I tuned into an industry webinar session this week to catch up with further changes ahead for the VET sector – this time in relation to the introduction of external or 'independent' validation of assessments for Registered Training Organisations. For many years now, there has been a requirement for RTOs to moderate and validate their assessment resources and training outcomes, aiming at ensuring that VET qualifications were providing quality outcomes for students and industry. External and independent validation seems to be the next step 'up' in bringing the necessary voracity to the VET profession, and is being introduced as part of the Federal “Skills for all Australians” campaign.
"There is more to do to lift quality as the next phase of reform is implemented. The quality of the teaching workforce needs to be raised, and the employer confidence in assessment practice needs to be improved." (Skills for All Australians Overview)
For further information - http://www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/skills_for_all_australians/chapter1_overview.html