A skills audit is a process aimed at identifying and analysing the knowledge, skills and competences of an individual, including his or her aptitudes and motivations in order to define a career project and/or plan a professional reorientation or training project; the aim of a skills audit is to help the individual analyse his/her career background, to self-assess his/her position in the labour environment and to plan a career pathway, or in some cases to prepare for the validation of non-formal or informal learning outcomes. Nevertheless, as previous researches and projects evidence, the relationship between validation and skills audits is not always clear to stakeholders and the level of integration between validation and skills audits varies, depending on the type of audit.
The aim of ASSESS PLUS is to support Skills Audits in adult education through innovative digital tools and products to make available skills identification and screening, including the validation of skills acquired through informal and non-formal learning, and facilitate the progress of low-skilled and disadvantaged adults towards higher qualifications.
To do so, seven European adult education providers, experts in skills assessment and validation and in digital solutions applied to training and employment from six countries, France, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Bulgaria and Greece, will work together to co-create a set of innovative tools and digital solutions, including:
- a European Framework of Competences in Skills Audits for Adult Education (IO1)
- an ASSESS PLUS Virtual CAMPUS (IO2), that Includes the following Open Educational Resources: (i) an Online Instructional Guide on Digital Competencies for Virtual Learning; (ii) a set of structured Training Modules (iii) VET Open Online Courses (VOOC)
- a Mobile Assessment App for Skills Audits (IO3)
- a Guidelines to promote transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications through Skills Audits in Adult Education (IO4)