Newbery Consulting VET News – 15th April 2021

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Last week the national regulator released its revised regulatory practices model. There is an article below in Regulatory and Compliance News about this where you can access the details.

This new regulatory practices model includes a revised approach to assessing RTO performance, to responding to non-compliance and to the review of decisions where required. Overall, the changes look consistent with the pathway ASQA has been on now for the last 12 months but it does include some significant changes to business as normal.

I have a few of observations about this new model which I have shared in an article you can access at the following page ASQA new Regulatory Practices Published.

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA publishes new regulatory practices

As part of its ongoing reforms, ASQA has published its new regulatory practices model effective from 6 April 2021. The new model includes a revised Regulatory Risk Framework, approach to assessment RTO performance, approach to compliance and approach to the review of decisions. The new model includes changes to how non-compliance will be responded to ranging from education and encouragement to court action. Check out the new model at the following link.

Read more.

Other VET News

Australia’s National Resources Workforce Strategy

Australia’s National Resources Workforce Strategy provides a forward-looking plan to support the Australian resources sector. The strategy builds on the government’s significant investments in education reform, skills packages and job support. The strategy focuses on 3 key themes including opportunity, participation and quality. The strategy aims to ensure the Australian resources sector and its workforce remains strong, innovative and world-leading.

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Articles and Papers

The Future of TVET Teaching

Recent studies show that that social, economic and political shocks are becoming more common, therefore TVET systems need to become more future-focused, responsive and resilient to adequately support learners and economies. Ten forward-looking trends were identified and support TVET teaching staff in delivering the skills required for future work and learning, this includes addressing the changing nature of work, highlighting the characteristics of future TVET systems and the key aspects of quality training and support required by teaching staff.

Read more.

Skills development in the time of COVID-19: Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training

Results of an interagency survey on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development in the time of COVID-19, show that TVET programs have been hard hit due to its unique focus on work-based earning and acquisition of practical skills. Recommendations suggest three main areas where TVET stakeholders can work together during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and they outline actions that may need to be undertaken including preparedness for future-crisis, improved access to education and training and the relevance of TVET during the recovery stage.

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OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training Teachers and Leaders in Vocational Education and Training

The OECD report examines the development and growth of VET programmes for young people and adults. The report produces new insights into strategries and policies that can help to develop and maintain a well-prepared workforce. It focuses on VET teacher shortages, strategies for attracting and retaining teachers, training and development opportunities and the use of innovative technologies.

Read more.

Labour Market Trend Updates

Employment by industry, occupation and skill level 

National Skills Commission analysis of quarterly ABS Labour Force Survey data for February  show that employment increased in 11 industries and declined in eight over the year to February 2021,  representing the change in employment from before the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The largest falls in employment were recorded in Accommodation and Food Services, Administrative and Support Services and Education and Training.

Read more. 

Industry Information

According to the ABS seasonally adjusted data, there are approximately 13,016,600 employed people in Australia. Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 9.1 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 39 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,150 per week. Education and Training employs approximately 1,089,600 persons, accounting for 8.4 per cent of the total workforce. Employment in education has increased by 17.5 per cent over the past five years and indicated the median age for education workers is 42 years and with a median weekly earnings of around $1,266 per week.

Read more. 

Training Package Updates

Training Package Updates

The following training packages have been updated on

  • MEM: Manufacturing and Engineering
    Revised 31st March 2021.
  • AVI: Aviation
    Revised 31st March 2021.
  • AMP: Australian Meat Processing
    Revised 9th April 2021.
  • ICT: Information and Communications Technology
    Revised 19th April 2021.
  • TLI: Transport and Logistics
    Revised 12th April 2021.
  • MST: Textiles, Clothing and Footwear
    Revised 13th April 2021.
ASQA approves extended transition period ICT60615 Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period ICT60615 Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 18 January 2023.

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ASQA approves extended transition period CPC40808 Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Building

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period CPC40808 Certificate IV in Swimming Pool. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 27 November 2022.

Read more.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Spotlight On Trainers and Assessors – Recruiting and development
Date: 22nd April 2021, 2:00pm AEDT

The first Spotlight On webinar will discuss a focus on compliance when recruiting and developing quality trainers and assessors.

Register here.

Online: 30th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
Date: 7th – 9th July 2021

‘No Frills’ provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of industry representatives, practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The conference also contributes to building capacity and capability in VET research by providing opportunities for engagement and learnings for early stage career researchers and more experienced researchers.

For further information, click here.


Webinar – Assessment Quality Control

This webinar will explain the obligation for an RTO to conduct quality control of assessment before any assessment results are accepted. The webinar unpacks the responsibilities of the assessor and the admin team to ensure assessment documentation is accurately and sufficiently completed and in participating in the assessment quality control process. The webinar is pre-recorded and is available anytime. The webinar cost is $25.00 and you get access for 7 days. This is an excellent webinar for your trainers and admin support team.

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