Nefiks is the leading system for recording non-formal and informally acquired knowledge in Slovenia, enabling young people to systematically gather all non-formal and organization-validated competencies in one place.
The idea of Nefiks as a tool for recording (and subsequently recognizing) non-formally acquired knowledge originated from Jože Gornik and Rafo Pinosa as a partner project of the youth organization Društvo mladinski ceh and the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth, and is now operated under the auspices of Zavod Nefiks.
As part of the Nefiks employment solutions project, e-NEFIKS was upgraded to a platform for connecting young people and employers. This means that young people can now allow employers to view their competencies in the system, and employers can choose from among them. We invite all interested employers to contact us at email@example.com.
The idea of recording knowledge grew out of the awareness that:
- young people learn in various life situations,
- they acquire valuable life experiences (competencies) in the process,
- these competencies are flexibly transferable (to employment, further education, recognition of experience, etc.).
Therefore, it is essential to:
- record this knowledge (competencies) in a way that is suitable for both further education and employment needs.
Thus, a system was established that:
- systematically, meaningfully, and precisely records and documents a young individual's competencies in one place - it also allows for creating Europass CVs;
- follows trends at the EU level (Europass, Youthpass) and at home (rules for recognizing informally acquired knowledge at universities);
- is respected and valued both domestically (the University of Ljubljana recommended it as a possible tool for recognizing informally acquired knowledge) and internationally (the Flemish Oskar system for recognizing informal knowledge is based on Nefiks' findings);
- and is sensibly upgraded in line with the latest theoretical insights and needs in the labor market and education.
From an individual's perspective, it is:
- easy to use, and the electronic version is freely accessible to all;
- motivating for a young person to learn, engage, and develop new competencies continually;
- provides a comprehensive overview of one's competencies, thus enabling career planning - educational vocational career guidance, personal growth;
- represents a tool that helps a young person describe and assess the value of their knowledge.
The index was created according to the Scandinavian model and was adapted and implemented into the Slovenian youth space based on the analysis and experience of the developers. At the national level, there is still no comparable tool that can present all individual's non-formally acquired knowledge so comprehensively.
The index is divided into six thematic areas:
- Acquiring knowledge through active citizenship and responsible work on projects
- Acquiring knowledge through work (work through student services)
- Acquiring knowledge in organized forms of education (courses and seminars)
- Acquiring knowledge at camps and through voluntary work
- Acquiring knowledge in international activities (youth exchanges, volunteering abroad …)
- Acquiring knowledge through other activities (hobbies and interests)
There are two different versions:
- The Nefiks booklet
- E-Nefiks, which is freely available to all users at www.nefiks.si and includes over 16,000 users.
When we record an activity, it is confirmed by the education provider or employer. In the booklet, this is confirmed with a stamp and signature, while in electronic form it is an electronic confirmation that includes the official email, contact person and the IP address of the device on which the entry was confirmed.
When entering activities, it is particularly important to make an effort to describe the acquired competences appropriately, as this is what employers are most interested in. They are not so interested in what an individual did - although this can also be interesting - but rather what someone can actually do as a result of that experience!
Individuals or organizations can enter information into the electronic version of Nefiks. Both must first register on the website www.nefiks.si. Once the general information is completed, it is necessary to select one of the six categories for entry and complete the form. Individuals send it for approval to their employer or activity provider, while an organization that entered the activity enters the email addresses of all those who attended the activity, and they must accept the entry. Organisations can enter activities for all participants, even if they are not yet registered in E-Nefiks.