Chippenham College

Using work experience as a basis for National Vocational Qualifications


The College (now part of Wiltshire College) applied the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to provide a fast and approved method of obtaining vocational qualifications. While young people often acquire NVQs as part of their training, the experience of older employees goes unrecognised officially. APL was initially offered to HM Armed Services, as many serving in the armed forces have no opportunity to go on outside training courses but nevertheless acquire experience relevant to NVQs.