Ever wondered who determines the content of nationally accredited qualifications?
The short answer is participants from industry can, which means, this could be you.
Industry participants work with Skills Impact* to write documents that describe how work is done. These skill standards documents then go into national qualifications, units of competency and skills sets.
So, if you want to be involved in this process, Skills Impact would love your input and help. All you need is knowledge about how work needs to be done in specific parts of the industry, and be willing to contact Skills Impact and tell them your views.
TAFEs and other registered training organisations (RTOs) design their training programmes based off the qualifications, units of competency and skills sets industry defines.
Your feedback matters!
Sign up to the Skills Impact newsletter (click here) and visit their website to see a list of Current Projects that are underway to improve various qualifications, units of competency and skills sets. Feel free to register your interest in any of these projects and provide feedback on any draft qualification, unit of competency or skill set. Your feedback is fundamental to ensuring these documents reflect the needs of industry.
You can also provide feedback about qualifications that are not being reviewed as part of a current project. Your feedback is welcome at any time about any qualification. It doesn’t have to wait for a specific project. Feedback from industry not only informs the development of current projects, but helps to determine future project work too.
If you notice any areas for improvement with any unit of competency, skill set and qualification for your industry, please contact Skills Impact on 03 9321 3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do projects to develop qualifications come about?
Industry feedback about skills gaps with current qualifications, units of competency and skills sets is collated into a document called IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work – which is submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) for approval. The AISC draws on this information to update their AISC National Schedule, and to determine future projects.
The process is led by Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). Skills Impact provides support services to these IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skills needs and to keep qualifications, units of competency and skills sets up to date. IRCs have been appointed by the government and are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge in their industry sector.
*Skills Impact is one of six SSOs who have received funding from the Commonwealth to support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in the review and development of training packages, including units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. www.skillsimpact.com.au