There are a lot of resources available to help a trainer meet the requirements laid out in Australia’s VET program. That doesn’t negate the need for the trainer to put together the best possible training for each and every learner though. The system has some flexibility built into it, allowing trainers to customize the training given to meet the need of every learner.
Typically, a training package will consist of a number of required units, and a number of electives. The trainer must select the electives which will be the most useful to the client, meeting the specific industry needs of their company. This means that even within the same certification, different learners will receive some different training. This allows the VET system to meet the wide variety of needs that exist across industries.
In addition, the training needs to be contextualized to the client’s needs as well. Manufacturing assembly work may all seem the same, but the manufacturing of children’s toys has different requirements than the manufacture of medical equipment. Even though some of the same methods and equipment are used, the medical equipment has different testing requirements.
Trainers need to be flexible, able to meet the needs of the specific industry segment that they are training for. Sebastian learned this when he moved from Melbourne to Brisbane. He thought that he understood training in his industry, but quickly found out that he needed to adapt to the different needs in his new climate.
Fortunately, Sebastian had received his Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. So, when he had to prepare some training for a new client, he was aware of the necessity of contextualizing the training to that client’s needs. He started out by visiting their facility, in order to gain an understanding of their needs. While there was a lot of similarity to one of his previous clients in his old RTO, he encountered a number of things that were different. He knew at once, that he’d have to adapt his training to meet their specific needs.
Many of the training materials which Sebastian was accustomed to using weren’t going to work in this new environment. He had learned in his TAEDES402A course on Using Training Packages and Accredited Courses to Meet Client Needs that he would have to go back to the qualifications framework, analyzing the needs of his client and selecting new electives which would properly train the learners.
More than that, Sebastian had to find a way to put the training into the context of the client’s business. The skills and knowledge that he was training on wouldn’t be good enough if the learners couldn’t apply it in the workplace. So, he had to use some of the client company’s materials, tools and forms to develop training exercises which would simulate as accurately as possible the actual work that the learners would be performing. That way, their training would be the most applicable possible.