Who needs to write Training Packages?


Challenges facing VET

If VET is to meet the needs of our workforce – present and future – then what needs to be trained must be communicated clearly to the people doing the training and assessment.

A workplace supervisor or colleague cannot be expected to hold TAE and is therefore not trained to read and interpret units of competency.  This is the reason I have always been taught – and continue to teach my students – that Third-Party Verification forms should not be a direct copy and paste of the Performance Criteria of a Unit of Competency.  Instead, we must use wording that has meaning for the third party. Read more…

Challenges facing VET: The drop in traineeships and apprenticeships. Why is it happening?


Challenges facing VET

A recent figure revealed that the federal government over the last five years has underspent close to $1 billion of its budget on TAFE, training and apprenticeships. This is on top of previous cuts.

At the same time, that these budgets cuts are happening, Australia is still experiencing critical skills shortages in several industries.  A number of experts have warned of serious effects on the Australian economy. Read more…

Challenges facing VET: Recentralising the Learner


Challenges facing VET

It is fair to presume that when it comes to vocational education and training, the learner would figure as quite a central figure.

However, anyone who watches the news will be aware that Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry is in crisis.  For various reasons, training providers have come under fire from the media and are under the watchful scrutiny of regulatory bodies.  Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are scrambling to adjust Read more…