Short courses and training product reform in the spotlight

The Australian Government is inviting feedback by 9 March from industry stakeholders on two important areas of VET reform, unduly short courses and training products.

The proposed reforms are aimed at ensuring students receive high quality training that is responsive to the changing needs of industry.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, opened stakeholder consultations in December 2017.

Minister Andrews said “We know the future of work is rapidly changing, and training products need to be able to adapt to a range of factors that will affect workforce trends including technological change, emerging growth industries, and the changing nature of work.

The current system is weighted towards students gaining technical skills for a specific job. Expanding the focus to include broader skills, such as problem solving, language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy, will enable learners to gain more transferable skills that will allow them to access a broader range of employment opportunities.”

Minister Andrews said it was also an important opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on the recommendations in the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA) strategic review on unduly short courses, which proposed reform to the operation of the VET system.

“ASQA has raised concerns that unduly short courses are preventing learners from gaining the skills and competencies required through VET courses to be assessed as competent,” Minister Andrews said.

AIS encourages you to consider and respond to the Government’s discussion papers on these issues. Your views will help ensure training products address future needs, including how qualifications are best designed, as well as the role of accredited courses and Skill Sets.

Details of the submission process, including links to the discussion papers can be found via the Department of Education and Training website portal.

Submissions can be made until 9 March 2018.