A national project on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
QQI is participating in VISKA, Visible Skills of Adults, an Erasmus+ Key Action 3 Policy Experimentation and Innovation project in collaboration with partners in Norway, Iceland and Belgium, Flanders. See our information leaflet.
The project examines some impacts for policy at national and EU level as it makes the skills of people who have low levels of qualifications visible through RPL processes in the context of field trials in three countries. Client groups include people who may be unemployed or have experienced disadvantage, be migrants or refugees. The consortia are exploring many questions, for example, if RPL is more holistic and looks at transversal rather than just specific skills, will it improve progression outcomes for people and if so, how, under what conditions, and what are the implications for policy?
The VISKA project has recently published an Interim Findings Report (Read more) based on initial data collected through the field trials in three partner countries and applied to the current processes for the validation of prior learning. Irish practitioners tested the EU Skills Profiling Tool with third country nationals through the work of four Education and Training Boards and one Community Education Centre- our sincere thanks to Donegal ETB, LMETB, MSLETB, GRETB and Warrenmount Community Education Centre for leading this work. Focused on five interventions, the project team is learning about how the field trials in RPL in different contexts can contribute to the broader policy agenda. The interventions include deepening and extending networks, extending or adapting tools, creating common criteria for the documentation and assessment of transversal skills, training and capacity building with front line staff and guidance counsellors, and improving access to and awareness of RPL and support among specific beneficiary groups.
The project work continues to be reflected on by the National Advisory Group (NAG) and by policy and practitioner workshops. The NAG includes representatives from the Department of Education and Skills, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, NALA, Aontas, the National Centre for Guidance in Education, ETBs, SOLAS and ETBI.
Camilla Alfsen from Skills Norway, the project lead, presented the VISKA project at the VPL Biennale in Berlin, May 2019.CIT as the research partner for VISKA completed the Literature Review and Country Needs Analysis, an overview of the current discourse of RPL (VPL within the project) at EU level and provided a basis for consideration of principles for RPL within each of the four countries. A detailed ‘as is’ was completed for each country, which for Ireland looking back, now underlines progress in the implementation of RPL in VET. The study reveals a preliminary insight into potential policy impacts for the planned work under VISKA. Read more.
VISKA has also developed thinking towards a means to identify and assess transversal skills in a validation process for people who have low levels of qualifications. These were tested during field trials in Norway, Belgium-Flanders and Iceland. Read more.
Countries are now beginning to present learning from field trials at national level. The project concludes in March 2020, with the final dissemination event in Brussels on 12 February 2020. Read more
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