Is it just me or is there a lot of negativity surrounding Vocational Education? There seems to be a “blame game” blowing around in media. There is a lot noise. The system is imperfect, but it is not bad. Attention needs to move away from those ‘rouge RTO’s’ or “money sucking” public training organisations who have reportedly pulled the industry into disrepute. It is not ASQA that has caused irreparable damage. Blame does not rest upon the regulator. Nationally, we should celebrate what the industry is doing and how far is have evolved.
Vocational Education is navigating change. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to drive the industry through change - but there is support. Change can be challenging. As your business manages the change, look for support. Create local networks and be open to supporting other businesses with your knowledge and expertise. Learn from each other.
‘ASQA Bashing’ is not an effective strategy to manage change. RTO accountability is. I would love to see and hear more about responsible and accountable RTO’s. There are many. Australian media should recognise both TAFE and non-TAFE RTO’s as respectable – not just lop them into the unprofessional/rogue group. Large businesses do not need to be threatened by small businesses, and vice versa.
My belief aligns with ASQA. I believe that trainers and assessors must know their role – they must know the Standards, the regulations, the systems and they must be responsible and accountable. VET practitioners face tricky trials related to the scope and practice of their position and their responsibility within this industry.
Standard 1 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, state that the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has the responsibility to implement a comprehensive training and assessment strategy, engage with industry, support learner, conduct effective assessment, employ skilled trainers and assessors, provide supervision of trainers where needed and employ experts to teach trainers and assessors (ASQA, 2014. p17). This is a big job. VET trainers are dual professionals. To further complicate their role, VET trainers must maintain current industry skills, knowledge and expertise for both professions, i.e. industry and VET (ASQA, 2015).
Clause 1.16 states that The RTO ensures that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment including competency-based training and assessment. (Check it out https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards/chapter-4/clauses-1.13-1.16 )
ASQA has noted that Clauses 1.13 to 1.16 has been an area of consistently high level non-compliance. Not only do Trainers and Assessors need to maintain currency of skills and knowledge in their industry area, but they need to maintain currency of skills and knowledge in vocational education and training. VET Trainer and Assessors need to be supported in their role as VET professionals.
What does this mean for the Trainer and Assessor?
Trainers and Assessors must understand the VET system and have current knowledge and skills in vocational education and training. Trainers and assessors must understand their role within this complex system. This includes:
I remember the day I found out I was to become a mum! The birds were singing sweetly in the trees, the sun shining down … What the #$%^&@ !!!
No … it wasn’t like that. I had an inclining so I got my friend to take some blood (I was a nurse and we could manipulate the system – it was a long time ago). I wasn’t surprised when I got the positive result. I rang my husband and shared the exciting news – he was a little dumb-founded asking “What do I do now?” I laughed.
I had a friend who did not do the parenting classes or read any books. Like a lot of my friends, I am completely different to them. I read everything. I went to all the classes. I stopped drinking alcohol and stopped smoking cigarettes. I ate healthy foods – and exercised. I was going to be prepared. I like being prepared. I like being in charge.
As you can imagine, everything has gone to plan. I could take care of everything and everyone – and I always held it together!! I balanced life, career, husband, children, pets, family and friends…
SO when did you pick up that my writing had changed from non-fiction to fiction?? I don’t remember the birds singing sweetly!
To me ‘Mother’s Day’ is about family and family can be fractured. Family’s have skeletons. We don’t have it all together. As much as children grow and change, so do family’s. I view ‘Mother’s Day’ as a day to remember and celebrate – we have made it this far, so far! We need to remember our journey and the journey of our family. It is a time to show gratitude and feel blessed. It is also a time to reflect from where we have come from and to plan or philosophise where we can go.
But families are not perfect, and neither are mothers. We don’t all have that innate knowing of what to do next. We are not always overflowing with love and compassion. We are human, and that is OK. We make mistakes. We make poor choices and we can be selfish. We grow. We learn. We get tired, drained and sick. Motherhood is like working hard to climb to the summit of a mountain. You get there and realise there is another summit to climb.
Motherhood is not about competing with anyone. Motherhood made me push myself to do better, be better.
Motherhood is a ride. Motherhood has taught me so much about me. It has made me strong and resilient. It has made me soft and gentle. I have laughed and I have cried.
The main lesson I want to share of motherhood for me is about sharing my imperfectness and wisdom – my wisdom fraught with pain. My mission is to contribute to helping people be the best version of themselves. Through coaching love and inspiring human example, my vision is to contribute to the human race – not compete.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF THOSE IMPERFECT MOTHERS
Change is afoot and there is no way you can stop it. I know. I tried.
My family is growing. My young are fleeing the nest. I thought it may be easier, happier and more enjoyable than the process has been. As a friend of mine said “They go, and then they come back!” The circle of life.
As I have been navigating this this new-found freedom of parenting adult children, my youngest is preparing to spread her wings. I was being chauffeured by her yesterday. As we were fleeing one appointment and targeting another, her phone rang. That is a lie – as anyone with teenagers knows the phone never rings – it beeps, dings and vibrates – it does not ring. This is modernisation and progress – they don’t talk, they text... or snapchat.
So, our plans were diverted as we needed to make an emergency exit to pick up her friend – they had decided to “do lunch” – sushi in fact. I wasn’t invited.
Life is exciting for the teenagers in my life. They are learning new things and are enjoying the responsibility of growing up. They have jobs, money (in their eyes they have heaps of money) and new found freedom. They are enjoying people and places, work and study.
The conversation changed to a celebration that was being planned for a person who was leaving the workplace. There was going to be cake and celebration. There was a tone of regret as a friendship had developed between my child’s friend and the person who was leaving. When they first met, they didn’t like each other but over time they had become friends.
That doesn’t change as we get older. People are people. Some can function well in new situations or under pressure – others don’t. Some people are masters at creating instant connection – they are excellent salespeople, others aren’t. Some employees shine during the interview but then drop their bundle when the work starts. Some people terrorise themselves with negativity and fear the future - try not to be one of those.
I think it is okay to be who you are. The trick is to know it, own it and love it. Embrace the zaniest version of the real you and then start to plan.
Knowing that change is happening in all our lives we need to give power to ourselves by preparing for it. Power change by being open to it. We are all hear to evolve. We cannot control that.
Know that you are not perfect and that is how it is meant to be. Remember how life was as a teenager – when you were brave, passionate, tried new things and planned new adventures. (If life wasn’t that great for you as a teenager – then make up a better one – use your imagination!). Live with that spirit and energy.
The leadership lesson I gained this weekend from the backseat of a teenager’s car was to know that life changes. Friendships change. Relationships evolve. AND sometimes the most beautiful opportunities appear after the storm has passed by.