I wanted to be a nurse to help people, to make a difference. At 21years of age, I was a Registered Nurse and on my way to Alice Springs in Central Australia. My mission was to save the world. By the age of 22, I had learned that I couldn't save the world. I also learnt that my learning had not finished, it had merely begun.
I was competent - I had the piece of paper to prove it, and my training was completed.
AS I grow in age and wisdom, my skills and knowledge continue to evolve.
Fast forward 300 years, (it does feel like a few lifetimes ago that I ventured west). I now work with the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector. I have teaching qualifications and continue to operate as an RN. A dual professional. As a dual professional it is essential that I maintain currency education and experience in both sectors. This professional development is essential.
I struggle with understanding why the VET Sector has implemented compulsory changes to the TAE qualification - the Training and Education qualification required for the Vocational Education and Training Sector. I think it is important to update the qualification from time to time - that is progress. I don't understand why these new changes become compulsory for current and expert trainers. It is a contradiction in the values and philosophy that underpin adult learning. It is a contradiction in VET Sector values and philosophy. Why does the VET Sector regulators not recognise VET Sector professionals, their experience, knowledge and skills that have developed over the years? It makes no sense to me. It costs the VET professional time and money to do the same job they were doing yesterday. The (VET) world has gone mad!
The solution comes in continuous improvement through an education model that supports busy dual professionals to broaden their already broad base knowledge and skills. The VET Sector needs to step up and support Trainers and Assessors on their learning journey. Principles of Adult Learning should be imbedded into the career planning of VET Sector Trainer and Assessors. The VET professional is the VET learner and should be afforded the same conditions.
The TAE is not the "B" all. It is the beginning of the journey. The journey needs to be guided and nurtured from the moment the VET professional is deemed competent. Competence should not be withdrawn when the the qualification is upgraded.