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VAC 7.4

VET accredited courses identify employability skills relevant to the course outcomes

This Standard relates to Section B:4.2 and Section C of the ASQA Accredited course document template.

The Standards for Training Packages unit of competency template identifies ‘foundation skills’ rather than ‘employability skills’. The term ‘foundation skills’ is used to describe the five core skills of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) plus ‘employability Skills’ or the Core Skills for Work Framework.

To streamline the development process for training products in the VET sector, ASQA requires enterprise units developed for inclusion in a course to meet the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages. Therefore, information on ‘foundation skills’ is required to be included in courses accredited by ASQA.

Foundation skills are an integral part of a unit of competency and must be assessed. A unit’s performance criteria can explicitly include foundation skills essential for performance. Alternatively, if foundation skills are not explicit in the performance criteria they must be described in the ‘foundation skills’ field of the unit of competency.

Foundation skills are identified as:

  • reading skills
  • writing skills
  • oral communication
  • numeracy skills
  • learning skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • initiative and enterprise skills
  • teamwork skills
  • planning and organising skills
  • self-management skills, and
  • technology skills.

When developing performance criteria, ‘trigger words’ can help identify where foundation skills are needed. Examples of trigger words can be found at https://www.asqa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net2166/f/Foundation_skills_trigger_words.pdf.

Table 9 provides some examples of how foundation skills can be described in of a unit of competency.

Note: Only skills applicable to the unit outcomes are to be identified in the table. Those that do not apply may be removed.

Table 9: Examples of foundation skills in a unit of competency

Skill Description
Reading skills
  • Read workplace instructions and messages
  • Read simple information about job requirements
  • Select, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from multiple texts.
Writing skills
  • Writing skills to complete forms
  • Write orders and basic notes on customer preferences
  • Record steps of calculation and result.
Oral communication
  • Adapt language to audience, context and purpose
  • Interact effectively with clients to explain procedures.
Numeracy skills
  • Interpret and utilise mathematical information related to statistical data, trends and classification systems
  • Estimate timeframes for inspections and schedule tasks efficiently.
Learning skills
  • Identify and use reliable sources of information regarding workplace requirements
  • Continually research and source complex information on current and emerging service trends and synthesise this information.
Problem-solving skills
  • Identify innovative problem-solving strategies
  • Monitor operational efficiency of machinery and adjust accordingly during operation.
Initiative and enterprise skills
  • Promote and model changes to improved work practice and procedures
  • Negotiate with clients.
Teamwork skills
  • Direct staff on responsibilities and supervise staff
  • Share customer information with team members to ensure service in line with organisational procedures.
Planning and organising skills
  • Sequence the preparation of services and their components to efficiently serve customers
  • Skills to coordinate services and support activities.
Self-management skills
  • Deal with hostile and uncooperative customers in a professional manner and in line with organisational procedures
  • Work within confidentiality guidelines.
Technology skills
  • Use a scientific calculator
  • Use computers and software programs to cost and document findings.
ASQA’s Accredited course document template requires you to provide a statement on the Foundation skills in Section B: 4.2 and in the Foundation skills field in any developed enterprise units of competency. Foundation skills essential to performance may be explicit in the performance criteria of a unit or they may be identified in a unit’s Foundation skills field. Note: Only skills applicable to the unit outcomes are to be identified. Further guidance is included in the accredited course document template.