inform logoMeasuring system for non-formal and informal learning with special focus on the requirements of disadvantaged job seekers. 




The INFORM project aims at designing, developing and testing a model which will measure non-formal and informal learning specifically developed for those accessing initial training / education / basic skills within the context of lifelong guidance. It proposes to design and develop a series of tools which will aim to measure in a transparent and credible manner non-formal and informal learning.
For many disadvantaged job seekers accessing labour market opportunities and /or initial training/education and guidance supports, it can be difficult to measure and document the competencies developed through life experience. Organisations working with this target group often have difficulties in identifying and measuring these competencies (developed informally and non-formally) and therefore are unable to build a clear picture of an individuals skills and abilities. These competencies are often transferable into the workplace, into further training and education and can influence guidance practice. 


Results and milestones

  • development of tools for self-assessment
  • INFORM competence-check, web-based measuring instrument for the determinaton and visualisation of daily abilities as learning fields
  • guide for a competence interview that helps finding own competences
  • successful pilot test with 150 participants


The products are available in English, German and Swedish. Hafelekar Consulting was responsible for the elaboration in German and drew up a report regarding formal, non-formal and informal learning.


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Project period 

October 2006 until November 2008 



Ballymun Job Centre - Dublin (Irland)

Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme, Ireland

FAS Community Services Unit, Ireland


Center Spirala, Slovakia

Entente, Great Britain



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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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