TRANSVAL-EU is based on a paradox. On the one hand, employers place an increasing importance on transversal skills. Yet on the other hand, transversal skills are only an implicit part of the validation and guidance processes. There is a need to make the validation processes of transversal skills acquired in non-formal and informal settings explicit and to embed the lessons learned in validation and guidance policies.

What TRANSVAL-EU proposes is to experiment innovative approaches for the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) of transversal skills in five pilot countries (Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Belgium). Taking stock of EU policies (2012 Council recommendation on VNFIL, Upskilling pathways, new Skills agenda), frameworks (ET2020, ESCO, Key competences) as well as various reports and studies who helped in identifying key challenges at EU and national levels (Cedefop 2018 EU Inventory on VNFIL, ET2020 Monitor), TRANSVAL-EU aims to tackle those challenges by professionalising validation and guidance practitioners, bridging the various sectors and stakeholders of education and employment and monitoring and evaluating the experimentation’s outcomes and impact on practitioners and socio-economically disadvantaged adults.

The project partners will develop and test an offer of training toolkits, curricula/programmes, standardised competence profiles for validation and guidance practitioners with a specific focus on transversal skills and test the systematic embedding of transversal skills in validation and guidance processes by these trained practitioners on the individual candidates.TRANSVAL-EU intends to be one of the largest European policy experiments on VNFIL with the objectives of sharing lessons learned and good practices using peer learning which may be adopted by diverse validation centres, in different regions and countries, hence ensuring a long-lasting policy impact.


Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research through Austria´s Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD), Austria – Coordinator

Consortium for the validation of competences (CVDC), Belgium

Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre (KPMPC), Lithuania

Regional Agency for Active Labour Policies of Umbria (ARPAL), Italy

Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP), Belgium

European Institute of Education and Social Policy (EIESP), France

Educational Research Institute (IBE), Poland

3s research laboratory (3s), Austria

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL), Denmark

Lithuanian education and science trade union (LESTU), Lithuania


FORMA.Azione, Italy

Pluriversum, Italy

Chamber of Labour for Salzburg (AK Salzburg), Austria

Austrian Institute for Vocational Education Research (öibf), Austria

Associate partners

European Association of Institutions in Higher Education – Eurashe (Belgium)

Solidar Foundation (Belgium)

European Forum for Freedom in Education – Effe (Belgium)

Centre Européen du Volontariat asbl – CEV (Belgium)

European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA (Belgium)

EKCV (The Netherlands)

Insight (Poland)

Dafni Kek (Greece)