Ikaslan Bizkaia is taking part in the face-to-face meeting of the PRALINE – Promoting Adult Learning in Networks project that started yesterday, March 14th, at the ECL (Escola Comércio Lisboa), and will end today after hosting talks from representatives of many organizations connected to Portugal’s education and employment sectors.
The European project’s meeting, organised by ANESPO – Associação Nacional de Escolas Profissionais with the Erasmus+ plan’s collaboration, has resumed face-to-face work at PRALINE since the public health situation caused all meetings to be online. Good practice initiatives to train adults have been the core idea of this conference that has lasted two days.
Within this framework plan, yesterday we had the presentations of Catarina Esménio, from the ECL that hosts this meeting, who talked about the relationship between Vocational Training and the job market, and Alexandra Teixeira, from ANQUEP (National Agency for Qualifications and Vocational Education of Portugal), who explained the challenges of qualifiying adults and the ongoing policies in the country. Likewise, Andreia Lopes, LIDL’s regional director of HR, and Rita Alves and Joana Santiago, from ECL’s Qualifica center for the improvement of education in adults, presented a case study on the validation of employed workers’ skills.
Today, the conference has continued by underlining the system of recognition of professional skills, a way to get school validations of skills gained through work experience and non-formal education, which could lead to getting Professionalism Certificates in Spain. José Bourbon, the director of the IPTrans School (Escola Profissional de Loures), and Helena Nunes, representative of its Qualifica center, have talked about how this system works and the benefits it entails. The last presentation on good practice initiatives was brought by Hugo Martins, from the school of Vocational Training ETAP’s Qualifica center, who underlined the importance of this kind of centers in boosting the training of adults.
The PRALINE project is scheduled to meet again in Dublin on the 10th and 11th of May. This European initiative was born at the start of 2021 with the goal of improving innovation and strengthening the transnational education networks connected to Vocational Training through the work between European countries, and it will develop until January 2024.