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ETBI RPL Conference: Mainstreaming RPL in the ETB FET context
On the 8th of December 2021 the ETBI Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) conference ‘Mainstreaming RPL in the ETB FET context’ launched the report: ‘Evaluation of TOBAR – a pilot project in the recognition of prior learning' This project was delivered in partnership with the Irish Defence Forces and 10 ETBs in 2018 and 2019. The recommendations set out in the TOBAR Report show considerable promise in the mainstreaming of RPL across the ETB and FET sector. The conference launched this pivotal report, and showcased the experiences of learners and employers who have participated and engaged with RPL processes.
Contributions from CEDEFOP, SOLAS and QQI focused on validation and policy in the national and international context. A panel discussion with contributors provided an opportunity to expand on the themes discussed.
Siobhan Magee, Further Education Support Service & Fiona Fay, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board
TOBAR Evaluation Report
This report was commissioned as a means of developing and mainstreaming RPL in Further Education and Training (FET). It considers what lessons can be learned from an RPL pilot project delivered in 10 Education and Training Boards in partnership with the Defence Forces during 2018 and 2019. The report’s findings show how RPL can contribute to achieving important goals in supporting inclusion, skills development, and supply, and creating pathways for learners.