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Carmel begins by asking whether a farmer needs a qualification, and observes the strength of farming heritage and frequently tacit learning that can contribute to RPL processes nationally. Credentials and future proofing for competitiveness, sustainability, food security and environmental care are central to many ‘Young Farmers’ and maturing farmers concerns, not simply to access Revenue […]

Stephen sets out a vision whereby a person’s engagement with DEASP might link better to RPL services through improved purposing and connectivity of data, but also through the ongoing training of staff. Linking this both to the Recommendation and CEDEFOP Guidelines for the professionalisation of services, he advocates for the inclusion of DEASP in the […]

Carlow Institute of Technology on behalf of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), The Impact of RPL Policy on Practice in Higher Education Topic: David rapidly outlines the development of national RPL policy in publicly funded higher education against practice and implementation over a seven-year period. He illustrates the power of RPL to engage and impact […]

Oran speaks to successful work based learning partnerships, situating RPL as a core component in this relationship. Giving insights not only on the needs of the person juggling new learning, meeting the same high standards in employment and family responsibilities, Oran identifies key challenges in working with increasingly competitive and ambitious employers. Trust, partnership, communications […]

Justin commends the inclusive nature of pedagogy in FET over decades, noting that in the recently signed individual Performance Agreements between SOLAS and ETBs, that each ETB has named RPL as a significant aspect of future planning. Within SOLAS thinking for the new FET Strategy 2020-24, three components- Skills Development, Lifelong Learning and Upskilling for […]

Topic: Andrina reflects on national progress in implementing the Recommendation, and the gift of our service in shortening the gaps to qualifications, making learning pathways more effective and richer. A range of national policies which value both inclusion and advancement in employment contexts married with dynamic organic practice at regional level, reveal incremental progress. Click […]

Dr Lieve Van Den Brande, European Commission: Validation in Europe: Where are we? What Next? Topic: Lieve reflects on how the objective of the 2012 Recommendation, to make learning visible and valued, wherever achieved, has been achieved across Europe. Progress and challenges are summarised. Both immediately, practically and in the longer term. Essential viewing to […]