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Skills and competences acquired in civil society organisations – how to recognise and value them in the labour market'

PROGRAMME

09:00 - 10:00 | Registration of participants

10:00 - 10:30 | Inaugural session

                           Welcome

  • Adam Lipiński – Government Representative for Civil Society, Vice-President of the Public Interest Committee
  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk – Director of the National Institute of Freedom – Centre for the Development of Civil Society
  • Krzysztof Pater – President of the EESC Labour Market Observatory

Introduction to the discussion

  • Prof. Piotr Gliński – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Culture and National Heritage, President of the Public Interest Committee

10:30 - 12:15 | Session 1: European and national qualifications framework – past experiences and future prospects

Moderator: Denis Meynent - Member of the EESC (Group II - Workers), General Confederation of Labour, France

  • Koen Nomden – Team Leader on Transparency and Recognition, Unit on Skills and Qualifications, DG EMPL, European Commission – The European qualification framework: achievements and future avenues
  • Anna Wolska – Deputy Director for Integrated Qualification System, Institute for Educational Research - Integrated Qualification System – achievements and prospects for the future
  • Ernesto Villalba-Garcia – Expert, CEDEFOP (European Center for the Development of Vocational Training) – Validation of non-formal and informal learning in Europe
  • Marzena Kacprowicz – Project Coordinator, GOOD NET Foundation – Recognition of soft competences acquired in informal and non-formal educational contexts - LEVER model tested in 6 EU countries
  • Dr hab Wojciech Knieć – Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Institute of Sociology - Skills and qualifications acquired in rural NGOs – Specificities, differences and similarities in terms of comparison with urban environments

Discussion and answers by panellists

12:15 – 13:15 | LUNCH

13:15 – 15:15 | Session 2 – Civil society organisations - an important place to acquire skills and competences

Moderator: Kinga Joo – EESC Member, Group III - Diversity Europe, National Large Families Association, Hungary

  • Joanna Pankowska – Vice President, Lifelong Learning Platform – Acquiring skills in non-formal education – model of civil society organizations
  • Ewa Smuk Stratenwerth – Chairman of the Board, Ecological People's University – Vocational education at the People's Universities
  • Pavel Trantina – Member of the EESC and Vice-President of EESC's Diversity Europe Group, Expert in validation – Recognition of skills acquired in the youth organisations in the Czech Republic
  • Barbara Surdykowska – Expert, Solidarność Trade Union – Trade union as a place for acquiring social skills and competences
  • Piotr Kowalski – Coordinator of the WIDEOTŁUMACZ.PL project, Łódź Branch, Polish Association of the Deaf – Polish Association of the Deaf as an entity developing competences and as a place where they can be used
  • Dr Andrzej Stępnikowski – Deputy Director of the Team for Vocational Education and Social Issues Polish Craft Association, member of the Governing Board of Cedefop – Polish Craft Association in the Integrated Qualification System
  • Joanna Skupińska – Member of the Main Headquarters of the Polish Scouting Association – The Way of the Polish Scouting Association to the status of a Certifying Authority in the Integrated Qualification System

Discussion and answers by panellists

15:15 – 16:15 | Session 3: Qualifications obtained through the process of non-formal and informal learning – are they needed on the labour market?

Moderator: Karin Ekenger – EESC Member (Group I - Employers), Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Sweden

  • Marek Olszewski – Starost of Toruń – Importance of qualifications acquired outside the formal education system from the perspective of self-government as an employer
  • Michał Kapczuk – Co-founder and President of the Management Board of HIGHER Sp. z o.o. – The importance of soft competences in the recruitment process - how to connect an employee's DNA with the employer's DNA - experience from the recruitment process
  • Iwona Gmaj, Expert, The Qualifications System Team,  Educational Research Institute - Validation is not just an exam. How to make use of the portfolio method and more

Discussion and answers by panellists

16:15 – 16:30 | Summary

  • Wojciech Kaczmarczyk – Director of the National Institute of Freedom – Centre for the Development of Civil Society
  • Krzysztof Pater – President of the Labour Market Observatory of the European Economic and Social Committee

Interpreting: Participants can speak in and listen to English, French and Polish

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For any further information, please contact Ana [dot] Dumitracheateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu

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