• 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:

    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.

  • May 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    A new study finds evaluating learning from life experience and work for academic credit significantly contributes to students’ progress toward a degree.

    Click here to view the full release

  • May 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    We would like to thank everyone who participated at the inaugural  (BC)PLAN Summit for making it a huge success!

    We wish to acknowledge the following people who have pledged to assist the interim board as steps are taken to certify BCPLAN as a non-profit society!

    Clifford Bell,
    Director of Employment Services
    Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC)

    Satbir Cheema
    Director, Employment Programs
    Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS) UFCW Local 247
    Training & Education Society

    Diana Christie
    Associate Registrar
    Justice Institute

    John Dawson
    Director, Employment & Community Development,
    Mennonite Central Committee BC

    Mary Kenny
    CEO, Residential Construction Industry Training Organization

    Lil McPhail
    PLAR Coordinator,
    College of the Rockies

    AnnMarie Merkel
    Northwest Community College

    Dave O’Leary
    Chief Information Officer and Board Member
    Northwest Community College and Information Communications Technology Council (Sector Council)

    Stu Seifert
    Provincial Executive
    Education, Scientific, Technical and Administrative Component (7)

    Thomas Tam
    Chief Operating Officer,
    S.U.C.C.E.S.S BC

  • December 17, 2009 3:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) through its Open Learning (OL) Division, has launched an initiative to develop a new Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC). The vision for the Centre, which is helmed by Dr. Christine Wihak, Director of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) at TRU-OL, is to stimulate innovative and provocative research concerning prior learning and the theory, policy and practice of its assessment and/or recognition and/or validation. “PLAR lies at the intersection of research on workplace, learning and society,” Dr. Wihak said, in recognition of the importance of the new centre.

    visit PLIRC website

  • December 17, 2009 1:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The ECE Assessment Service was developed to assist Candidates in their claim for professional competency as Early Childhood Educators and to acquire a license to practice in BC. Mentor/Assessors asses learning that has been acquired in non-traditional and traditional, non-formal and formal settings.

    Candidates work at their own pace to create a portfolio to identify learning that meets contemporary professional standards and levels of competency for their field of practice.

    Watch Kathy Price (Douglas College) and Cathy Sales (St. Barnabas Day Care) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

    View the program details on the Douglas website

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