Knowledge Sharing Event Embedding RPL: Practice and Policy

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Knowledge Sharing Event

Embedding RPL: Practice and Policy



Wednesday, 22nd May 2019



10.00am-15.30 pm



Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway





9:30 Registration – Tea/ Coffee


10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15 Council Recommendation (2012) on the validation of non-formal and informal learning

Overview of progress in Ireland

Andrina Wafer, Qualification and Quality Ireland (QQI)

10:40 Keynote Address:  Envisioning the Future of RPL
Lieve Van Den Brande, European Commission
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Panel – Communities of Practice in Ireland: Short Reflections on the Impact of Practice on Policy and Policy on Practice

ETB Sector:  Practice Shaping Policy – TOBAR

Ciaran Lynch, Cork ETB


A Sectoral Policy Response: Supporting our Farming Community

Carmel Finlay, Teagasc


The Impact of RPL Practice on Talent Development Policy in the Workplace

Ronan Emmett, Boston Scientific


The Impact of RPL Policy on Practice in Higher Education

Dr. David Denieffe, Carlow Institute of Technology on behalf of Higher Education Authority (HEA)


The Impact of RPL Policy on Practice in Further Education and Training (FET)

SOLAS representative (to be confirmed)



The Impact of RPL Policy and Practice for Guidance Practice and Policy in Education

Jennifer McKenzie, National Centre for Guidance in Education


RPL Supporting Industry, Validating Work Practice

Dr. Oran Doherty, Regional Skills Fora


Prior Learning meeting the DEASP

Stephen Fitzgerald, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Questions and Answers from participants and panellists

13:00 Lunch





Participatory Workshops


1.   Tools to Support the RPL Process

Facilitators: Martina Needham, Donegal ETB, Gavin Clinch, Sligo Institute of Technology Sligo and Dr Carina Ginty Galway Mayo Institute of Technology


2.   Quality Assurance underpinning RPL

Facilitator: Anne Higgins, Galway-Roscommon ETB


3.   RPL a Process to Support Skills Policy and Talent Management

Facilitator: Deirdre Goggin, Cork Institute of Technology


4.   Guidance – the Role of Guidance in Supporting RPL Process

Facilitator: to be confirmed

15:15 Closing Remarks




Kevin Henry

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