LEVEL5 in a nutshell

Experts believe that more than 70% of human learning takes place outside formal educational institutions. We learn e.g. at work, during internships, in community networks, in civic, volunteering or in mobility projects.
We can learn best when no one forces us. While learning we develop our competences, i.e. our capacities and potentials to meet challenges and solve concrete tasks. Meeting these challenges, we grow – we are constantly evolving and therefore we hopefully never stop learning.

Communication, teamwork, intercultural and diversity management, autonomy, flexibility and problem solving are some of these competences, but also more complex “key competences” like entrepreneurship or active citizenship cannot be efficiently “taught” in school but are mostly acquired in practical and real life learning situations.

LEVEL5 strives to make these competences visible.

LEVEL5 is based on a three-dimensional model which maps the development of:

  • Knowledge (-> cognitions)
  • Skills (-> actions) and
  • Attitudes (-> emotions and values)

along five quality levels – from beginner to competent expert.

This model forms the basis for the two core LEVEL5 instruments:

The LEVEL5 cube visualises a person’s competence development in a specific (preferably practical) learning field which is described in the so called LEVEL5 reference system.

The LEVEL5 reference systems facilitate the design and planning of informal/non-formal learning and the validation of competences in a specific practical action and learning field.