Helping senior adult educators to validate their competences.

The Flexi-Path Toolkit will be launched at the ‘Senior Adult Educators – Recognising their competences’ conference in Bonn, Germany on the 20th September 2010.

The toolkit and conference mark the culmination of two years of work by the ECA and its European partners on the Flexi-Path project. The project, which is funded by the European Commission, has focused on developing a systematic approach to analysing and validating senior adult educators’ competence profiles at EQF Level 6 and 7. The resulting toolkit will help users to construct a professional portfolio of competences gained throughout their career.

The conference is aimed at potential stakeholders of competence validation instruments in the adult education field, mainly adult educators with substantial experience and normally employed at a management/ leadership level, or professionals who aspire to a position in an adult education context but also employers, trade union representatives, master programme managers and NGO representatives.

The event will provide a chance to discuss the importance of giving adequate recognition of senior adult educators’ skills and competences by means of innovative and effective validation instruments. It will also consider the challenges and possible action lines for portfolio building and competence validation for professional adult educators.

ECA Chair & CEO along with ECA Flexi-Path Researchers Trish Kreft and Karen Read were the main authors of the toolkit. Bernard and Trish will both be speaking at the Bonn event.

Of the toolkit launch Bernard Godding says “We’ve had wonderful feedback from people who have seen drafts of this document and I am excited about putting it fully into the public domain where I hope it will be used by workers in this country and across Europe. As the Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults says ‘for far too long the high level of skills of our practitioners have gone unnoticed and undervalued and I hope using this toolkit will help to redress this situation’”

The event will be conducted in English and is free to attend. For more details and booking information please visit our conferences page by clicking here.

Date Added: August 20th 2010