The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has released its regulatory strategy for the 2019-21 period. The strategy sets out ASQA’s evidence-based approach to addressing both current and emerging systemic risks to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. In 2019-21, ASQA will be continuing its close scrutiny of trainer and assessor capability and of international education.
Key Issues For The Sector:
The 2019-19 ASQA Regulatory Strategy is informed by ASQA’s evidence-based approach to identifying and addressing systemic risks to the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The latest update announces continued focus on international education and trainer and assessor capability, and a new focus on VET in Schools.
In releasing the strategy ASQA said the new strategy advises how regulatory activity will remain focused on responding to the most significant risks in a sector it acknowledged was largely made up of quality providers.
ASQA has stated that its risk-based approach to regulation allows us to target efforts to address serious non-compliances that risk damaging the reputation of our world-class VET sector. Key priorities in the strategy are set out below:
VET in Schools—
While concerns with the suitability of VET delivered in secondary schools have been raised in various research reports and reviews, there has not yet been national scrutiny of the risks in this area.
VET in schools provides valuable opportunities for secondary school students to prepare for the world of work and to learn specific technical skills. However, there are risks associated with its delivery. The value of secondary students' VET experiences can be significantly affected when courses do not meet the required standards.
ASQA will undertake a study and consult with other government bodies to identify the risks associated with VET in schools and to determine whether further action is required.
Trainer and assessor capacity —
For the fourth consecutive year, ASQA will continue to focus on the capacity of trainers and assessors. Trainer and assessor capacity is a complex issue that affects the entire VET sector and as such, ASQA has said it will continue close scrutiny of providers delivering training and education courses.
According to ASQA there are five qualifications of concern listed for closer scrutiny resulting from emerging data indicating potential issues:
- CHC33015 ꟷ Certificate III in Individual Support
- CHC50113 ꟷ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- TAE40116 ꟷ Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- CPCCWHS1001 ꟷ Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
- BSB50215 ꟷ Diploma of Business.
The strategy also sets out the second phase of the ‘Recognising and supporting quality in VET’ initiative that ASQA commenced in 2018. ASQA is further investigating options for ways to recognise quality VET delivery and support providers through engagement and advice.
Members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) have the opportunity to provide ASQA with guidance on current industry trends. Through the ITECA Vocational Education and Reference Group issues are identified then provided to the ASQA Commissions for consideration.
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.
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