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The Training System Session 1


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  • 1. The Training System
    • What is VET?
      • Vocational Education & Training is ‘education and training for work’ and part of a broader educational network in Australia
      • The Australian VET system is one of the most sophisticated in the world because it is:
        • Industry-led
        • National
        • Client focused
  • 2. What is VET? Cont…
    • Three identifiable sectors in Australian education system:
      • HE (higher education)
      • VET (vocational education and training)
      • Schools
    • Some dual sector VET/HE institutions but each sector has its own:
      • Institutions
      • Administrative arrangements
      • Sets of qualifications
  • 3. Overlapping Program Delivery
    • VET Programs delivered in schools
    • VET Programs delivered in universities
    Higher Education VET Schools
  • 4. VET policies & frameworks
    • The National Training Framework (NTF)
    • Training packages
    • The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) – currently AQTF 2007
    • The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
    • User choice
    • Traineeship and apprenticeship arrangements
    • The National Reporting System (NRS)
  • 5. National Training Framework (NTF)
    • The National Training Framework (NTF) is made up of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and Training Packages
    • The NTF is a nationally consistent, industry-led system designed to:
      • provide high-quality skill outcomes to maintain individuals’ employability and increase their productivity
      • provide for nationally recognised qualifications, and
      • improve the competitiveness of enterprises and the nation
  • 6. National Training Strategies
      • Towards a Skilled Australia (1994-1998)
      • A Bridge to the Future (1998-2003)
      • Shaping Our Future (2004-2010)
        • Builds on achievements of the two previous national VET strategies, with the vision:
          • VET works for Australian businesses – making them internationally competitive
          • VET works for people – giving Australians world-class skills and knowledge
          • VET works for communities – making them inclusive and sustainable
  • 7. Other national strategies
      • The Australian Flexible Learning Framework for VET 2000-2004
        • A nationally agreed set of goals, principles and actions to help Australian people and industries make a rapid and successful transition to the information economy
      • Bridging Pathways
        • A five-year (2000-2005) national strategy and implementation plan for increasing VET opportunities for people with a disability
      • Partners in a Learning Culture
        • A five-year (2000 – 2005) national strategy and implementation plan for increasing VET opportunities for Indigenous people
  • 8. New Directions for VET
    • The Directions Paper Skilling Australia – New Directions for Vocational Education and Training set out possible models for a new national training system from 1 July 2005 when responsibilities of the Australian National Training Authority transfer to the Department of Education, Science and Training.
  • 9. Skilling Australia
    • Skilling Australia’s Workforce Act 2005
    • 2005-2008 Commonwealth-State Agreement for Skilling Australia’s Workforce
  • 10. National Goals & Objectives
    • Industry will have a highly skilled workforce to support strong performance in the global economy
    • Employers and individuals will be at the centre of VET
    • Communities and regions will be strengthened economically and socially through learning and employment
    • Indigenous Australians will have skills for viable jobs and their learning culture will be shared
  • 11. National Priorities
    • Improving the system’s responsiveness to rapid changes in demand for skills development and addressing skills shortages, especially in traditional trades and in emerging industries
    • Delivering improved outcomes for employers, individuals and communities
    • Improving quality
    • Increasing participation and up-skilling mature age workers
    • Encouraging greater re-engagement in training by Australians who are not fully participating in the labour market
  • 12. Key VET Organisations & Stakeholders
    • Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) – from 1 July 2005 the responsibilities and functions of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) were transferred to DEST
    • State and Territory training authorities (STAs)
    • Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) – national industry advisory boards
    • State and Territory ISCs
    • State and Territory course accrediting bodies
    • National and state employer and employee organisations
    • Australian Apprenticeship Centres (formally New Apprenticeship Centres NACs)
    • Training and assessment organisations (TAFE, private commercial colleges or companies, enterprises, community organisations, group training companies and schools