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Spotlight On assessment:
Assessment in the workplace


Spotlight on providers - Interviews

This chapter of Spotlight On covers training and development in the workplace. We discuss the challenges of assessing competency, and the importance of developing a training plan that suits the needs of both student and employer.

Meeting the needs of student and employer

In this interview, Simon Wiggins, Director at the Avidity Group, discusses how to make a workplace assessment work.

Assessment in the workplace



Assessment in the workplace



Interview highlights

  • Face-to-face, ongoing communication is key
  • Workplace staff need to know who the assessor is and their role
  • Best outcomes occur when the provider understands the needs of both the student and the workplace
  • Students need to understand how the assessment aligns to real-life workplace tasks
  • One size assessment does not fit all
  • Consider the difference between those students new to the workplace and those who are upskilling.

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Simon Wiggins, Avidity Training Pty Ltd

Simon Wiggins

Managing Director of Avidity Training Pty Ltd.

Simon Wiggins has worked in the vocational education and training industry for several years and has been strongly involved in its development in Tasmania. Simon chairs the Tasmanian VET Network, having been instrumental in its establishment in 2015. He is chair of the adult literacy workforce development group and is a member of the National VET Data access committee.

Originally a qualified chef, Simon has worked in various establishments, including the Huntingdale Golf Club and Melbourne’s Hilton on the Park, and has run and owned hotels in Tasmania.


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