Access roles in Skillsbank
Skillsbank provides for several actors to have access into the system. As an organisation you can have several access roles simultaneously. These are Competent Body, Institution and Course Provider, as it is possible for an organsation to play all three roles in the context of Skillsbank.
The organisations that have access as a Competent Body (CB) in Skillsbank are the organisations or intuitions that are responsible for Qualification definitions and to quality proof the qualifications and to secure the quality of them. Therefore will the CB have access where it can add Qualifications and Learning Outcomes into Skillsbank. This organisation could be as high up as the Ministry of Education, a sectorial organisation, an institution or school working within the realm of just a few qualifications. The latter ones will most likely have not only the role as a CB, however as well an Institution and Course Provider. The CB is responsible to add corresponding assessment questions to the qualification. These questions will serve as assessment base for the User and the Assessor. Due to the CBs responsibility of Qualification definitions, it is as well in charge of adding Assessors to Skillsbank. Assessors are individuals that the CB views as qualified to perform adequate, reliable and valid assessments of individuals. If qualifications exist in several languages, then the CB has the responsibility to add the translations into Skillsbank.
Those organisations with access as an Institution in Skillsbank are institutions that are offering education and training. They can therefore add courses and modules they are providing into Skillsbank. These courses and modules have to be linked up with an existing Qualification and the respective Learning Outcome. The organisation is at the implementing level and defines users, mentors and guidance officers in Skillsbank. Therefore as institution you are responsible of adding mentors and users to the system. As institution you can see the outcome of the RPL assessment score of a particular user and the assessor of that user, together with the consolidated scores.
Those organisations and institutions that have access as a Course Provider are those offering education and training only. They can therefore add courses and modules they are providing into Skillsbank. These courses and modules have as well to be linked up with a relevant qualification and learning outcomes. When having access as course provider the only option is to add courses, however in most cases organisations have access as both institution and course provider and thus the combined rights of these two into Skillsbank. In some cases it is possible that organisations have access as competent body as well.
Learner participants, trainees, students, apprentices or other persons that search for career guidance in a lifelong learning perspective, will have access as End Users. They are given access details by the institution they belong to. They have the option to add all attended courses and training and work experience, as well as uploading supporting documents. As a part of competence mapping of users, they will also have the option of assessing their own competences through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessments module. In practice this means that both an assessor and a user are assigned to Skillsbank. The users assess their own competences according to assessment questions that are directly related to a qualification matrix that is already added into the system. This is the first phase with self-reflection on own competences as part of the validation and recognition of prior learning regardless of learning and training context.
As Assessor you are certified and authorised as a qualified assessor by the Competent Body you are assigned to. You are given access to assess an individuals competences only within the framework of the qualifications your CB is responsible for. You will assess the students according to the assessment questions registered to every qualification unit. The assessor uses the set of questions to evaluate the level of competence of the learner, combined with other available documentation of performance.
With access as a Mentor you are possibly a teacher, a guidance officer or in a similar role that in some setting is mentoring learners. You are given access by the institution that has qualified you as a mentor. With mentor access you have the right to see all the information a learner has added about him/herself into Skillsbank. With access as a mentor you play a guiding and supporting role towards the students and their career development.