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GENERAL INFORMATION

Traineeships are a Government funded incentive for employers to upgrade the skills of employees. They are a key feature of vocational education and training in Australia and part of the National Training Framework that aims to make training and regulatory arrangements simple, flexible and relevant to the needs of industry.

Traineeships are developed by industry for industry

The Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) funds National Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs) and recognised bodies to develop Traineeships. Extensive consultation occurs during development to ensure that the Traineeship is relevant and usable.

Traineeships encourage training at work

Training may occur at the workplace, off the job, at a training organisation, during regular work, or through work experience, work placement or work simulation. Usually it involves a combination of these methods, depending on what suits the learner and the type of learning and particular vocational outcome.

Traineeships provide many pathways to competency

Australians can achieve vocational competency in many ways. Traineeships acknowledge this by emphasizing what the learner can do, not how or where they learned to do it. For example, some experienced workers might be able to demonstrate competency against the standards and gain a qualification without completing a formal training course.

Training package components

A training package comprises two components; endorsed material and support materials. ANTA’s National Training Quality Council oversees the endorsed component.

Endorsed materials

Endorsed components of a training package consist of three parts: competency standards; national qualifications; and assessment guidelines. Each of these components is outlined below.

Competency standards provide an industry benchmark for training and assessment. They specify the scope of knowledge and skills to be covered in the Traineeship. They enable enterprises to accurately define particular roles within industry and are a useful guide when designing job classifications, workplace appraisal and skill development. They are the basis for designing vocational education and training courses and assessment approaches for delivery off the job by Registered Training Providers.

Key features
  • Each unit of competency identifies a discrete workplace requirement.
  • Units incorporate the knowledge and skills that underpin competency. They encompass relevant values and attitudes, language, literacy and numeracy and occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Key competencies are identified at the unit or qualification level.
  • Units are flexible in how they can be applied, but they are sufficiently detailed to guide Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and assessors and to provide consistent outcomes.
National Qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) are awarded when a learner (who might be an employee) has been assessed as achieving a combination of units of competency that provides a meaningful outcome at an industry or enterprise level. Each qualification consists of a number of core and/or elective units of competency industry representatives consider workers require to perform a particular job. Where an individual achieves one or more units of competency without completing a qualification, a Statement of Attainment is issued in recognition of their achievement.

Key features
  • Each qualification (comprising specified units of competency) is aligned directly against the AQF.
  • The qualifications covered within a Traineeship may range from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma and will include the national title for each qualification.
  • New Apprenticeship pathways will be identified within the Training Package.
  • The qualification will display the Nationally Recognised Training logo.
A Statement of Attainment is issued to individuals who have been assessed and deemed competent against a unit of competency. Statements of Attainment issued by one RTO must be recognised by other RTOs. Accrual of specified Statements of Attainment can eventually lead to a learner meeting all the requirements of a qualification.

Key features
  • Statements of Attainment will identify the units of competency for which the individual has been assessed and is deemed competent by the RTO.  
  • They will display the Nationally Recognised Training logo.
  • They will identify the RTO.
Assessment Guidelines provide a framework for accurate, reliable and valid assessment of the applicable competency standards. They ensure that all assessments are thorough, consistent and valid and provide important quality assurance in the issuing of qualifications. Endorsed components of a Traineeship may be complemented and supported by the development of optional learning strategies, assessment tools and professional development materials.

The Transport and Logistics Training Package provides significant flexibility to Registered Training Organisations, enterprises and individuals in packaging units together which lead to a qualification. This level of flexibility reflects the multiple job roles, enterprise requirements and changing technological nature of the industry. It is expected, however, that users of the Traineeship will select units which, packaged together, provide a coherent qualification, inclusive of all the competencies necessary to fulfil occupational requirements. Importantly, the flexibility of packaging available within the qualifications framework must be considered within the responsibility of individuals, enterprises and/or industry codes of practice necessary at an occupational level.

Further information is provided on the following websites:

http://www.ntis.gov.au

http://www.det.gov.au

http://www.vetab.nsw.gov.au

 
 
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