Understanding and identifying your transferable skills, as well as recognising your strengths and weaknesses, is very helpful. This process is particularly beneficial if you’ve left school without many formal qualifications, or if you’re trying to get back into the workforce after being in the criminal justice system.

Knowing your transferable skills and your areas of strength and weakness can help you move into training, further education, or work. It also boosts your confidence and self-esteem and helps you make plans for your future.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a concept that values the learning you gain from life experiences and informal education—like lessons learned outside of a classroom, including on the streets.

RPL can be used to enhance your CV, to identify skills for a job application, or to help with your personal development during job searches.

This process helps you:

  • Understand your own abilities, skills, and challenges.
  • Gain confidence as you recognise what you can do.
  • Make plans for future work, further education, or training.

Some examples of experiences that might have taught you valuable skills include:

  • Taking care of a relative or friend.
  • Participating in school activities.
  • Involvement in sports or coaching.
  • Mentoring others.
  • Learning practical skills on the job.
  • Volunteering.
  • Pursuing hobbies and leisure activities.
  • Undergoing workplace training or courses.

Recognising the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through these experiences can boost your confidence, improve or build your CV, help you figure out career paths, or determine your next educational steps. It also involves a reflective process that helps you understand the knowledge, skills, and abilities you already have.

This process is useful for:

  • Building confidence and self-esteem.
  • Identifying strengths and potential weaknesses.
  • Enhancing your CV.
  • Providing training for better job prospects.
  • Offering coaching and career development.
  • Helping meet the entry requirements for educational programmes.
  • Fulfilling requirements for professional registration.
  • Exempting you from professional exams.
  • Allowing advanced entry into educational programmes.

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