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  • July 13, 2010 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    A workplace learning recognition project. Students receive credit towards TRU-OL Business programs for Safeway leadership training program. The presentation will highlight the TRU—OL process for reaching these agreements and provide information for self-assessment for organizations wishing to have in-house training recognized for academic credit.

    Watch Christine Wihak (TRU) and Arlette La Freniere (Safeway) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.


  • July 13, 2010 8:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Internationally educated nurses (IENs) may be required to undergo a competency assessment process for nursing licensure eligibility in BC. The competency assessment known as the Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment is available in the four western provinces in Canada in a bid to aid settlement of IENs in Canada. To assess professional knowledge, skills and abilities, candidates may be required to undertake examinations and practical application in the following areas: general nursing, maternal newborn health nursing, child health nursing, and mental health nursing.

    Watch Lori Shortridge (Kwantlen) and Lynn Cairns (College of Registered Nurses of BC) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.


  • July 13, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Simon Fraser University’s Liberal and Business Studies (LBS) Program is a three-year degree completion program designed for working adults. By recognizing — and indirectly crediting — workplace learning along with other formal or informal post-secondary education, the LBS program can help you achieve your professional and personal goals of a university degree while maintaining full-time life responsibilities.

    Watch Ruth Price (SFU) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.


  • July 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Hospitality employees enter third year of baccalaureate program designed for leaders in the hospitality industry. Partnership has repositioned the role of education and training and fundamentally transformed the role of education and training in the hospitality industry.

    Watch Ken Cretney, General Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre with Sally Gibson of Vancouver Community College present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.


  • June 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Multiple Assessment Pathways (MAP) project is a three-phase research and development initiative of the Industry Training Authority to identify best practices in assessment and supporting standards frameworks to inform the design and piloting of alternative methodologies for assessing challengers seeking certification in a trade.

    Assessment approaches are linked to occupational performance standards. Authentic assessments using a variety of methodologies appropriate to the occupation and the circumstances of the individual being assessed. Partners in this initiative include Propel, TransCDA, and the Canadian Council of directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).

    View the full report from ITA’s website here: http://www.itabc.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=250

    Watch Sandy Steward (Industry Training Authority) present the MAP project at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.


  • June 29, 2010 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Transferable Trades Skills website is a rich resource which includes:

    Build a trades portfolio of prior learning
    Identify skill gaps required to achieve trades certification
    Investigate trades and sector standards
    Full colour skill charts created from National and Provincial apprenticeship standards
    75 trades occupational profiles, 15 industry sectors and over 7000 individual skills cataloged
    All information is securely and conveniently stored on our web based server, accessible to you from any location
    Tested and approved by trades experts as an effective employment assistance tool
    Essential skills component being tested in Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island (To be released spring 2006)

    Click here to visit the site

  • June 29, 2010 9:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    CAPLA’s online community of practice is dedicated to prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).  If you want to find out about PLAR and PLAR services or if you are preparing to have your learning assessed, this community can help you. If you are interested in the practice of PLAR or research into PLAR, the site provides opportunities to share information with colleagues, extend PLAR knowledge, network and develop expertise.

    Click here to visit CAPLA’s Recognition for Learning site

  • June 29, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is involved with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) in an exciting project called “Strengthening the Red Seal.”

    This is a Pan Canadian effort to develop a method for documenting occupational performance standards for skilled trades, which will result in enhanced ability to use multiple forms of assessment to determine the level of skill and knowledge a candidate brings to the table when seeking training or certification.

    Watch the video on the Strengthening the Red Seal website


  • June 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    During the (BC)PLAN Summit 2010, nine presenters showcased successful Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) partnerships currently taking place in BC. (BC)PLAN participants were asked to identify the “Best Practices” principles at work in these thriving partnerships. The following list summarizes their observations.

    Click here to view the full Best Practice Principles Summary


  • May 26, 2010 12:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    On Monday, May 11, 2010, Susan Brown, Jan Carrie, Devron Gaber, Judy Harris (Co-Chair), Linda Long, Norma Strachan, Brian Train, Wendy Watson (Co-Chair), and Christine Wihak met to discuss the following items:

    1. A communications strategy for BCPLAN
    2. Incorporation into a society
    3. Membership
    4. Funding Application – LMP

    1. Communication Strategy: The group discussed the BCPLAN communication strategy proposal, written by Chris Brown, BCPLAN Web Developer, which highlighted how the website can support engagement and help to build a community.

    2. Incorporation: The group agreed to move ahead with revising and finalizing bylaws in order to apply for not-for-profit status this summer.

    3. Membership: The group discussed possible categories of membership and resolved to seek consultation on this from the broader group. The importance to be clear with members what they will receive in return for their membership fees was also brought forward. The fee structure is TBD and will be discussed at future meetings.

    4. Funding Application – LMP: The group decided to move forward with an application to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development’s (ALMD) Labour Market Partnership (LMP) fund. Once BCPLAN is incorporated it will be eligible to apply for this funding. Once a draft application is completed it will be sent to board members for wider consultation before it is submitted to ALMD.


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