The human capital initiative is based on the idea that many Canadians possess knowledge, skills and experiences beyond what is taught in post-secondary institutes. Yet such human capital goes unrecognised or documented. The goal of the Human Capital Initiative is to recognise this knowledge and assist people in earning credentials, taking this knowledge into account.
The BCIT SITE Centre uses the Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (APPL) method to create personalized education pathways.
The APPL is an innovative approach to translating experience into
course credits and education equivalencies.
This model builds on the assumption that “the whole is greater than the
sum of the parts“. APPL relies on traditional course-by-course equivalency of
the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) as well as assessing
for direct placement into an upper level of a BCIT program.
APPL evaluates an individual’s combined:
• Workplace training
• Experience (employment, volunteer work, etc.)
• Previous education
APPL has been applied to:
- Canadian Forces members and veterans
- First Responders
- Mature students
- Foreign credential recognition
APPL projects at the BCIT SITE Centre has received support and funding from Employment and Social Development Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion (BC/Yukon Command)