Vocational Education and Training (VET) FAQ

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How does this affect the delivery of a VET program?

VET delivery involves the demonstration of specified skills and knowledge and may include vocational placement:

  • Practical: Practical elements of subjects can proceed at the school’s discretion, provided safety protocols around hygiene, physical distancing and cleaning are being followed. For more information, visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website here or consult your sector head for school-specific advice. For DoE schools, specific advice about subjects with practical elements can be found in the Term 2 Operating Guidelines here.
  • Vocational placements: Vocational placements can go ahead where they are essential to the delivery and assessment of the course and if students, parents/guardians and workplaces are comfortable with arrangements. Workplaces must have strict COVID-19 safety plans in place and be observing public health advice and restrictions. These plans must be incorporated into the RTO’s and school’s risk management planning.

Can students currently attend a vocational placement component of a VET course?

  • Vocational placements can go ahead where they are essential to the delivery and assessment of the course and if students, parents/guardians and workplaces are comfortable with arrangements. Workplaces must have strict COVID-19 safety plans in place and be observing public health advice and restrictions. These plans should be incorporated into the RTO’s and the school’s risk management planning. For DoE schools – refer to the Term 2 Operating Guidelines section on Off-site activities.

What does this mean for learners studying at TasTAFE as part of their Approved Learning program?

From Monday, 25 May 2020, if you are enrolled as an individual student in a TasTAFE course, you will undertake your training as per the rest of the students in your group. This means that your learning will continue in the online environment, and where it is relevant, you will be invited on to a TasTAFE campus or training facility to attend a small group session for practical learning activities only.

Students must complete and sign a Campus Access Agreement form the first time they come on to a TasTAFE campus or training facility. By signing this form, you are declaring that you are well and will abide by social distancing requirements, practise good hygiene and be only in places that have been properly cleaned.

For the latest information about TasTAFE campuses and training facilities, visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/coronavirus.

What happens for learners where VET is delivered at school with TasTAFE as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

From Monday, 25 May 2020, TasTAFE teachers will start to resume delivery on school, college and Trade Training Centre sites according to COVID-19 guidelines for schools.

For the latest information about TasTAFE campuses and training facilities, visit www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/coronavirus.

Can First Aid training continue in schools?

The Australian Industry Skills Committee has issued advice on how schools can safely deliver first aid courses. This advice should be considered prior to the delivery of first aid courses in schools.

What can I do when a unit of competency requires the student to do a practical task that is currently not possible?

Practical elements of subjects can proceed at the school’s discretion, provided safety protocols around hygiene, physical distancing and cleaning are being followed. For more information, visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website here or consult your sector head for school-specific advice. For DoE schools, specific advice about subjects with practical elements can be found in the Term 2 Operating Guidelines here. See also recommendations from the cross-sector VET Risk Analysis conducted in May on how schools can offer flexibility while still ensuring high quality training is provided.

Has ASQA made any changes to support learners to achieve qualifications when completing practical and work placement requirements are not possible?

  • At this stage ASQA has not made any changes to the standards they regulate. They have extensive advice about reasonable adjustments (adaptive measures) that can be made in the current circumstance. An FAQ addressing concerns related to both face-to-face and online delivery are available from ASQA.
  • Vocational placements can go ahead where they are essential to the delivery and assessment of the course and if students, parents/guardians and workplaces are comfortable with arrangements. Workplaces must have strict COVID-19 safety plans in place and be observing public health advice and restrictions. These plans must be incorporated into the RTO’s and school’s risk management planning.

Our school is unable to deliver some of the practical components of VET programs, how can we ensure our students will not be disadvantaged in attaining their full certificate?

  • Practical elements of subjects can proceed at the school’s discretion, provided safety protocols around hygiene, physical distancing and cleaning are being followed. For more information, visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website here or consult your sector head for school-specific advice. For DoE schools, specific advice about subjects with practical elements can be found in the Term 2 Operating Guidelines here.

    Where a practical demonstration is not possible, there may be creative ways of conducting assessments using online learning platforms and/or video evidence.

  • Vocational placements can go ahead where they are essential to the delivery and assessment of the course and if students, parents/guardians and workplaces are comfortable with arrangements. Workplaces must have strict COVID-19 safety plans in place and be observing public health advice and restrictions. These plans must be incorporated into the RTO’s and school’s risk management planning.

Is there any national advice on changing some of the VET packaging requirements?

  • ASQA have advised to continue to follow their website as at this stage there are no changes to the way they regulate. They have extensive advice about taking adaptive measures and FAQs addressing both face-to-face and online concerns.
  • In regards to specific training product advice from training package developers they suggest subscribing to their newsletters to keep up to date.

Are there any online resources for VET courses, such as Canvas?

Professional learning communities for the various industry areas have been operating since March and have been well-attended by teachers. These will continue to be used to update teachers and schools and to share resources.

Delivery of First Aid Courses in Schools

  • The Australian Industry Skills Committee has issued specific advice regarding how schools can safely deliver first aid courses. This advice should be considered prior to the delivery of first aid courses in schools.  

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