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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a new approach, which is being introduced in Pakistan to recognize and certify the competence and skills of millions of skilled workers coming out of informal TVET sector known as Ustad-Shagrid system. This approach will enable the skilled workers to get their skills recognized and subsequently they will have access to better job opportunities and further education. In technical terms-RPL- refers to a process that examines evidence of past learning and experience.

The TVET Sector Support Programme supports the introduction and mainstreaming of the RPL system in Pakistan. As a pilot, the Programme plans to support the issuance of national certificates to 15,000 skilled persons from the informal sector.

For this, the Programme aims to build the capacity of the relevant actors, in particular the Qualification Awarding Bodies and the TVET institutes and enterprises to support assessment and certification in line with the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF).

Benefits of RPL for skilled workers:

  • Recognition of skills and award of national certificate
  • National and international acceptance of certified skilled workforce
  • Improved access to recognized courses
  • Possible career progression for in-company workers

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