January 25, 2023
On December 15th the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) team met in Halifax with stakeholders from phase 1 of the 18-month project. Stakeholders included individuals working uncertified in the trades, NEOS, representatives from provincial post-secondary institutions, representatives from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, and elders.
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a pathway for adult learners to receive validation for previous, often informal learning. Mi'kmaw individuals who are working as uncertified tradespeople may have learned their trades skills from family, friends or on job sites. RPL may help them achieve trade certification without spending unnecessary time and money relearning what they already know. The Recognition of Prior Learning can improve access to learning pathways, particularly for students from social backgrounds that are underrepresented in post- secondary education and training, and RPL also promotes lifelong learning.
The stakeholder meeting participants enjoyed a day of lively discussion, information and brainstorming solutions for individuals to overcome barriers to trade certification.