Last month, ASQA published the VET delivered to secondary school students scoping study.
Their support of the delivery of quality Vocational Education and Training, consistent with the Standards, underlines their strategic objective to achieve this through regulation and partnership with others. This ensures that students, employers, the community and government can have confidence in the integrity of the national qualifications offered by training providers.
One of the priorities identified in the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform was to reinforce VET as a pathway for secondary school students while improving the quality of VETiS. A recent NCVER publication outlined the importance of secondary school students having access to VET, reporting that VET graduates:
To read more about why VET in Schools will help future generations, click here.
It is important to carefully consider and analyse the issues and risks associated with Vocational Education and Training delivered to secondary school students (VETDSSS), and for ASQA to identify the appropriate regulatory response. This scoping study has been prepared for this purpose in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.
Their findings did not suggest that there was a higher occurrence of non-compliance among VETDSSS providers compared to the VET sector in general. This is good news, but there’s still work to be done.
The review analysed and provided valuable insights into various risks relating to:
Further analysis of these issues will influence ASQA’s regulatory approach and support quality outcomes.
The study outlines ASQA’s commitment to the following five actions in order to support continuous improvement in the quality of VETDSSS:
In support of VET reforms, the review also recommends that when developing the new National Skills Agreement, the state and territory governments examine how the findings in the scoping study can contribute to continuously improving the quality of VETDSSS.
ASQA understands the importance of VETiS and has stated their intention to share information with stakeholders, to support an understanding of the key findings and raise awareness and understanding into risks.
As always, this will include actively engaging with stakeholders and the regulated community in a collaborative manner to enhance quality VETDSSS, design information and tools that will support continuous improvement, provide clear feedback and support to providers so they can self-assure, and clearly communicate regulatory expectations.
For more information, and to read this report in full, click here.