Fostering Lifelong Learning through Recognition of Prior Learning as an Enabler of Increased Productivity, Improved Wood Product Quality and Employee Motivation- A Case Study of Kubu Crafts LTD in Zambia

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PCF10 Sub-theme: Fostering Lifelong Learning // Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Zambia has been used as a vehicle through which individual learners with significant experience in a given practical field earn a qualification at any level of education. RPL in this case is an enabler of an individual’s empowerment socially and economically. This type of empowerment leads to intrinsic motivation resulting in improved productivity and quality of products. Using a randomized control method, this case study seeks to establish the impact of RPL on productivity and quality of wood products at Kubu Crafts LTD. Six three (63) employees were enrolled in the RPL programme and monitored closely on how their acquired competencies yet to be formalized will lead to improved productivity and wood product furniture quality. Data will be analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. For secondary data collection Company’s Order Reports and Delivery Notes served as special instruments for secondary data collection while clients’ feedback through questionnaires and interviews formed a basis for primary data collection. Results indicated a production increase of 49% after RPL was introduced confirming the impact of RPL on production. A great improvement in the percentage of rejected furniture from 31.07% previously to 0.23% was noted signifying an improvement on quality of wood products after RPL. Attendance on a monthly basis improved from 17.46% of employees being absent before RPL introduction to only 4.76% after the introduction of RPL hence the environment became motivating. From the findings, the researcher concludes that lifelong learning should be fostered through RPL as an enabler of increased productivity, improved wood product quality and motivated employees. // Paper ID 3432

Lifelong Learning,Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL),Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD),Empowerment