cards, Career Cards, and MYSKILLS. Have a look! read more


Social Media

We would like to invite you to communicate with us. Our Blog and Facebook pages (in German) include up-to-date information, summaries and opinions about our work. Take the opportunity to comment and get in touch with us! We look forward to hearing from you.


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Frank Frick


Program Learning for Life


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The Bertelsmann Stiftung, based in Gütersloh, Germany, is an nonprofit, private

operating foundation in accordance with Section 1 of North Rhine-Westphalia's Foundation Law.

The district government of Detmold serves as its supervisory authority.

Founder: Reinhard Mohn

Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner J. Bauer

Executive Board: Dr. Ralph Heck (Chairman-Designate), Liz Mohn (Vice Chairwoman), Dr. Jörg Dräger, Dr. Brigitte Mohn