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TAE40110 and VET Reform

In the space of just over 12 months, there have been three different ministers for VET. The current minister is Luke Hartsuyker, who has swapped portfolios with Simon Birmingham. I have just written to the Minister. This was the gist of the letter.

Recommendation 1
• Open and transparent communication of government decisions together with the reasons for the decisions.
• Ensure that the infrastructure is in place to implement government decisions for change by the date announced.

Service Skills Organisations replace Industry Skills Councils
This decision has never been clearly explained, although there were a lot of woolly statements about involving industry in the development of training packages and something called a “competitive” approach. The change was announced to take place by 1 January 2016 but it hasn’t happened yet and looks like it’s a long way off. The latest information is at this link: https://www.education.gov.au/skills-service-organisations

Australian Industry Skills Council replaced the National Skills Standards Council
The NSSC was dissolved by the COAG Industry and Skills Council on 3 April 2014. The reasons for this decision were not publicised. The AISC’s first meeting was in June 2015. The first communiqué announcing endorsements was on 27 July 2015 after their second meeting. So between April 2014 and June 2015 there was no official endorsement body. Another case where a decision was announced before the infrastructure was in place.

Training Package format “streamlined and simplified”
According to a SCOTESE publication in November 2012, all training packages were to have transitioned to the new format by 31 December 2015. A search at www.training.gov.au shows 50 current training packages with the old codes. Yet another instance of announcing a cut-off date and not having the infrastructure in place to support it. No doubt much of the reason is the period of limbo where there was no endorsement body.

Recommendation 2
• Give a precise direction to ASQA to search for RTOs advertising TAE40110 courses less then 4 weeks duration and/or less than $1,000.
• Instruct ASQA to conduct audits of their training and assessment strategies, assessment resources and a random sample of assessment decisions.
We all know that modifications to the qualification packaging rules or wording of the units will do nothing to improve the quality of training and assessment. This can only be achieved by weeding out those RTOs providing sub-standard training and “tick and flick” assessments for the TAE Cert IV. Since TAE40110 is the qualification underpinning training and assessment practices, this qualification should be a priority for ASQA.
I am still awaiting the Minister’s reply (cross fingers).

Update on resource development
I have completed learning and assessment resources, including RPL tools, for:
• BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
• BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
• BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management
I’m pleased to say that demand is high and feedback has been excellent.
In December I started updating my learning and assessment pathway resources for TAE40110. The Design and Delivery sector units are completed but I will wait to put them up on the web site until we know what happens at the next AISC meeting on 18 February. At that stage I will update the Assessment sector units– which are the units most likely to have major changes.
I have been asked to develop resources for BSB50615 Diploma of Human Resources Management and am considering this seriously. Quite a few electives overlap with units I have already developed for BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management.

If you might be interested in resources for BSB50615, I would appreciate a quick email, so that I can have some idea of demand.

Sandy Welton

Completed BSB51107- TAE40110 Next

It’s 6 weeks since my last blog and I must admit it’s just as long since I had a chance to come up for air and look at what’s going on in RTO World. I have completed BSB51107 Diploma of Management in the new format and my current project (nearly completed) is TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

For BSB51107 I have learned from experience in delivering the qualification myself as well as from the feedback from my client RTOs. The new structure gives a lot more versatility because the assessments are not clustered. They are separate documents. The Learning Guide is a single document in a logical learning flow. That’s because there are overlaps between the units. Legislative requirements are covered in the first chapter because they apply to several of the units. For the rest of the Learning Guide there is one chapter per unit. My head right now is with TAE40110.

Since commencing development of the new resources to replace my old clustered course, I have delivered the course twice using some portion of the new resources. That involved a rather complex balancing act, as I needed to use the previous clustered TAE40110 course for the units I had not yet developed. However, it gave me a brilliant opportunity to trial the new resources and compare how they were received by the trainees in comparison with the clustered course. I should have everything ready to go in 2 weeks. My idea for this new version of TAE40110 resources is to enhance the versatility.

