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The TAE Turmoil

IBSA’s application to be an SSO, rejected

This is a link to an article in the Australian Financial Review entitled “PwC to win key government training contract”.

http://www.afr.com/news/politics/pwc-to-win-key-government-training-contract-20151222-gltuuw

Copying from the PwC website, this is who they say they are:
“PwC is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. Having grown from a one-man Melbourne accountancy practice in 1874 to the worldwide merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998, PwC Australia now employs more than 6,000 people.”

What does this mean for those of us in the VET system?
More confusion and more change I’m afraid.
As you well know, IBSA was the ISC in charge of the TAE and BSB Training Packages – and several others. BSB was endorsed in February 2014 so hopefully that’s not going to change but we still have no idea what will happen about the TAE Training Package.

I’ve spoken to Robert Bluer at IBSA and they have developed a case for endorsement to go before the IASC in February which will include changes to TAE40110 (TAE40116 as it will be). After a great deal of consultation, they have enhanced the units TAEASS401, TAEASS402 and TAEASS403.
However, Robert tells me that ASQA will also be presenting a different option for TAE40116, which will include TAEASS502 Develop assessment tools in the core. Personally, I disagree with this proposal and so do most of my colleagues.

TAE Cert IV is an entry level qualification. It takes me 2 weeks to develop an assessment tool for one unit, and I am an experienced instructional designer. It’s completely inappropriate to ask an entry level trainer/assessor to do this.

Of course, now that IBSA is no longer in charge of the TAE Training Package, anything could happen, so I’m now in a quandary.

Do I update my TAE40110 resources or do I wait until February? I know that Chemène Sinson of Blackwater Projects is in a similar quandary.

The constant and unrelenting changes to the VET system mean that as soon as we have written a resource it is out of date.
However, I am planning to re-visit my current resources and see what I can do, since we can’t wait forever, and there are now no guarantees the new qualification will go up for endorsement in February 2016.

A very happy New Year to all my clients and readers.

Sandy Welton

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