VET products for the 21st Century

Report
VET Products for the 21st Century
Luke Behncke
Project Manager
National Quality Council
Policy Issues
COAG reform agenda designed to:
 Increase demand-driven training
 Improve efficiency, reduce duplication
 Create greater workforce mobility
 Improve quality of training outcomes
 Enhance social inclusion
 Increase pathways to and from VET
Reform Agenda
• COAG policy direction:
… “reform .. to meet a more client driven system”
• Competency standards:
still a great concept, identifying outcomes not the way to achieve
them.
• 10+ years on:
TPs have adapted but become too dense, complex, inconsistent
• Change is needed:
stretch the concept to keep pace with changing client needs and
expectations
Reform to VET products
Review:
 COAG/NQC report VET products for the 21st Century
endorsed by Ministers June 2009
Key elements of reform:
 Flexibility
 Streamlining
 Competency and knowledge
 Foundation skills
Roles and responsibilities
Managing and implementing reform
 Ministerial Council overseeing COAG agenda
 National Quality Council
 TVET/DEEWR – NQC project management
 ISCs – Training Packages
 STAs – systems and services
 RTOs – training that responds to client needs
Other reforms
VET products reform in the context of
other reforms
AQTF and AQF
 New requirements – new RTOs, financial
viability, capability in assessment
 Comprehensive review of AQF
 Australian Skills Quality Authority
National Standards Council
Competency and knowledge
Competency and knowledge
New requirements:
• Explicit, allowing for knowledge and preparatory units
in all TPs
• Consistency across Training Packages
Updated definition:
• “… consistent application of knowledge and skill to
the standard of performance required in the
workplace.”
• Competency and knowledge are inseparable
• Knowledge is a key element of competency
Flexibility
Flexibility
It’s all about choice and options:
 New packaging rules to allow widest possible
choice of elective units
 New measure for volume and source
of electives
 Volume – 1/3 or more electives,
built into TP design
 Source – up to 1/6 of total units can come
from elsewhere, choice for RTO and/or client
 Completed by June 2011,
some exemptions
Flexibility - examples
24 Units
Example 1
Example 2
16 CORE
8 CORE
16 ELECTIVES
16 Units
One third or more of
total units
8 Units
8 ELECTIVES
One third or more of
total units
4 Units
4 IMPORTABLE
ELECTIVES
4 IMPORTABLE
ELECTIVES
One sixth of total units
One sixth of total units
Flexibility - analysis
Qualifications analyzed:
 1519 total qualifications
Exempt and excepted qualifications
 372 (25% of total) qualifications nominated as
exempt
 31 (3% of total) qualifications are exceptions
Compliance:
 Of remaining 1116 qualifications, 949 now comply
- 85% of all eligible qualifications (at 31 Dec 2010)
Streamlining
Streamlining
It’s all about making TPs simpler, shorter:
 Getting back to essentials
 Putting the emphasis on the end user
 Creating clear categories of information
 Separating two elements of the package:
 Performance standards and requirements – endorsed
by NQC
 Supporting information – guidance for implementation
Streamlining Training Packages
Endorsed by NQC
Quality assured
companion volume
Units of Competency
RTO Implementation
Guidance
Assessment Requirements
Learning Strategies
Qualifications
Knowledge Guidance
Credit Arrangements
Assessment Strategies
Streamlining
Performance Standards and
Requirements
New TP design model
TRAINING PACKAGES
(Endorsed by NQC)
Units of Competency
Provide specifications of applied
performance standards
Assessment Requirements
Describe the assessment requirements at
the unit of competency
Qualifications
Detail the qualifications contained in the
training package
Credit Arrangements
Provide articulation and credit
CONTENT / TEMPLATE
Unit code
Unit title
Application
Prerequisite units
Competency field
Unit sector
Elements
Performance criteria
Foundation skills
Range of conditions
Link to unit mapping
information
Assessment evidence:
•Performance
•Knowledge
Assessment context
Assessment condition
Qualification code
Qualification title
Qualification description
Packaging rules: core and
elective units
Link to qualification mapping
information
Articulation for Diploma and Advanced Diploma
Agreed credit arrangements
Companion Volume
New design model - Companion
Volume
COMPANION VOLUME
(QAd)
RTO Implementation Guide
Purpose: Provide information to assist RTOs in
interpreting and understanding the endorsed
components of the training package.
Learning Strategies Guide
Purpose: Introduce and describe diversity of learners
and learning strategies.
Knowledge Guide
Purpose: Identify contextual information including
knowledge requirements and resources.
Assessment Strategies Guide
Purpose: provide guidance on implementation of
assessment requirements in the endorsed components
of a training package.
CONTENT / TEMPLATE
Overview information
Implementation information
Links
Learning approaches
Learning environment
Contextualisation
Learner outcomes
Links
Broad discipline information
Industry-specific information
Applied knowledge
Links
Assessment and training package
Assessment methods
Assessment conditions
Evidence advice
Assessment validation
Links
Foundation skills
Foundation skills
Benefits of reform
 National standards for foundation skills training
ACSF, LLN & employability skills
 Foundation Skills Training Package
 Many product options to meet diverse needs MIXING and MATCHING, INTENSIVE or
INTEGRATED
Units can be used by ISCs or RTOS across
Training Packages
Embedded within units and qualifications
Relative balance between vocational and
foundation to suit need
 BUT – products can only fix so much…
Foundation skills
MIXING and MATCHING
Vocational Qualifications
Vocational
Units of
Competency
Foundation Skills Qualifications
Vocational
Units of
Competency
Foundation
Skills Units of
Competency
Foundation
Skills Units of
Competency
Vocational
Units of
Competency
Embedded
Foundation Skills
Foundation
Skills Units of
Competency
Impact and benefits – RTOs
Core business:
 You know your clients
 You want flexibility, room to innovate, more scope
to tailor services to match client needs
New products:
 Simpler TPs, easier to understand
 More support for training and assessment
strategies
 More flexible packaging
 More straightforward compliance standards,
clearer audit process
Next Steps Discussion
Timeline
 What’s happening in 2011?
 Where are we up to?

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