The VIC consortium is waiting for you in Thessaloniki on 16th of October, 2019.
The VIC consortium invites you to the final conference of the VIC project. The conference will be hosted by our Greek partner Aristotle University on 16th of October, 2019 at 10.00 AM.
Apart from presenting the main outcomes and lessons learnt in terms of implementing the VIC approach on enhancing and validating integration competences, we will give space and time for discussions, exchanges, workshops, and networking, so that all participants can be part of the conference processes.

On February 4th, 2019, the opening workshop took place in Kassel. It was attended by nine adult eductors who work in different settings with refugees – coaching, language courses, vocational training.

The participants showed a great deal of interest in the project itself and were particulary interested in the general activities of the other VIC partners. Moreover, they were curious to learn more about the new opportunities provided by VIC: the e-learning platform – for some of them the first time they would do e-learning – and the validation of competences – a new concept for all of them.

In addition to this workshop, other workshops took place in Bonn carried out with trainers of DVV, and in Göttingen carried out with trainers of BUPNET.


The pilot phase was launched in Greece, France and Italy with national workshops, wheras in Germany and Austria, the opening workshops will be held in January 2019.

Each VIC partner will involve ten or more adult educators that will take part in the national workshops and in the subsequent e-learning phase. They will then implement their newly acquired knowledge in national learning projects that will involve refugees and migrants. The purpose of the piloting phase is to verifiy whether the VIC approach and blended learning course actually support the adult educators to plan, deliver and evaluate innovative integration learning activities and eventually to validate the integration competences developed in these learning offers.

The piloting phase will be documented by means of national reports that each partner will set up on the basis of the feedback gathered from the involved participants.

The VIC blended learning course is now available. It consists of: national workshops in each partner country, e-learning modules, and piloting phase. The e-learning course aims to introduce our concept and to support adult educators to plan, deliver and evaluate innovative integration learning activities and eventually to validate the integration competences developed in these learning offers.
The four learning modules provide a combination of theoretical input, learning activities and a variety of examples and practical tips on how to implement the VIC-approach in the daily work with your learners.

If you are interested to take part in the blended learning course, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the partner institutions

The German partners, DVV and BUPNET, were invited to provide a workshop in the framework of the conference entitled Angekommen in Deutschland – was nun? (please find the documentation in German here) organised by the German NA.

After a short introduction into the project, Sabine and Beater presented the concept of “integration” and the different competencies associated with it. The aim is to evaluate and visualise these competences using the LEVEL5 validation system. This has already been developed in various previous projects. The participants were given an overview of the LEVEL5 reference system and its application in the VIC project. Then all participants were given the task to firstly assess themselves in terms of their knowledge, skills and attitudes using the reference system for the competence “Intercultural Communication”. This self-assessment was then jointly evaluated and discussed – with the participants finally agreeing that a well-founded self-assessment is indeed difficult, but at the same time helpful and valuable.

In October the VIC team met in Padova to finalise the training offer and to plan the national pilots.

The piloting period will be inaugurated with national workshops organised by the partner organisations. These workshops will serve to introduce the VIC idea and the approach, on the one hand, and to demonstrate the e-learning platform and some practical activities, on the other hand. The e-learning modules are available in English, French, Italien, and German. The Greek participants will work on the English version of the platform. Greek will be made available in summer 2019.

If you are interested in participating in one of the workshops, please contact the partner organisation of your country.

If you are interested in taking part in the training course, please register here.

In May, the German National Agency invited the VIC team to contribute with an article to the EPALE’s thematic focus for June “Assessing adults’ skills”. The article highlights major findings from the first research phase, gives an overview of the envisaged training course for adult educators, and explains the guiding principle for the further development work.
You can find our article here.


On 10./11. of April, the VIC partners met in Vienna and started developing the competence framework based on LEVEL5 for assessing and validating refugees’ competences related to the integration process.

According to the idea that all citizens shall be equipped with a number of competences to be able to live peacefully together in a diverse society the VIC partners set up a repository of competences.

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