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Promoting Accreditation of Learning
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Engaging in ongoing professional learning is essential to support VET staff to continuously acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding in their vocational areas. This continuous professional development (CPD) is needed to support quality improvement in teaching and learning and embedding of ICT skills into the curriculum to ensure that learners are "work-ready" and leave equipped with relevant and current skills-sets to meet the needs of employers. Improved learning environments also support a reduction in the number of early leavers and an increase in VET learners gaining qualifications. VET staff in many EU countries must complete CPD activities but reforms are currently underway to review the activities that can be included and how CPD engagement can be captured. Research shows that informal collaboration with peers can be a productive and supportive opportunity for undertaking lifelong long learning but it often goes unrecognised and unaccredited in VET organisations as there are often no systems in place to support staff in knowing how to set up informal learning activities and then to recognise their engagement with their VET "pals". The project activities facilitate the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences achieved through informal learning by VET teachers and managers. The target groups are VET teachers, managers, organisations and policy makers. The project aims to support the professionalisation of VET teachers and managers in VET participants in the UK, Ireland, Hungary, Poland and Lithuania in the the areas of IT, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This will be achieved through the development and testing of a toolkit, framework and tracking tool based on research of existing practice to support them to engage in informal learning learning and allow organisations to capture, assess and accredit informal learning activities aligned to their strategic objectives. will also have the opportunity to have their informal learning acknowledged through the recognition of learning champions as a sustainable and cost-effective contribution to a VET organisation's management of its CPD programme.
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