VISKA - Making Learning Visible
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 /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?
In May 2018, CIT as the research partner for VISKA competed 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, now looking back, reveals progress even since VISKA began. The study reveals a preliminary insight into potential policy impacts for the planned work under VISKA. Read more.
VISKA has also developed a briefing paper describing a common understanding within the partnership regarding a definition of transversal skills. Currently we are working to develop a means to identify and assess transversal skills in a validation process for people who have low levels of qualifications. These will be tested during field trials in Norway, Belgium, Flanders and Iceland. Read more.
Field trials begin in Autumn. VISKA is also working on tools such as the EU Skills Profiling Tool, and on QA measures for VPL services, and CPD modules for VPL practitioners. Inputs have been sought from a range of practitioners and policy makers. These will be discussed further by the National Advisory Group (NAG) in Autumn. 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.
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