Edition 641, 22 February 2016
- ACPET Queensland 2016 State Forum - "Disruption. There's good and bad."
- ACPET National Conference Hobart - 24-26 August 2016
TETN workshop this Thursday - VET RESET
Monday, February 22 2016
Quality of Assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion paper
The COAG Industry and Skills Council is seeking reform options to enhance the skills of VET trainers and assessors, the application of RPL, strengthening external validation and practitioner registration. ACPET is eager to obtain RTO and practitioner/expert input in order to formulate a response. TETN will be hosting input sessions on 25 February. To register just go to the TETN Facebook pages or email email@example.com with your name and organisation.
Responses are due by email 10 March 2016 to inform the COAG Industry and Skills Council
Some of the issues raised...
1. Foundation reforms
TAE - Observations that:
- A designated amount of time/volume of learning is to be applied for attaining the TAE and concerns on integrity of RPL being applied to the TAE. Perhaps no RPL for TAE?
- Claims that ‘particular interests and voices’ inhibit proposals to strengthen TAE
- Limit to the numbers of RTOs issuing TAE qualifications
- TAE only delivered by those with a demonstrated period of training/assessing in the VET sector and with a university of higher level VET qualification
- Entrants to the TAE Diploma must demonstrate a VET employment history - but how long?
- TAEASS502B as the core unit or a specialist unity only available at diploma level?
Establish a VET Professional Association as a professional identify for the VET workforce and to:
- Act as a conduit for development of assessment skills and tools
- Develop VET teachers standards
- Input into deign of TAE qualifications
- Development and delivery of PD
- Development of a VET workforce development strategy
- Registration of VET practitioners
VET Professional Association: Three possible models are provided
- Model A. Existing professional associations work cohesively to form an association
- Model B : A single national VET professional association
- Model C: Teacher registration model extending to the VET sector through one national body
Development of a VET practitioner capability framework that provides:
- a common language for knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes
- mirrors the IBSA model
2. Assessment reforms identified:
- Moderation of assessment practices and enhancing the role of industry in validation and the independent validation
- Greatest area of non-compliance to the Standards for RTOs 2015 was the training and assessment standard
- Reassesssment of industry agreed competencies before a qualification issues
3. Reforms to the regulatory framework
- ASQA to improve detection of poor assessment
- Regulator to, if considered warranted, seek external and independent re-testing of graduates
- Training only RTOs and assessment only RTOs
- Implementation of a national TAS
Venue will be advised on Wednesday, depending on numbers - seession will run from 9am - 11am