Training and the constant upgrading of employees' skills are essential to remaining competitive in today's marketplaces. Training can have positive effect upon staff retention and a more efficient and productive operation. It can also help improve your employees' self-esteem and develop and maintain a positive attitude towards their work.
Training Packages are a nationally endorsed set of standards, guidelines and qualifications developed by the Industry Skills Councils such as Manufacturing Skills Australia , to serve the training needs of the particular industry. They also undergo a fairly constant state of revision so that they meet industry's current and future skills requirements. Training packages are used to recognise and assess the skills and knowledge that workers need in their workplace. They are endorsed by the National Training Quality Council and are found at National Training Information Service .
- Are a nationally recognised set of qualifications and standards
- Are competency based – they assess what someone can do not just what they know
- Are developed via Industry consultation ensuring they contain what employers and industry value and require
- Are flexible enough to suit individual, enterprise and industry requirements
- Are used extensively throughout Vocational Education and Training
- Allow for the recognition of prior learning and skills to count as credit towards Qualifications and Statements of Attainment
- Are reviewed regularly to maintain their currency in line with Industry standards and needs (for review status and details go to Manufacturing Skills Australia)
Training Package Qualifications and Statements of Attainment can only be delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). RTOs can be employers, secondary schools, community colleges and education providers, TAFE colleges and universities, private training and education providers and industry associations.
Training Packages can also be used…
- In Human Resources to develop training plans, performance reviews and position descriptions
- To identify workplace training needs
- To provide workplace assessments
- To establish and monitor workplace standards
- To conduct skills audits
Training Packages contain…
- Qualifications are made up of the Units of Competency (Core, Stream, Elective etc.) that are required for the particular level or occupation within the Industry. The Qualification indicates that the holder is competent in all Units of Competency necessary for that Qualification. A Statement of Attainment is not a Qualification. It indicates that a person has achieved competency in one or more Units of Competency and a set of specific skills, and these Units can credit toward a future Qualification if desired.
- Units of Competency identify a specific workplace requirement and include the knowledge and skills that underpin the competency.
- Assessment Guidelines outline the conditions under which Assessment must take place. They include 'how' the Assessment is conducted and stipulate the requisite qualifications of assessors.
They also contain…
- Support Materials such as Learning Strategies, Assessment Materials and Professional Development Materials. If these materials have been quality assured, or 'noted', by the National Training Quality Council (NTQC) they will bear this logo.
Training Packages can include the following Qualifications…
Information on Training Packages within the Manufacturing Industry is available at the National Training Information Service (NTIS).