Unduly Short Courses Risk to Training Sector

Posted in: Professional Learning

At Gowrie Victoria we pride ourselves on delivering high quality training – we don’t do shortcuts. We ensure that all of our short courses are the right length to cover each course’s content fully.

In a recent media release from The Hon Karen Andrews MP and Mark Paterson AO, it was announced that a new report from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has found the long-term quality of Australia’s vocational education and training sector is at risk, unless the issue of unduly short training is definitely addressed.

Minister Andrews stated that unduly short courses often resulted in learners not gaining the competencies specified in the training packages for certain industries, which “has the potential to lead to a loss of confidence in VET and long term costs to the industry, individuals, the community and governments.”

ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said ASQA initiated the strategic review in response to concerns raised through its regulatory findings and previous strategic reviews that unduly short training prevented some learners from gaining the skills and competencies required to be certified as competent from VET courses.

“ASQA’s strategic reviews of training for the aged and community care, early childhood education and care; construction and security industries identified unduly short courses as being a key risk in these industries as well as the wider VET sector,” Mr Paterson said.

“It also found that the regulation of duration in VET was complex and confusing… and that there was insufficient consistently-presented and comparable information available to enable VET consumers to make informed choices between RTOs.”

Mr Paterson said ASQA had made three broad recommendations to address the issues identified, including changes to the way course duration is regulated.

All of Gowrie Victoria’s Professional Development options, including our short courses, are designed to support educators to extend their learning over a period of time, think critically about practice and apply learning to real life examples in their own service.

In addition to our calendar of scheduled short courses, we also offer customised training, where we can develop a session or training package that completely covers the unique training needs of your service.

View our short course calendar to see all courses coming up, or contact us on 1300 4 GOWRIE to request your customised training quote.