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Learning for Life

Newsletter November 2018

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



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3rd Biennale „Validation of Prior Learning“, Berlin, 7th to 8th of May 2019

Speakers from around the globe including Iceland, South Africa, Mexico and South Korea will be presenting good practices on “Making policy work – Validation of Prior Learning for education and the labour market”. Together with policy makers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders involved in further developing and implementing the Validation of Prior Learning, we will draft and adopt the Berlin Declaration on Validation, setting the benchmark for validation systems worldwide. Early bird registration for 195 € is open now until 31st of December 2018. Register here.



3rd VPL Biennale 7 - 8 May 2019, Berlin

We are honored to be hostings of next year’s 3rd VPL Biennale. With the support of Cedefop, and further network partners, we will discuss topics like financing, guidance, legal frameworks, organisational structures, procedures and instruments as well as post-validation pathways in 24 different workshops. more



Apprenticeship training in Italy – a cost-effective model for firms?

If we aim to increase the popularity of the apprenticeship type of training, it is important to provide reliable information to firms about circumstances in which apprenticeship models are a potential win-win-win situation. This will create benefits not only for individuals and the state, but also for the training firms. The report Apprenticeship in Italy – a cost-effective model for firms? analyses what the benefit would be if a Swiss-style apprenticeship model were adopted by companies in Italy. read more



Apprenticeship training in England - a cost-effective model for firms?

What are the costs and benefits of dual apprenticeship training for companies in England? The study looks at five sectors of the English economy and ten different professions. read more


Apprenticeship training in Spain - a cost-effective model for firms?

What are the costs and benefits of dual apprenticeship training for companies in Spain? The study looks at six sectors of the Spanish economy and ten occupations. read more


Competence Cards

The newly developed competence cards are customized to both the immigrants’ and the counselors’ needs. They are flexible, practically-oriented, visualize competences and are compatible with other counseling offices. read more

Self-assessment of professional competences in just 5 minutes!

Millions of refugees and informally qualified workers do not have professional qualifications, but have however already gained extensive professional experience. allows you (or your client) to self-asses your professional competences in 8 (soon to be 30) professions in just five minutes. The self-assessment covers the central activities of a profession for which you can indicate the frequency of performance. The website is available in six languages.  read more



The "Identifying professional competencies" project

The Federal Employment Agency and the Bertelsmann Stiftung joined forces to develop the MYSKILLS test. The test makes professional knowledge visible. It is intended to open up opportunities on the job market for people who, up to now, have found it difficult to provide evidence for skills which they acquired informally or non-formally. In the future, employment agencies and job centres will offer MYSKILLS for 30 professions in six languages. read more



MYSKILLS - Identifying professional competencies

MYSKILLS is suitable for all job seekers who have several years of experience in one of the MYSKILLS professions but who do not have a German professional qualification. In the video you see how MYSKILLS illustrates the professional competences of job seekers and helps them in the fields of qualification and labour market integration. 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


Bertelsmann Stiftung

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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