The Promotion of Accreditation of Prior Learning Processes by Firms: It’s Impact on the Worker-Organization Relationship
The Promotion of Accreditation of Prior Learning Processes by Firms: It’s Impact on the Worker-Organization Relationship Helena Martins
The process of Competences Recognition, Validation and Certification2, also known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), is an innovative means of attaining school certificates for individuals without an academic background. The main objective of this process is to validate what people have learned in informal contexts, in order to attribute academic certificates.
With the increasing interest of the qualification of workers and governmental support, more and more Portuguese organizations promote this process within their facilities and their work hours. In fact, nowadays, various Portuguese firms reveal a special concern about learning issues as a key factor in their competitiveness. Consequently, they tend to invest in strategies oriented towards the enhancement of human resource competences to improve their learning ability and their performance.
This study explores the relationship between the promotion of this Human Resource Development measure and employee’s attitudes (Job Satisfaction and Organizational Comitment) and behaviours (Extra-role Organizational Citizenship Behaviours) towards the organization they work for. Results of a cross-sectional survey of Portuguese Industrial Workers (N=135) showed that statistical significant results are in the higher levels of Voice Behaviours in the groups of workers who were involved or had graduated from the firm promoted APL process, although all the other variables suffered slight, but not significant, increases. The goal of this paper is to spur future research in this area.