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By Cecilia McKelvey

The following, the authors discover functional methods of imposing APL for the good thing about contributors, employers and the neighborhood as a complete, displaying the way it could make a true contribution to equality of chance. Chapters examine the actual wishes of assorted sectors of the group, and the way APL can be utilized to fulfill these wishes. For ethnic groups, these whose first language isn't English, and those that arrive in Britain with skills from in another country, the APL approach could be a important degree within the look for schooling, employment and equality of expertise. individuals with disabilities locate that APL may help holiday via limitations and provide new breadth of chance, while for girls it could actually bring about better acceptance and superior profession development. by using case stories and functional examples the authors supply particular suggestions on tools of implementation, employees improvement and carrying on with aid to aid tutors, managers and senior employees make potent use of APL.

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Although she had her own flat and did her own shopping and cooking, her daytime activities were limited to attending a local day centre where educational provision had been cut and the supply of piece work from local firms had dried up. With support and guidance she was able to draw up a plan to continue her education at a voluntary centre which was easily accessible, and develop her computing skills with a view to working from home or possibly obtaining employment in the future. 46 APL: Equal Opportunities for All?

20 APL: Equal Opportunities for All? 2 The APL process Equality of opportunity and the APL process 21 Stage 7 The candidate receives information on learning opportunities. Four people are usually involved in this process: • The candidate, who is responsible for ♦ identifying the NVQ with the advocate ♦ assembling and providing evidence to support the APL claim. • The counsellor/advocate, who is responsible for ♦ assisting the candidate to identify the target NVQ ♦ preparing an action plan of the units needed to gain the qualification or the units to be attempted ♦ scrutinising the candidate’s previous experience and qualifications to see whether an APL claim is possible ♦ helping the candidate identify sources of evidence ♦ helping the candidate compile the evidence ♦ arranging assessment ♦ undertaking all administrative work in connection with the candidate’s claim ♦ discussing the assessor’s verdict and agreeing further action.

22 APL: Equal Opportunities for All? PROVIDING EVIDENCE OF PRIOR LEARNING Possible assessment techniques 1 Situational observation: observation of student’s performance in a real situation and attesting demonstration of competence, for example, at work, in voluntary activities, at public meetings. 2 Performance testing: a more controlled version of situational observation involving performing some competence(s) either in a real-life situation or in one devised in a testing station. An example would be an arranged conversation with a French speaker who could attest a student’s competence in spoken French.

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