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Certificates of competence (Ervaringsbewijzen)

Country of implementation
Belgium
General short description of the innovation
?Ervaringsbewijzen? or ?Certificates of competence? refer to procedures for the validation of skills gained informally, at work, in the education or training system (without being certified), ? They were introduced in Flanders in 2006. Procedures are established for more than 50 professions, in a broad range of sectors (commerce, construction, food industry, health care, clothing industry, life sciences, ? ). Assessments are standardized (making use of job and competence profiles) and assessment centres are designated for each profession. As the number of test centres is limited, not all validations can take place locally.
Target group
Total Populaton
Policy Field
    Type of Policy
    • public
    • publicly mandated to non-state organisation
    Duration of the policy
    Starting year: 2006
    Scope of innovation
    • Scope: structural innovation
    • Spatial coverage: Flemish region
    General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
    Intended objectives: / - to give employed and unemployed people the opportunity to receive a certificate for competences acquired outside the educational system (i.e. on the job), thus making it easier to apply for jobs / - to make it easier for employers to know whether an applicant has the competences required for the job / - to reduce the number of unemployed and hard-to-fill vacancies /
    Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
    • encompassing security
    Type of innovation
    • new policy, practice or measure
    New outputs
    • lifelong learning (new certificates for competences acquired through non-formal or informal learning)
    Clarification of intended mechanisms, outputs and outcomes (optional)
    Test centres have been established for the certification of the competences, related to more than 50 professions. The certificates are recognized by the social partners and therefore it should be easier to match persons and jobs, thus reducing unemployment rates and hard-to-fill vacancies.
    Intended target group
    Employed and unemployed persons
    Working age population
    • care responsibilities (care for children [0-16/16+], for elderly or other family members) (All)
    • educational level (low/medium/high) (All)
    • employment situation (All)
    • family situation (married/separated/single) (All)
    • income level (low/medium/high) (All)
    • main source of income: paid work
    • main source of income: social protection
    Employers-private institutional actors
    all employers should be able to benefit from this policy measure
    Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
    • beneficiaries/users (evaluation)
    • employees (organised or individual) (policy making/implementation)
    • employers (organised or individual) (policy making/implementation)
    • private for-profit organisations (commercial) (implementation)
    • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (implementation)
    • regional government (policy making/evaluation)
    Clarification of the role of various actors
    policy making/evaluation is the role of the regional (Flemish) government and social partners (organized employers and employees) / The implementation is done by private for-profit and not for profit organisations /
    Intended output
    • lifelong learning (certification of acquired competences)
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    Intended objectives: / - to give employed and unemployed people the opportunity to receive a certificate for competences acquired outside the educational system (i.e. on the job), thus making it easier to apply for jobs / - to make it easier for employers to know whether an applicant has the competences required for the job / - to reduce the number of unemployed and hard-to-fill vacancies / / The certification of competences should make matching on the labour market easier/better a.o. through reducing information costs for employers. It should strengthen the position of all jobseekers and can strengthen the position of vulnerable groups without (the right/recognised) diploma?s in particular. /
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