Firstly, there are the roles and responsibilities of VET teachers, trainers and assessors. Effective leadership and mentoring in the VET sector involves ensuring that teachers, trainers, and assessors clearly understand their roles and responsibilities. This includes being aware of the scope of their duties, adherence to quality training and assessment standards, and the expectations for continuous professional development. Leaders and mentors should guide them in aligning their practices with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Seek out relevant Policies that are related to job descriptions, performance expectations, and professional development plans. And Standards like the AQF and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 might also be relevant.
Another organisational requirement is a code of conduct. This establishes the expected ethical and professional behaviour within an organisation. In the context of VET leadership and mentoring, it’s crucial to ensure that all trainers and assessors not only understand but also adhere to these standards. Mentors should model these behaviours and support their mentees in upholding these principles. The organisation’s specific code of conduct, industry-specific ethical guidelines, and general professional standards apply here. I’ve linked to examples below.
Refer to clause 4 and 4.1 regarding assessor policies: https://spectraining.edu.au/public-policies/
Values often encompass the codes of conduct and how staff are expected to behave. These, therefore, form an important aspect of your leadership within an RTO. https://spectraining.edu.au/about-spectraining/
Next, we have legal and ethical responsibilities. These encompass a broad range of obligations, from compliance with education and training laws to maintaining confidentiality and integrity in dealings with students and colleagues. Leaders and mentors in VET need to be well-versed in these areas and must guide their mentees in understanding and fulfilling these responsibilities. A good way for you to start, is to access and read through the RTO standards, the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011, any state-based anti-discrimination laws, privacy laws, and any specific legal requirements relevant to the specific field of training such as work health and safety requirements or other industry guidance.
That leads us nicely to the last organisational requirement, Work health and safety (WHS). This is obviously paramount in any educational setting. Leaders and mentors must ensure that VET trainers and assessors not only comply with WHS laws and policies but also actively promote a safe learning environment. This includes identifying hazards, managing risks, and educating trainees about WHS practices.
Be familiar with your states Work Health and Safety Act, as well as your organisation’s specific WHS policies, and any industry-specific safety standards.
This helps to address question 2 in your online assessment