Australia has one of the most comprehensive systems of vocational training (VET) of anywhere in the world. Government and industry have collaborated together to create a system of training that covers the entire spectrum of industries, with nine levels of certifications in a host of different professional fields. This has provided a system which is consistent across the country, so that people who are trained in one state or territory can move to another and work. Employers can rest assured that the certification which the individual has earned means that they are trained to a certain level of proficiency.
While this system serves industry and the country well, it can be confusing to understand, especially for the uninitiated. Being able to provide training within the framework of the VET system requires understanding the system, the various types of documentation the system provides, and how to use this information to put training programs together that meet the needs of learners and client companies.
Take the case of Harold for example. He was a senior worker in the office of a major employer. It really doesn’t matter what Harold’s job was, he was also the department expert on procedures for doing just about everything they did. The only thing was, that put him in the position of training new workers.
Harold had his own ideas about training, and like many an experienced worker, did things his own way. That is, he did them his own way until the company policy changed, requiring that all in-house training be in accordance with VET norms. The training would have to be in accordance with the requirements of a VET unit of competency. Trainers would have to certify that the learners had completed everything necessary for certification and sign off on their completion.
Harold didn’t have any idea what to do. Like many other workers, he didn’t have much of an idea how the VET system worked. So, he decided to ignore the new policy and do things like he always had. At least, he though he decided that… until his boss gave him the unit of competency he needed to fulfill for training new workers. Now Harold was lost.
Fortunately for him, when the company instituted the new policy, they also budgeted money for training of trainers. Harold didn’t know it yet, but he was already being signed up to start his certification as a trainer. His first course was going to be the TAEDEL401A course on how to Plan, organize and deliver group-based learners.
Harold not only learned how to understand the unit of competency, but what it was for. On top of that, he gained an understanding of the entire Australian VET system. When he was done with the course, he had a much better idea of how to fit the training he’d been doing into the new system, so that he could certify that the new workers were properly trained up to VET standards. Not only that, but he could do it much more efficiently, training them in a group, instead of as individuals.