The changes, announced last week, come amid a time of turmoil for Australia’s vocational training sector and uncertainty over how prepared youth are for the workplace they’ll enter once they leave school.
The changes will ensure trainers and assessors have the skills and knowledge to design and develop assessment tools and address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, announced the changes last week, saying everyone in Australia “has a stake in building the capacity of our skills training to keep the sector strong”.
“Our trainers and assessors are at the coalface of our efforts to continuously improve the quality of Australia’s VET system,” Andrews said in a statement on Friday.
“Assessors and trainers are critical to ensuring graduates are not only leaving with the technical skills they need but the everyday skills all employees need to succeed - language, literacy and numeracy skills.”
Trainers and assessors who currently hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or the Assessor Skill Set will need to obtain the new core units of competency on top of their existing credentials by 1 April, 2019.
Meanwhile, Andrews is inviting the public to make submissions to a review of vocational education regulations, which will examine whether they support a responsive, effective and efficient approach to regulation of the sector.
Andrews said the independent review is important to ensure the integrity of Australia’s VET sector, and stressed that feedback from the public will be essential.
“I want to ensure that ASQA has the powers it needs to protect students, employers and the public against providers that don’t meet high quality standards, and to uphold those standards,” she said.
“I encourage anyone who has a view about how the sector’s regulation can be improved to visit the review’s website and make a submission.”
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