RPL Knowledge Sharing event Programme 22 May 2019


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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 

 Tickets available at Embedding RPL in Practice and Policy 2019 



Page Break 

9.30   RegistrationTea/ 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 For 


  Prior Learning meeting the DEASP 

Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection 


1.00   Lunch 




Participatory Workshops 


  1. Tools to Support the RPL Process 

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


  1. Quality Assurance underpinning RPL   

Facilitator: Anne Higgins, Galway-Roscommon ETB 


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

Facilitator: Deirdre Goggin, Cork Institute of Technology 


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

Facilitator: to be confirmed 

3.15  Closing Remarks 












Kevin Henry

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