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AIKO – Anerkennung informell erworbener Kompetenzen

Recognition of informal acquired competences (AIKO)

Funded by:

Ministry of Finance and Economy Baden-Württemberg

The project is furthered within the scope of the professionals- initiative by resources from the Enquiry-Commission “Fit for Life in the Knowledge Society”.

Alliance for Professionals Baden-Württemberg


01.07.2012 – 31.12.2014

 IBP Staff Members involved in the project:

Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer
Kerstin Huber, M.A.


Description of the Project:

In the context of the European Initiative for Lifelong Learning the Enquiry-Commission “Fit for Life in the Knowledge Society – vocational schools, vocational education and further education” of the Baden-Württemberg Landtag has concerned the question how people in the state can continue to develop professionally and personally optimally to prevent, above all, the skilled worker shortage.

Informal learning becomes more important in this context and thereby also the need to document and certificate learning efficiency (competences) of informal learning.

Results of vocational learning can be made visible. Job change and professional carrier planning can be supported.

The planned research- and development purpose intended to work out the need for the recognition of informally acquired competences in the metal- and electrical industry to develop a tool for the recognition of informally acquired competences and to take care of its dissemination.

In the focus of the project are the semi-skilled and unskilled workers and the group of skilled workers. For both target groups should be researched empirically which informally acquired competences influence the employment career most, in a positive and a negative sense.  The aim is to develop an empirically validate structure and approach for the documentation and assessment of informally acquired competences.

This structure should be compatible with the current developments for a European Credit System in the field of vocational education, through the involvement of social partners consensus-oriented and applicable on the employment market.



For the inquiry of the need of informally acquired competences and their importance for the creation of the professional biography, first interviews are conducted with staff from typical fields of activity of the metal industry and electrical industry, with job-returnees and job-seekers as well as with personnel managers, managers, professionals and industrial council.

The interviews should give information about that which competences workforce and job seekers have acquired mainly informally and which importance the missing recognition possibility had and has for this competences in the context of the employment biography.

Vocational education experts, representatives of the social partners IG Metall and the Südwestmetall as well as representatives of the employment agency and the chambers will be included in the evaluation of the investigation afterwards.

The next step will be the development of an instrument for the recognition of informally acquired competences that will fulfill the current state of discussion of competence diagnostic.

Besides, experiences from other European Countries, especially of Switzerland, should be also considered.

Thinkable is, for example, an evaluation questionnaire for the informally acquired competences which base on a grate of potential work tasks in the, already mentioned, fields of activity and which contains different prospects (e.g. self- and external-assessment) on the informally acquired competences in the fields of activity. The solution should be realised as a software-tool to create a wide accessibility and to enable the inclusion of photo video and text documents.

Finally, it is necessary to imbed a possible procedure for the recognition of informally acquired competences socially acceptable in the vocational training landscape in Germany.

For that purpose, the dialog with representatives of different stakeholders which was started in the first project phase will be continued and intensified.

Project Sponsor/ Project Partners:

Agentur Q Beschreibung: http://www.ibp.kit.edu/berufspaedagogik/icon_external_link.gif (Stuttgart) – Project Sponsor
PH Heidelberg: Prof. Dr. Peter Röben  Beschreibung: http://www.ibp.kit.edu/berufspaedagogik/icon_external_link.gif
KIT Institute for Vocational Education and Training


Further Cooperation Partners:

Enterprises from the fields metal- and electrical industry Baden-Württemberg (above all KMU).