The VPL legal foundation in the Faroe Islands – how to establish a national VPL system
Preparation and implementation of a legal system for Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) in the Faroe Islands
The presentation will shed light on some of the main obstacles we have met in the implementation process, including the unsolved question of funding, the scepticism from the parts of the labor market, and the question on how best to provide suitable information, both to the public and the relevant stakeholders, in the implementation process.
Preparations for a legal VPL system in the Faroe Islands started in 2011 as a result of a cooperation between the Vocational Education and Training Office (Yrkisdepilin) in the Ministry of Education, and NVL (Nordic Network for Adult Learning).
A conference arranged by the VET Office and NVL in 2011 led to a working group being established with representatives from the labor market, trade unions and the employers’ association, the educational system, all relevant ministries and the unemployment office. The aim was to gain more knowledge and share experiences regarding validation and training in the Faroe Islands in comparison to other Nordic countries. Furthermore, this working group was tasked to suggest and describe different possibilities for establishing a Faroese VPL system.
The result of this work was new legislation on validation, passed in the parliament in May 2014.
About John DalsgardCountry
The Faroe Islands
Ministry of Education, Research and Culture in the Faroe Islands
John Dalsgard is the VPL coordinator, working at Yrkisdepilin - the VET Office in the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture in the Faroe Islands. The main areas of responsibility include the implementation and coordination of validation in the Faroe Islands. John Dalsgard is a member of the Nordic expert network for validation under the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL).