The ASPIRE project, which finishes at the end of October 2011, has been investigating how informal / non-formal learning (through performing and visual arts, media, production and design) provide a bridge from educational and economic exclusion to inclusion, learning and employment in the European cultural industries.However, it is not easy to measure learning through traditional educational approaches in these industries, where some learning provided in non-formal settings is externally validated – but much of it is not.

Funded by the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme, ASPIRE focuses on trainers in the sector – and has been developing and testing a common European solution to recognise competences and qualifications gained through non-formal settings, to provide a framework that can be used throughout Europe.

For more information on the latest developments from the project – including details of our conference on the 10th October – and to access the results through participating in a survey – visit