ASQA | Spotlight On trainers and assessors, Chapter 3
Chapter 3 aims to help providers develop and maintain their staff’s skills, knowledge and expertise as trainers and assessors.
Providing professional development for trainers and assessors brings many benefits to your students who will experience the most current and relevant training industry opportunities, in a modern and appropriate training environment.
Vocational education methodologies and techniques
Trainers and assessors can develop their skills and currency through participation in formal learning and by participating in networking and learning methods such as:
Continuing development in a changing environment
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a marked impact on the operations of training organisations around the world. It is an example of how sudden and responsive changes to delivery methods and practices may be required across the sector.
Providers who are agile, can adjust to new technologies and are familiar with current vocational education practices, will have more success adjusting to operational challenges. Online learning has become a particularly vital tool as providers have dealt with the challenges of the last year in particular.
Evidence of development
The delivery of training and assessment does not constitute professional development on its own.
Professional development activities require structure and a clear link to how the trainer and assessor’s skills and knowledge have been enhanced through their participation.
Professional development can also be formally or informally managed. It may not be necessary that trainers and assessors attend formal training courses, when they can obtain benefits from a combination of other interactions such as shadowing or following another trainer, reading the latest information on a topic, and continuing to actively seek out new competency-based training methods to trial.
Useful tips to further develop skills and knowledge
The VET Practitioner Resource draws on VOCEDplus, NCVER products and external links to present a range of information, both free and for purchase, designed to support VET practitioners in their teaching and assessment practice and in undertaking research.
More Spotlight On
View the webinar recording on trainers and assessors
ASQA held a webinar on 4 April 2021 to wrap up our first Spotlight On series about trainers and assessors.
The presenters include ASQA Stakeholder Liaison Group members, TAFE Queensland and ASQA Director, Education and Guidance, Emma Marks.