The Use of Workplace Skills-Based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (2009)

Strategies for Persons with Acquired Physical Disabilities in Employment Transition

This document outlines a project exploring the use of a specific Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) strategy, the development of a portfolio, to help individuals with acquired disabilities address workforce reintegration issues.

People with acquired disabilities must deal with a sense of loss and the need to rethink career hopes and plans as they re-enter the workplace, the author notes. The PLAR process of portfolio development can help individuals prepare themselves for re-entry by identifying previously untapped strengths that can be transferred to the workplace.

The project included a 40-hour portfolio course, along with a focus group with support agencies and persons with acquired disabilities.

Project researchers found that for many persons with disabilities, the process of developing a portfolio is at least as important as the finished product. The opportunity to identify and reflect upon one’s skills in a guided way and to put them into a context of a job search is very useful in an employment transition process.

The positive effects of the portfolio workshop are sustained over time, with participants continuing to feel positive about it at three- and six-month intervals.

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2013-10-17
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Marie Christine Gill. The Use of Workplace Skills-Based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition 2009. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/use_of_workplace_skills/use_of_workplace_skills.pdf>
Marie Christine Gill (2009). The Use of Workplace Skills-Based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/use_of_workplace_skills/use_of_workplace_skills.pdf
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