4th my-VITA award for innovative practice and initiatives on validating competences in informal and non-formal learning in Europe

We are a group of partners working together in EU projects dealing with competence oriented learning and validation. We have collaborated for more than 10 years and developed the LEVEL5 system for the validation of competences acquired outside or parallel to formal education under specific consideration of social, personal and organisational competences.

We are happy to announce our fourth European award "La VITA è bella!".
We are looking for projects and activities in all educational fields (from school to higher education, vocational training, adult learning, youth, volunteering and mobility projects etc.) that promote the development of competences in a holistic way and include practical cases on how learning outcomes and competence developments within this specific competence area can be assessed and evidenced also beyond the walls of formal education.

Hence the VITA-prize is an award given to the most innovative and promising European initiatives and projects that

  • work in an innovative and novel fashion;
  • focus on integrating competence oriented learning in their learning contexts;
  • target also social, personal and organisational competences;
  • reflect on/consider ways of measuring and documenting learner’s development in relation to these competences;
  • promote understanding and awareness for the evaluation / validation of informal and non-formal learning and highlight its value either for the individual (whose competences were validated) or for the organisation (who validates competences)

The winners will be invited to present their project at the 8th REVEAL conference which will be held on November 15th 2018, in the beautiful watercastle in Alden Biesen, Belgium.

For our fourth edition of the award we would be specifically keen on practice projects that work with KA1 projects for continuing professional development of educational professionals in Europe.

Hence if you are an organisation which has won a grant for a KA1 project with an innovative CPD concept and European development plan, or if you are a course organiser who offers innovative CPD courses or if you are a team of professional staff members who joined for an excellent internal CPD project – don’t miss the chance to apply for the my-VITA award!

Who can participate?

The competition is targeted towards individuals, companies, training funds, professional groups, NGOs, VET schools, schools, universities, youth organisations, public authorities, institutions of LLL, civic society organisations, social partners, professionals and researchers.

Participants must live in one of the following countries:
28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey as well as the Balkan countries.

How to participate?

Ongoing or completed, existing or planned case studies, initiatives or projects can enter the competition.
For this purpose, proceed as follows:

The six steps to Alden Biesen:

  1. read the info on this page
  2. click on submit to land on the submission page
  3. fill in sheet (for information purposes, please find a preview of the submission sheet here)
  4. if applicable, upload file
  5. submit
  6. maybe win?

Please read carefully our FAQ section

When is the closing date?

The competition entries are to be presented by October 31st, 2018.

And the award goes to…

The contributions will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Original solutions to non-formal and informal learning problems and needs
  • Validation: The way learning outcomes are assessed and evidenced
  • Impact: Potential and actual effect on participants, learning context and the society in general
  • Sustainability: Continuation of this innovation
  • Transferability: Potential use of the innovation in other contexts
  • Sub-project criteria as mentioned above

The jury will select two projects per category: adult education, schools, VET, higher education, Youth in Action.

Award ceremony in Alden Biesen, Belgium

The winners will be invited to present their project at the 8th REVEAL conference on November 15th, 2018, in Alden Biesen, Belgium.

The prize includes travel, accommodation and subsistence for a 2-day trip to ALden Biesen. All winners will get the opportunity to present their cases during the final conference and will benefit from a European wide dissemination in a specific newsletter and on our REVEAL website.

We are looking forward to your contributions and wish you the best of luck!

Your Award team

Who are the organisers?

Our 8th European conference will be organised by REVEAL.

REVEAL is a European Educational Network for Competence Oriented Learning and Validation.

It has been developed since 2005 and currently consists of institutions and individuals from 27 European States, including universities, European umbrella organisations, educational institutions, schools, vocational training institutions and various non-governmental organisations from different sectors.

REVEAL is also the name of an ERASMUS+ project; the acronyme stands for “Reconstructing an Environment for continuing professional development and Validation for Educators in Adult Learning”. It helps us to mainstream our approaches and instruments and to set up a quality approach and professionalisation approach for adult educationalists all over Europe.

The REVEAL project focuses on Erasmus+ KA1 courses for Adult Educators. It seeks to make the European course offers visible and comparable in the neutral EQF system (European Qualification Framework). At the same time the project provides an attractive marketing system for these courses.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication 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.