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24 Oct 2011
Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme
to cover jewellery and automobile industries
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism will be extended to include the jewellery and automotive industries, in addition to the existing industries of printing and publishing, clock and watch, hairdressing and property management. The Vocational Training Council (VTC) was recommended to be the assessment agency of the RPL scheme. The 2 newly added industries will start to invite application next month.
Annie HO, VTC Deputy Executive Director, expressed her gratitude for the VTC being recommended as the assessment agency. She said, “The RPL provides an opportunity for in-service personnel of related industries to obtain formal recognition of their knowledge, skills and experience already acquired.”
The RPL of the 2 new industries will cover a spectrum of professional skills and services at Level 1-4, including design, production, quality management and purchasing portfolios of the jewellery industry, and sale, maintenance and inspection skills of the automotive industry. Application procedures of the RPL mechanism are simple whereby Level 1-3 requires only documentary proof whereas Level 4 requires interviews or written examinations for assessment purposes.
The Education Bureau launched the Qualifications Framework (QF) in 2008 and started to recognise the knowledge, skills and experience already acquired by skilled personnel through the RPL to assist them to attain different levels under the QF and determine their starting point for learning and progression to reduce duplication in training for the same skills. Employers can also formulate tailored training plans for their employees in accordance with the needs of workplace.
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council（VTC）is the largest vocational education, training and professional development group in Hong Kong with some 230,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working adults to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide valued supports to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions including the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THE I), the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK), the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Pro-Act by VTC, Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre (HITDC), Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI), Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College, Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC), Yeo Chei Man Senior Secondary School and Shine Skills Centre.
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