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B2-3 Develop partnership working


  • To what extent does the programme meet the needs of a broader range of employers cost-effectively by working with PSRBs to align felxible curricula and RPL with lifelong learning, CPD, workforce development and professional recognition?
  • To what extent can programmes engage more effectively with SMEs by working with PSRBs?
  • To what extent has the programme team engaged with colleges to identify opportunities and barriers relating to RPL?

Good practice

  • The programme team engage and collaborate with employers and PSRBs to:
    • Align programmes with lifelong learning, CPD, work-force planning and recognition agendas.
    • Bring parity of informal/non-formal learning with formal learning.
    • Translate non-formal and informal learning into tangible strategies that make learning through these means visible, appreciated and recognised as comparable with, and integral to, the development of a professional.
    • Establish ways in which qualification frameworks can validate PSRBs credentials and ensure quality assurance by making progression routes transparent and coherent.
    • Establish RPL as an acknowledgment of achievement to motivate PSRB members to enter or gain partial credit towards academic programmes, and where relevant elevate membership status to graduate and/or postgraduate levels.
    • Encourage PSRBs to communicate the benefits of RPL to its members.
    • Explore how RPL can support legislative requirements for a qualified workforce.
  • Curricula are aligned with sector, professional and/or employer body/consortia needs e.g. defined key skills, capabilities, awards and learning outcomes.
  • The programme team engage and collaborate with colleges to identify opportunities for supporting RPL developments.