The municipality of Botkyrka has been working on a validation programme since 2001. The programme is for people within the municipality and surrounding municipalities. The programme is funded by the state and the municipality and is free of charge to the individual. This validation programme has been permanent since 2006. Before that (2001-2005) validation was performed on a project basis. The validation models used today are based on the national guidelines for validation. Some of the positive outcomes of the validation process are: ¥ The individual gets an up-to-date documentation of his or her real competences; ¥ The individual has a point of contact to refer to concerning issues of employment; ¥ The individual acquires new ideas regarding further study possibilities in order to increase his or her chances of employment; ¥ Validation facilitates new career paths; and ¥ Validation allows for the possibility of shortening the length of the study path. The validation performed is based on the national validation model (e.g. according to the model presented at: www.valideringsinfo.se/motorbranschmodellen) regarding process, documentation, feedback and final results. The quality of the work is monitored and quality assured in cooperation with industry associations, through regular reports. The work is structured according to a well defined model including follow-ups and evaluations. The actual validation is carried out by teams to ensure objective judgements. Validations are performed by different local enterprises or municipality organisations with specially trained staff. Validations are requested by the regional office of the Swedish employment service, the neighbouring municipalities, the local adult education and other municipal units. The positive results of BotkyrkaÕs work are evidenced by the fact that the National Swedish Employment Service has prolonged the contract with the municipality for validation delivery within a number of trades.
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