Today’s a good day for a trip down memory lane to a time when vocational training in its present form didn’t exist. Post school education used to consist of University or Apprenticeships, and Registered Training Organisations and the broader TAFE system were still pipeline ideas. When it came to apprenticeships, they were workplace based and without the structure of modern training.
If we fast forward to 2017, we can see a system that has far more flexibility, and where training exists in the classroom, on-line, on the job, or out in the field. The world continues to evolve at a rapid pace, as do the expectations placed on workers by bosses, and training providers need to continually adapt to the changing circumstances.
There are already clues to the direction the training sector seems to be heading with the explosion of e-learning technology and other on-line training platforms. However, it seems unlikely we’ll ever do away with practical skills based training on the job or in the field.
In an each way bet, the Training sector has also embraced a ‘hybrid’ form of training where some material and assessments are completed on line through e-learning modules, webinars and online tutorials, with other parts being completed in a classroom or out in the field.
With the bulk of vocational training focusing on trade qualifications or supporting ‘hands on’ type jobs, technology can only accommodate some of the learner needs. Ultimately, learners need to demonstrate their skills in a ‘live environment’. For example, the crane operator on a mine site needs to show they can operate the crane safely according to job specifications and whilst following all site procedures. The electrician needs to demonstrate they can install wiring without electrocuting themselves, and the plumber needs to demonstrate they can install pipes without causing a flood!
Whilst technology continues to bring innovation to the training sector, ultimately, the practical demonstration of skills will continue to be a key requirement of quality training.
Where you identify a need for some further skill development to boost your career, seek out quality options through Registered Training Organisations and TAFE. Give yourself the confidence to take the next step on the career ladder, and don’t forget to keep your Resume updated with current training records and the associated skill development.
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