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Case for Change
The TAE Training Package was last reviewed in 2015 and uploaded in 2016. In the five years since, the VET teaching, training and assessment landscape has drastically changed. The IRC considers that the TAE Training Package is currently not fit for purpose and does not fully address the needs of the VET sector for the following reasons:
- TAE units of competency do not deliver the variety, nor depth, of skills and knowledge that are relevant in a modern VET teaching, training and assessment environment;
- The packaging rules of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment do not provide adequate flexibility for learners pursuing the variety of VET teaching, training and assessment job roles that exist in the modern labour market;
- The TAE Training Package does not make use of ‘stackable’ skill sets that allow for a ‘scaffolded’ approach to skill development and attainment of qualifications;
- The TAE Training Package is not structured to support the range, and diversity of career pathways available to workers in the VET industry, meaning that existing qualifications (beyond TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) are often underutilised;
- The structure and content of the TAE Training Package does not address the skills gaps of those working in other education sub-sectors such as VET for Secondary Students or enterprise training.
As a result, the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is proposing a holistic review of the TAE Training Package to ensure it aligns with the current skills needs of the VET sector and provides greater pathways into the profession.
What is being proposed?
- Holistic review of the TAE Training Package: the Education IRC is proposing a holistic review of six qualifications and 55 units of competency in the TAE Training Package. This project is proposed to run until end-2022.
- E-assessment project: The Education IRC is also proposing an urgent response is required to address an identified gap in e-assessment in the TAE Training Package. The IRC proposes the development of two new units of competency and one skill set. This project is proposed to run until January 2022.
The Case for Change is expected to be considered at the AISC meeting in August 2021.
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The Education IRC is keen to ensure we hear from a diverse and broad range of stakeholders across this project, and is excited about the improvements that can be made to the TAE Training Package. Pending approval in August 2021, communications will be shared around consultation and opportunities to contribute to this important review.