30 Sep Velg Training’s 2015 National VET Conference – what I learned about TAEv2 and more…
Velg Training’s 2015 National VET Conference (2015NVC) took place in Adelaide on 17-18 September 2015. This annual conference has become ‘the place’ to go and hear latest news from VET leaders and decision-makers. This year’s sold-out conference was no exception. We heard from speakers such as:
- Chris Robinson – Chief Commissioner for ASQA
- Rosalie Staggard – General Manager – Industry Projects at IBSA
- John Pollaers – Chair of the AISC
- Simon Birmingham – Minister for Education and Training
The conference was—as always— very well run. It had something for trainers and assessors, RTO compliance staff, and more. In this post, I’ll focus on what I learned at (and after) Velg Training’s 2015NVC about:
- TAEv2 and the new Cert IV TAE
- Other key directions in VET.
1. What I learned about TAEv2
“At a meeting recently the chief commissioner of ASQA said that they believed that the assessment units in the TAE40115 were inadequate.” (email: 31 August 2015)
- Most RTOs are compliant at audit (all quals, not just TAE)
- Non-compliances—where identified—are most often due to inadequate assessment practices.
- He recommended that, when RTOs validate assessment, they should look at both “…assessment tools and assessment practice” (my paraphrase of what he said).
So what will the new Cert IV TAE look like?
What is IBSA doing to address ASQA’s concerns?
This week I received this email from Robert Bluer:
“We’ve been asked by the Department to conduct further consultations on the issue of expanding the assessment content of the Certificate IV. This will occur during October and an Options paper will be available as part of the process.” (email: 28 September 2015)
Have your say—view the Options paper on the IBSA website!
Robert has confirmed that IBSA will post its Options paper on the IBSA website. I will stay tuned to their site to see when it appears, and will offer feedback if invited. If you have a stake in the new Cert IV TAE, you may want to do the same.
When might TAE v2 (and the new Cert IV TAE) get endorsed?
We now know TAEv2 won’t be endorsed at the October meeting of the AISC
AISC meets again in December. IBSA hopes—but doesn’t promise—to be ready to submit the ‘new and improved’ TAE v2 for consideration at this December meeting.
In the meantime, we continue to wait. We are getting very good at waiting…
2. What else I learned at Velg Training’s 2015NVC
at Velg Training’s 2015NVC*
John Pollaers – Chair of the AISC
John Pollaers is a skilled speaker who impressed me. He seems highly capable, genuine, and approachable. I like him!
“Training is not keeping up with emerging industries and technologies”
“The last 25 years has seen a rise of skilled workers from 47% to 66% of the labour force.”
Of course, I learned loads more at Velg Training’s 2015 National VET Conference, but that’s the stuff of another post.