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Euro-Aspire ran from November 2009 to October 2011 and developed an innovative European competency framework for trainers using creative expression in informal and non-formal learning environments.

The project investigated how informal / non-formal learning – through the performing and visual arts, media, production and design – provided a bridge from educational and economic exclusion to inclusion, new learning and employment in the European creative/cultural industries.

Discussions between partners of Euro-Aspire highlighted excellent scope for increased impact by transferring & building on best practice in this field. Several aspects of creative informal and non-formal learning promoted enterprise and innovation within the arts/creative industries.  However, it was not easy to measure learning through traditional educational approaches in these industries. Organisations in this sector typically provided structured learning in a non-formal setting, some of which was externally validated – but much of it was not.

The project explored these factors to develop a common European solution recognising competences and qualifications gained through informal and non-formal settings, and to provide a framework that could be used throughout Europe.

The core results from the project were:
• A body of research into the characteristics of learning and training programmes in the creative/cultural sector, which motivate learners who are excluded or disinterested in formal learning pathways;

• Training methodologies identified and published, for creative pathways from informal and non-formal learning to accredited learning and formal education;

• An action learning network of managers / trainers working in the sector to identify common competences;

• The identification of validation methodologies from creative industry employers. The project allowed us to validate the skills of trainers in Europe’s informal and non-formal learning sector in the creative industries, to better support previously disengaged learners.

Click here for an animated explanation of  the framework and to complete our survey

Click here to view the project’s final report: December 2011

Click here to view e-Aspire news: August 2011 – Issue 1

Click here to view e-Aspire news: September 2011 – Issue 2

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