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Apprenticeship training is a work-based training. Apprenticeship system in the informal economy is the most prevalent way of skills acquisition for poor and marginalized communities. Informal apprenticeships are purely workplace based. A young person learns by observation and imitation from experienced master crafts person, acquires the skills of the trade and is inducted into the culture and networks of the business.
Currently, VETA is implementing two modes of apprenticeship training: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Dual Apprenticeship programme.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
VETA is championing upgrading informal apprenticeship programme through Recognition of Prior Learning Assessment (RPLA) followed by tailor made skills upgrading programmes and finally Certification. The programme is implemented in collaboration with informal and formal enterprises and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process to assess the skills and knowledge of a person regardless of how, when and where the learning occurred against prescribed standards for modular or full qualifications. Learning may have occurred through non-formal or formal training or through life or work experience but never recognized and/or certified. At vocational level, RPL is done to people working at operational or artisanal level.
In a nutshell, implementation of RPL at VETA involves the following steps:
i. An informal apprentice, who meet the criteria applies for RPLA by filling a form;
ii. RPLA facilitator guides the candidate about the RPL procedures; eligibility; competences required for assessment and portfolio development as part of evidence;
iii. Candidates submit the application; VETA assessors screens it and interviews the candidates;
iv. The candidates get prepared for assessment;
v. Candidates get assessed against prescribed standards for the selected qualifications;
vi. VETA organises training for upgrading of apprentices’ skills, (filling the gaps);
vii. Apprentices get examined;
viii. Award of certificates to qualified candidates
Benefits of RPL
i. Provides pathways to formal training for those who missed out or those who previously did not qualify;
ii. Provides opportunity to get better jobs, move to formal economy or qualify to function as a professional;
iii. Provides access to apply for government tenders, which otherwise would not be accessible because of lack of recognition or certificates;
iv. Improves self esteem and respect in business cycle;
v. Promotes equity and social inclusion and flexibility through multiple entry and exit learning mechanisms;
vi. For employers, certified workers improve their business image and qualify businesses for quality assurance certification bodies like TBS and ISO and registration.
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