Presentation on theme: "Australian Qualifications Framework Linkage of NQF, lifelong learning with employment systems in Australia, including recognition of prior learning Greg."— Presentation transcript:
1 Australian Qualifications Framework Linkage of NQF, lifelong learning with employment systems in Australia, including recognition of prior learning Greg Clarke Tertiary, Skills and Productivity Group
2 Key features of the Australian training system Strong industry leadership and engagementTraining qualifications developed by industryIndustry determines competencies (‘standards’) for each qualificationNational qualifications framework
3 Guiding Principles Underpinning the Training System The guiding principles that underpin the national training system are:Industry and business needs, both now and for the future, drive training policies, priorities and delivery.Better quality training and outcomes for clients are assured through more flexible and accelerated pathways.Processes are simplified and streamlined and enhance national consistency.Young people have opportunities to gain a wide range of lasting skills that provide a strong foundation for their working lives.Training opportunities are expanded in areas of current and expected skill shortage.3
5 Lifelong Learning for Australia Is cradle to graveEmbraces all forms of education- primary, secondary, tertiary- workplace and on-the-job- private and recreationalFocuses on the individuals life course
6 Key issues for Australia ElementsIs increasingParticipation in educationfor VET and Higher Educationfor attainment to year 12 orVET equivalentRegional & rural areasIndigenous groupsFewer opportunitiesHave fewer prospects andmore problems
7 What is RPL?Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves the formal assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge that an individual has achieved outside the formal education and training system.
8 RPL in Australia Provides a national qualifications standard for recognition of prior learning (RPL)AustralianQualificationsFramework(AQF)
9 Key Issues ─ RPL in Australia Differences in understandings of termsImpact of the Federal system on consistency of practice/fundingDifferences in rationale for RPLNeed improved data collection, analysis and evaluationNo framework to determine optimal levels of RPLConflicting views about impact of funding on level and distribution of RPL in VETShortage of RPL assessorsNeed for a culture shift to embed RPL into the system
10 Government responsibility for RPL States & TerritoryGovernmentsRegulation and delivery of education and trainingMinisterial Councils(MCVTE & MCEETYA)C’WealthGovernmentFunding of education and training
11 Vocational Education and Training in Australia – Quality Assurance PACKAGESAUSTRALIANQUALIFICATIONSTRAININGFRAMEWORK(AQTF)
12 Training PackagesNationally endorsed competency standards, assessment guidelines and Australian Quality Framework qualificationsDeveloped by industry through national Industry Skills Councils
13 Australian Apprenticeships Australian Apprenticeships offer:A great way to get a head start in a chosen career.Paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.‘Competency based’ which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level.Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time. Available as full-time or part-time, also available part-time in many schools.Leads to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life.A pathway from school to work.
14 Australian Apprenticeships All Australian Apprenticeships translate to the Australian Qualifications Framework from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma.Training content of Australian Apprenticeships is based on a system of training packages.
15 Industry Skills Councils AgriFood Skills AustraliaCommunity Services and HealthConstruction and Property ServicesElectro-Comms and Energy Utilities (Ee-oz)ForestworksGovernment and Community Safety (Government Skills Australia)Innovation and Business (IBSA)Manufacturing Industry Skills Council (Manufacturing Skills Australia)Resources and Infrastructure Industry Skills Council (Skills DMC)Service Skills AustraliaTransport and Logistics
16 Industry Skills Council Governance ISCs are independent, not-for-profit companies which are managed by an independent board of directors.The directors include representatives from employer associations, industry associations and unions.The Australian Government fund ISCs and sets broad parameters that are required to meet specific roles in the national training system.The Board then sets the more detailed directions for their ISC. This recognises that each industry is different and has different needs.16
17 The Australian Government provides funding to ISCs to: provide industry intelligence and advice to Skills Australia, government and enterprises on workforce development and skills needs;actively support the development, implementation and continuous improvement of high quality training and workforce development products and services, including training packages;provide independent skills and training advice to enterprises, including matching identified training needs with appropriate training solutions; andwork with enterprises, employment service providers, training providers and government to allocate training places.
18 Strengthened Role for Industry Skills Councils The role of Industry Skills Councils has been expanded and strengthened as part of the Skilling Australia for the Future policyIndustry intelligence and advice on workforce skills development.Independent skills and training advice to enterprises.Core role in developing Training Packages and support materials remains.
19 Industry Skills Councils & Training Packages Nationally endorsed training packages are developed by Industry Skills Councils or enterprises to meet the identified training needs of specific industries or industry sectors.To gain national endorsement, developers must provide evidence of extensive consultation and support within the relevant industry area or enterprise.
20 Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF) Ensures national consistency in recognition of qualifications, and delivery of training.Required RPL to be treated like an other assessment and is subject to audit and monitoring.Assessment is to meet requirements of relevant Training Package or accredited course.
21 Legislative basis of AQTF AQTF is underpinned by legislation enacted in each State and TerritoryEnables individuals to have national recognition and portability of national qualifications and statement of attainment.Different approaches in each State for providing State-wide policy frameworks for implementing RPL
22 Useful Websites National Quality Council AQTFTraining Package Development HandbookNational Training Information ServiceTraining Package Development and Endorsement Processes 2008Training.com.auTraining Work
23 Policy Recommendations OECD Review Panel’s Policy Recommendations:Develop a set of agreed national definitions of termsMore shared practice and collaborative research and evaluation between jurisdictionsA clearer and more widely understood rationale for RPLProvide data on the long term impact of RPL on the individual or workplace including evaluations of RPL initiativesDevelop appropriate national RPL targets
24 Policy Recommendations Develop a framework for analysing the effects of changes in RPL fundingProfessional development and a culture shift among professional workforceEmbed RPL practice into the system by:having champions of RPL in industryproviding modules on lifelong learning and RPLpromoting business success stories within industriesreinforcing public awarenessdevelop outreach activities – vocational guidance and systematic support
25 Current initiativesCouncil of Australian Governments (COAG) RPL Agenda – In February 2006 agreed to improve the practice and take-up of RPL and streamline RPL processThe Australian Qualifications Framework Council (AQFC) – developing common terms and definitions on credit transfer and articulationSkilling Solutions Queensland
26 Questions? Further contact details: Greg Clarke Branch Manager Tertiary, Skills and Productivity groupDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsCanberra, Australiaor