In an ideal world we would always choose a face to face workshop training environment as it enhances the learning outcome through discussion, informal questioning and sharing of experience. However we are in the real world and this is not always possible. The new courseware can be given to the trainee to work through self-paced with remote trainer support.

The problem with TAE40110 is that a Certificate IV qualification should take between 6 to 12 months, whereas the demand is to achieve it in the shortest possible time frame. I am delivering this qualification over 3 weeks (8 days) and that’s only possible because my RTO conducts a stringent training needs analysis. All my trainees are at least Cert IV level in their area of expertise when they walk in the door and they all have experience of delivering training.

I am requiring the learning materials to be read prior to the day of the workshop. This enables most of the assessment activities to be achieved during the workshops and works a treat. There is still some homework and trainees are warned ahead of time to cancel their social life for the 3 weeks of the course, but at the end of the 3 week course they can submit a complete evidence portfolio. This is proving to be a big selling point.

For my client RTOs who are waiting for more units in BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management, I am hoping to start these in 2 weeks. At the moment I have all of the core units completed plus the sustainability unit (which I only needed to “tweak” from the version I developed for BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety).

As you can see, I am “flat out like a lizard drinking”. If there are any experienced instructional designers who can develop quality resources please don’t hesitate contact me. I have a list of requests as long as your arm.

Updating Units for BSB51107 & TAE40110 Plus

I’ve just completed another of the new BSB51107 Diploma of Management units and figured I would come up for air before starting on the next one.
I have several RTOs waiting for this new resource and I’m intending to have it done by the end of the month. The BSB51107 Learning Guide is complete, together with the assessment tools for 4 of the 8 units.
BSB51107 is a Diploma level qualification so it doesn’t have the same structure as a Certificate IV. For instance, with BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management the language is simple, straightforward and friendly. Hopefully it’s the same in the Diploma but I don’t think it’s necessary to avoid all the big words (like “cohesion”). I also don’t do a PowerPoint for Diploma.
Having delivered BSB51107 for some time now (my old clustered course) I have learnt what works and what doesn’t. I am seeing the new approach being to give the whole Learning Guide to trainees before they attend workshops – or get involved in chat rooms etc. So the Learning Guide is a single document containing the 8 units.
The assessment tools, on the other hand, are unit by unit. One of the problems we have with heavily clustered assessments is when to actually sign off a candidate as competent. With unit by unit assessment tools, it’s cut and dried.
For those of you who have contacted me about TAE40110 new course – yes, I am getting there. I have 3 units done (TAEDES401A, TAEDES402A and TAELLN401A). I am working madly to get this finished as soon as possible. I am aiming for the end of June but it could be a bit before.
I’ve also had enquiries about resources for BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management. The following units are developed:
• BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace
• BSBMGT402A Implement operational plan
• BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
• BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness
• BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Because BSB40812 is a new code, it requires application for scope and I am hearing that ASQA has a backlog and RTOs are experiencing delays – which is good for me as it gives me just a little more time. Nevertheless I need to fast track this.
I am being asked for learning and assessment pathway resources for:
• BSBWHS408A Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
• BSBWHS409A Assist with workplace monitoring processes and
• PUAWER002B Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented.
In the case of BSBWHS408A and BSBWHS409A I have created RPL tools but do not believe these units lend themselves to a learning and assessment pathway for inexperienced trainees. I don’t intend to create resources for PUAWER002B as I think there are too many variables in the type of workplace. Also, this unit has been around for a while so there are other resources available.
Samples of my new resources are not yet on the web site. This will be updated at the time the full qualifications are ready to go.
Thank you to my existing clients for your feedback on how well the resources are being received by the trainers and trainees. This has an up-side and a down-side. The up-side is that I’m doing something right. The down-side is that demand is outstripping supply! (There is only one of me.)
Sandy Welton

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