European Validation Festival

The European Commission informs that the “European Validation Festival” will take place on 14-15 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium at the EGG, Rue Barastraat 175, 1070 Brussels.

The Festival will gather around 250 practitioners, experts, policy makers, and users from the worlds of employment, social partners, adult education and VET, youth, higher education, etc to showcase policies and practices, discuss the shape of validation of informal and non-formal learning in Europe, and reflect on the future.

The Festival is organised during two days in Brussels: The first day is built around an interactive marketplace with spotlight stands on regional, national, sectoral and European practices, as opportunities to meet, discuss, and learn with and from peers. Several thematic seminars will also take place. The second day will be a conference where the floor will be given to policy developers, validation practitioners and other actors.

For any questions, and to share your feedback, please contact: (link sends e-mail). Colleagues are also very happy to discuss directly: Pedro Chaves ( (link sends e-mail), Lieve Van den Brande ( (link sends e-mail),Koen Nomden ( (link sends e-mail) and Carlo Scatoli ( (link sends e-mail)).

Alison Crabb


Head of Unit, Skills and Qualifications

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

European Commission

Rue de Spa, 3

Office 4/009

B-1000 Brussels

Direct tel.: +32 2 295 9223


For any questions and obtain a template : (link sends e-mail)

European Commission

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Unit E.2 – Skills and Qualifications

SPA 3/04

B-1049 Brussels-Belgium

European best practices handbook on the support to young volunteers towards sustainable employment

Read and discover the last handbook of EUROVIP project that support organisations to valorize learning processes for volunteers. You will be able to find volunteering stories that had impact on professional and personal development, examples of volunteering activities that foster learning and recommendations to decision makers in order for them to accept and validate volunteering experience as a learning process and professional development context.

To download the handbook, click here.

How to certify your volunteer experience

Global recognition system is a platform for international volunteers and organizations involved in youth work and international volunteering projects. This project aims to develop a system of certification for non-formal education competences to strengthen the capacity of volunteers and NGOs to evaluate and validate the skills and competencies acquired in this context.

The Global Recognition project was initiated by Joint Associazione in Italy 25 years ago and involve now 35 000 volunteers and 9 countries.

If you want to know more about this project or to learn about yourself with their tools, don’t hesitate to visit the page:


La liberté comme principe fondamental du volontariat

La dernière édition des “Cahiers du Volontariat” créée par la Plateforme francophone du volontariat s’intéresse à la notion de liberté dans les activités bénévoles.

Cette ouvrage tente de rappeler les grands principes du bénévolat tels que la gratuité ou le souci des autres dans un contexte où la liberté d’engagement des volontaires semble être de plus en plus malmenée.

Pour en savoir plus sur le volontariat, se questionner et alimenter les pratiques de chacun :
Les Cahiers du Volontariat n°8

Bonne lecture…et bonne réflexion!

Le volontariat comme tremplin pour l’emploi

S’engager pour être engagé : Le volontariat peut-il être un tremplin pour l’emploi? Telle est la problématique qui guidera la deuxième conférence organisé par le Service Volontaire International le 17 avril 2018 sur le campus de l’ULB.

L’objectif de cette rencontre est de responsabiliser les citoyens et d’engager le débat à propos de la certification des aptitudes acquises lors d’un engagement volontaire et de leurs utilisation dans un but professionnel. Sous forme d’échange et de discussion, les participants pourront développer une réflexion critique sur la question.

En coopération avec l’ULB-Coopération et l’AEAD.

Informations pratiques