New panel aims to boost quality training

by Brett Henebery26 Jul 2017
A panel of independent experts has been established to ensure the high quality of training packages across Australia.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) announced the move yesterday, saying the panel will make sure the national training system provides employers and workers with the skills and knowledge they need.

Chair of the AISC, Professor John Pollaers, said the panel will also help build employers’ confidence in vocational education and training (VET) by also ensuring training packages meet all standards and requirements.

“Building quality in VET is a priority for the AISC, as a responsive, flexible national training system is fundamental to businesses’ competitiveness and Australia’s future prosperity,” Pollaers said in a statement on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, AISC acknowledged the findings of an investigation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA) into unduly short training, which could pose a risk to the VET sector.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said unduly short courses were, in many cases, resulting in learners not gaining the competencies specified in the training packages for certain industries.

“This has the potential to lead to a loss of confidence in VET and long term costs to industry, individuals, the community and governments,” Minister Andrews said.

“While a competency-based training system that puts industry at the heart of determining the skills required for real jobs should remain at the centre of Australia’s VET sector, more needs to be done to address the risk of unscrupulous providers exploiting this flexibility where there is pressure to deliver short courses.”

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