Using Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) to Support Refugee Access Into Higher Education and Employment

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Clarke, Andrew (2005)
  • Publisher: Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), London Metropolitan University
  • Subject: dewey360 | dewey370 | dewey650

When people flee persecution in their own country to seek a safe haven elsewhere they are primarily concerned with the bare facts of survival but what do refugees bring with them and how can host countries help them unlock their potential and become active citizens? This paper1 looks at how APEL can be used to help refugee professionals, experienced workers and graduates assess their own capabilities in relation to opportunities in higher education and the UK labour market. The specialist APEL2 programme delivered by the Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit at London Metropolitan University is highlighted as an example of good practice in the field of refugee education and an example of how to tackle through education the multiple barriers faced by refugees.
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