PLAR Workshop Launched at Technical Division

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 18, 2016: The Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) workshop, a subset of the soon to be implemented, AGRI Studies Program at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, is being conducted this week, January 18-22 at the College’s Technical Division.  PLAR which is a part of the CARICOM for Education Employment Program initiative, is designed to become a permanent fixture in the assessment of persons within the Technical Division.  PLAR is a type of assessment that is used to evaluate skills and knowledge that are learned outside of a formal learning environment.  Facilitators of the workshop, representatives from Nova Scotia Community College International, Mr. Zoran Kondali, (Manager) and Ms. Jennifer Archer noted the partnership between the Canadian Government, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College as the external stakeholders that are imperative to the implementation of the PLAR programme at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. 

Dr. Linda Cooke, Senior Technical Advisor at the CARICOM for Education Employment Program, explained the overall goal of the program, “We’re very excited that this program is linked to competency based education training and will ultimately be linked to a Caribbean vocational qualification.  That means someone who has been certified through PLAR could go on to complete the full vocational qualification and that gives them the opportunity to work anywhere within the CARICOM region without having to seek a work permit.”

During his opening remarks, Dr. Kelvin Daly, President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College echoed the importance of partnerships and highlighted that huge investments within the Caribbean countries are vital to its continued development.  “The mandate at the College is to educate as many persons at the tertiary level as possible so they can find their way in a competitive economy,” he stated.  He further elaborated that, “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to institute such a policy, starting with the AGRI Program, and it is not the end but hopefully the beginning for a number of many other programs.”

The PLAR workshop attendees included personnel from the Ministry of Education, The National Youth Skills, The TVET Council, The Advanced Vocational Education Centre and Heads of Departments at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.