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Muinin-Confidence - Building Institutional Confidence in Work/life learning and Experience RPL EQUAL Ireland
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CONTEXTThe key contextual elements which form the working environment for this project are fivefold:1. The fragmented operation of RPL which is current in the EU2. The lack of standardisation in terms of qualifications for RPL support staff3. The insufficiency of RPL information, guidance and advice, especially for disadvantaged groupsall of which have been detailed in the EU Inventory of Validation of non-formal and informal learning 2014 Executive Summary4. The successful experience by EQUAL Ireland in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, of supporting disadvantaged adults through a Mentor process which has resulted in a significant increase in the practical use of RPL by disadvantaged learners.5. The emergence of this education, labour market and community consortium with exactly the right ingredients and determination to design test and disseminate a new solution to benefit people and organisations engaged in RPL.AIMS AND OBJECTIVESOur overarching purpose is to increase the number of disadvantaged learners successfully using RPL to improve their life chances.We believe this can be achieved through professionalising the supports provided to Disadvantaged Learners in terms of their finding out about RPL, accessing the process and successfully completing it to validation.This project seeks to begin the journey to a more standarised operation and approach for the application of RPL in the EU. With this objective in mind we will, through a process of intense and complex transnational consultations, discussion and decision making: Describe the ideal mentor facilitator in terms of their roles and responsibilities; Identify the competencies required to professionally exercise these functions; Set out the teaching and learning strategies and produce the pedagogic materials needed to impart these skills and knowledge to potential RPL Mentors Develop a really useful accredited Mentor Facilitator ProgrammePARTNERSEQUAL Ireland and TUCEP have particularly strong linkages with the labour market, community organisations and disadvantaged learners and will ensure that these voices will be heard in the development and design of the RPL Mentor Facilitator programme. The Universities of Thessaloníki, Bacau and Girona will provide significant pedagogic weight to the design and development of the RPL Mentor Facilitator as well as their connections with the local and national labour market, communities and disadvantaged learners themselves. he University of Bacau wishes to develop its knowledge and competence of RPL operation for disadvantaged learners in the context of a community or workplace based RPL Mentor Facilitator service. In conclusion, therefore, the project will result in the production of innovative solutions for the recognition and validation of competencies acquired through informal, non-formal and other learning. Disadvantaged learners will be enabled to improve their chances of access to the labour market, progression in the education system and increased life chances. The RPL Mentor Role will have been developed and a flexible blended, high quality programme will be available to them. The project will result in the creating a new role for mentors in the workplace and in the community; it will develop competencies for the role, a blended learning training programme which will be tested through the lifetime of this project, all directly focused on contributing to the relevant horizontal and sectoral priorities of this call for proposals.
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