TAE – Training and Education Training Package

Background

In order to cater to the present needs and to address the future requirements, certain revisions have been proposed to the existing TAE–Training, and Education Training Package. These modifications are of great importance to facilitators of vocational education and training.

The changes are divided into three phases and are intended to address both immediate skill shortages and long-term improvements to the TAE Training Package.

The first level entails a comprehensive examination of the existing package. The next step is to construct two new e-assessment competency units and one new skill set with them. This step may be modified or extended based on the results of step one. The TAE Training Package will also undergo several non-endorsed adjustments in the third stage.

What are training packages?

As industries evolve, the competencies needed to work within them also change. Training packages are sets of endorsed and non-endorse components that are designed to cover the skills and knowledge required to meet industry needs at the time of publication.

With the help of Skills Services Organisations, Industry Reference Committees create and submit training packages based on a thorough study and collaboration with industry stakeholders. The Australian Industry Skills Committee, set up by the former Council of Australian Governments, then approves the training packages for usage across the country based on strict standards. These are published to www.training.gov.au (TGA) for access by RTOs.

The TAE Qualification Package is expected to undergo a significant revision since it was last published in 2016, with only a few version changes, known as ‘releases’, having been completed to advance some of the training needs.  

Elements of Training Packages

The skills and knowledge required to accomplish a job are defined by training packages. It is good to remember that these are minimum standards only, and RTOs can choose to add training and assessment activities to meet specific client needs. Training packages do not specify how to train learners. But they do contain a set of nationally endorsed components and a collection of non-endorsed components to assist RTOs to develop standardised training and assessment.

Nationally Endorsed Components

Nationally Endorsed Components are the foundational standards of training and assessment. A training package must satisfy all component requirements in order to be endorsed and published on TGA. They are:

  • Qualifications – These are credentials frameworks made up of sets of competency units that are used to satisfy specific learning outcomes. Qualifications must meet the standards of the Australian Qualifications Framework to be endorsed.
  • Competency Standards – Also known as Units of Competency (UoC) or training benchmarks, define the skills and knowledge required for particular job-specific tasks. UoCs contain elements and performance criteria required to perform effectively in the workplace.
  • Assessment Guidelines – These cover the credentials required of assessors, the design of assessment processes, and assessment management rules. The chosen methods of assessment in the sector are described in assessment guidelines. This ensures that all assessments are compliant with the principles of assessment and rules of evidence prescribed in the RTO standards 2015.
  • Credit Arrangements – These are the arrangements that facilitate the movement or progression of learners from one qualification or course to another, or from one education and training sector to another. They provide information on how previous education (units completed in a qualification) or work experience can be credited via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).

Non-endorsed Components or Support Materials

Training Package support materials are designed to support the delivery and assessment of the training. Generally, they are either learning strategies, assessment resources, or professional development advice. RTOs, and trainers are free to develop their own learner guides and training resources and customise them as much as they like as long as they comply with the requirements set out in the National Training Package.

What Leads to Changes in Training Packages?

Training requirements change, grow, and adapt as industry needs alter, grow, and adapt. After all, these credentials exist to assist the industry rather than the other way around. As a result, you’ll find that quite a few training packages are classified as superseded on TGA.

Training packages are reviewed on a regular cycle depending on the industry sector. In addition, new releases can be approved where enough industry feedback and data triggers a need.

As per the industry report, nearly 1,008 training providers turned to ASQA and shared their training regime during the Covid-19 pandemic. The facilitators have reported delivering the training online in addition to the face-to-face classes. This has clearly marked the rise of online and virtual training, which is earmarked to grow faster than other modes of learning. However, for that transition to happen, both facilitators and students must hone their digital literacy skills. This necessitates the inclusion of skill development in the field of technology.  The training package also needs to support the expanding use of online assessment.

Key Issues in the TAE Training Package

While the current TAE Training Package was last updated in 2016 after its examination in 2015, the training and assessment landscape has dramatically altered, especially due to the impact of COVID-19.

Despite the structural flaws identified by the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in existing certifications and units of competency, there have been other consequences for the sector. COVID-19 has expedited the need to train and assess online, as well as a strong focus on compliance while training and assessing in vocational education and training (VET).

The Education IRC has warned the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) that the TAE Training Package is no longer effective, and it does not cater to the needs of VET sector. The following are the primary issues:

  • TAE competence units do not provide the depth of skills and knowledge required in today’s training and assessment environment.
  • The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment package restrictions do not allow enough flexibility for learners pursuing the wide range of training and assessment employment options available in today’s labour market.
  • The TAE Training Package does not use ‘stackable’ skill sets, which allow for a “scaffolded” approach to skill development and qualification attainment.
  • Existing certificates (beyond TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) are frequently underutilized because the TAE Training Package is not organized to support the number and diversity of career options accessible to workers in the VET industry.
  • The TAE Training Package’s structure and content do not address the skills gaps faced by people working in other education sub-sectors such as secondary school VET or enterprise training.

How will the new training package be designed?

As mentioned earlier, the implementation is divided into three phases:

  1. TAE package will be reviewed holistically and compared with the present as well as coming needs of the sector
  2. Two new e-assessment will be created having competency units and one new associated skill set.
  3. Some non-endorsed changes to be included

Consultation

Training package developers are expected to engage the following stakeholders throughout the training package development process:

  • employers and their representatives/peak bodies
  • employees and their representatives/unions
  • the Australian, state and territory governments (including licensing and regulatory bodies)
  • RTOs
  • learners and other interested stakeholders as appropriate.

National Register of VET

The National Register of VET for training in Australia contains authoritative information about Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), Nationally Recognised Training (NRT), and endorsed training packages. The register lists all registered training organisations, their individual scope of registration (what they have been approved to train and assess), and contact details. This can be helpful for learners looking for specific organisations, or those approved to deliver specific training for their industry. The MySkills.gov.au link from the Register’s home page, also allows learners to compare RTOs (to a limited extent).

This is a great resource for TAE qualified trainers and students, as they can familiarise themselves more thoroughly with their industry training package/s and the various other information related to training qualifications and industry recognised standards.

You can contribute to the changes

You can speak to our training team or send an email to us with your feedback. We are constantly updating our training resources to reflect the industry needs, and this often exceeds the minimum standards imposed within the TAE and BSB training packages. Your feedback as a student, graduate or prospective student is listened to and incorporated where possible.