VITA – 2nd Transnational Meeting in Paris

The second partner meeting took place in Paris in November 2012. In the two-day meeting the preceding stocktaking phase was summarised and the data of the online survey analysed.

The stocktaking phase of the VITA project investigated the demands of different learners’ targets groups and educational sectors with regard to validation of service-related learning outcomes. At the beginning a desk research was carried out to outline the meaning of “service oriented competences”. The partnership agreed to refer to the EUROPASS categories of social, personal and organisational competences (SPOC) that would comprise the competences necessary to cope with the challenges of the “service economy”. Continue reading

VILMA Course and VITA Conference

Impressions event

Latest events were the VILMA course and VITA conference that took place in Reinhausen and Göttingen, respectively.

You can find the documentation of both events here:






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VITA – 1st Transnational Meeting in Vienna

What are the personal, social and organisational competences needed to be successful in the service economy and how can these competences be measured? – This question sums up some of the issues that the partners in the project VITA discussed during their first partner meeting hosted by the Austrian partner, die Berater in Vienna in early March 2012.

In an exercise partners listed some service-related competences they considered important:

  • communication (also: using language in an appropriate way)
  • team building
  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • flexibility
  • collaboration
  • critical reflection
  • leadership
  • networking
  • respect for diversity
  • listening skills
  • multi-tasking
  • negotiation

These rather cross-cutting competences are often learnt in informal contexts, be it in extracurricular activities connected with school education, societal learning (active citizenship) or organisational learning in higher education beyond formalised curricula. Thus the mentioned competences are being developed in a sphere that overlaps all educational sectors: schools, higher education, VET and adult education.

VITA intends to link formal validation approaches based on EQF with evidence of social and personal competence development which are essential in the service sector. For this purpose the project will involve experts from informal and non-formal pioneer projects in any learning domain to ask them about innovative approaches and projects to validate service-related competences. Moreover, comprehensive needs analysis activities will be carried out in order to further investigate the service-related competences and explore existing IT-based systems to validate them.

The project VITA with its work packages and main activities can be visualised as follows:

Further information on the project is available on the website: and will be regularly posted here.