Tradesmen complete training
Last week the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports the Hon. Lovitta Foggo JP MP presented completion certificates to some of the 15 individuals who recently finished their Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) professional development training.
Participants representing the Automotive, Electrical and Landscape industries, the Occupational Advisory Committee, the Industry Assessment Panel, and staff from the Department of Workforce Development completed the PLAR training and have now received Certificates as PLAR assessors to support National Certification. The training session, which was sponsored by the Department of Workforce Development, was led by Dr. Charles Joyner and Mr. Mark Allison Gallupe from the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA). As a part of their training, participants learned methods for assessing individuals based on their informal learning, prior experience and on-the-job training.
As a result of the training that they received over the summer, these individuals now serve as Industry Assessment Panel (IAP) committee members, assisting tradesmen in obtaining national certification in their designated occupations, through a series of assessments.
“This process creates a pathway for persons to obtain National Certification based on their work experience, demonstration and job portfolios,” explained Minister Foggo. “Recognizing skills and competencies is a priority for the Department of Workforce Development and the National Certification process. Our future prosperity depends upon our ability to assess and recognize the learning of all our Tradesmen.
“Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a philosophy with immense value for those who work with tradesmen. The main principle is that everyone has knowledge and skills that can, and should, be recognized. We can help tradesmen identify and prove their learning by using reliable tools and supportive systems that take into account their unique needs. Whether transferring academic credits, seeking completion of a formal diploma or submitting workplace competencies to employers for recognition, the use of quality RPL tools, systems and policies can make it happen for them.”
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