Industry Engagement Policy

version Dec 2014; revised June 2016; revised Feb 2017; Dec 2018; Oct 2019

Industry Engagement Policy

The College is committed to ensuring that

  • The College engages with employers and industry to ensure the industry relevancy of its qualifications
  • College staff maintain their professional competence and industry knowledge
  • We deliver quality training and assessment services that skill industry employees; and
  • We maintain a strong relationship with the industries we work with.

Industry engagement ensures that the College confirms with industry that the training and assessment content, structure, duration, learner resources, assessment tools, and that the quality of trainers and assessors will result in students who are skilled with the knowledge and ability to effectively undertake their industry job roles.

Industry engagement also assists College trainers and assessors and curriculum designers to maintain vocational competence and industry currency. 

 

Industry Engagement Policy Details

  • Customisation of Resources and Assessments

    a) Consistent with Training Package Qualification requirements, the College will add industry and/or organisation-specific information to a Unit of Competency to address the standard of performance required in the workplace and context. This will ensure that assessments reflect current industry expectations.

    b) This information will be obtained by consultation with industry experts. These may be College staff and contractors with current vocational competence and/or external parties whether an industry representative or an association for that industry.

  • Industry Validation of Resources and Assessments

    a) The College will confirm with industry that the program of training and assessment (including content, structure, duration, training and assessment materials, trainers and assessors, and other resources and components) will result in individuals who are equipped with the ability to participate in the industry.

    b) Industry input is specifically obtained to inform us about the learning content requirements and also current practices against which we should contextualise assessment activities. Industry engagement methods involve learning material and program reviews, industry representative/client interviews, completion of written surveys, and on-going reviews of learning program feedback and outcomes. 

    c) In addition, information about current industry practice is obtained via: College staff PD activities; attending industry conferences and expos; site visitations and tours; participation in industry network groups; subscribing to industry updates and legislation updates; via social networks amongst other activities. 

    d) Of critical importance to College qualifications is ensuring that compliance and legislative information in courses is maintained as current and reflects workplace practices.The College therefore engages with industry regulators (eg ASIC; ACCC; APRA...); industry associations; ITABs and Skills Service Organisations; and relevant government bodies and agencies eg Fair Trading; and relevant NGOs and associated industry support organisations as circumstances and needs require.

    e) The Validation Policy and Procedures outline the steps taken to achieve this as part of the validation processes.

    f) Draft resources and assessment tools may be identified to be externally validated by industry experts prior to implementation. 

  • Training and Assessment Strategies

    a) The strategy or approach to how we deliver training and conduct assessments is determined in response to client needs.

    b) Typically a new program commences by a discussion with the prospective client about their needs. In response the College will document its understanding of the needs and propose a strategy (or strategy options) to the client and seek further input or agreement from the client. Once the client agrees to one of the proposals the finer details of the strategy are agreed to.

    c) The Strategy will address: the relevant qualification; relevant units (subjects); mode of delivery and logistics related to the same; and the learning and assessment materials and assessment processes. In addition specific aspects like timetabling of learning and assessment and any adjustments to learner material or assessments will be agreed to. Logistical details are recorded at client level in the College Dashboard so that this information is available to College staff as needed.

    d) College details of staff approved to train and assess specific subjects is maintained in the College Dashboard, which records vocational and industry qualifications and PD. In addition, any agreed College staff member who will take on a client / program specific role is identified in Dashboard under that client/ program.

    e) A formal Training and Assessment Strategy document as such does not exist as one document. It is made up of a number of documents and Dashboard selection fields that address the timetabling; staffing and resourcing of that program and the assessment methodologies and learning resources and specific client requests.

    f) Training and Assessment Strategies are supported by the Training and Assessment Policy.

  • Staff Industry Engagement

    a) ACCM College actively recruits staff directly from industry to bring into the organisation current industry skills and knowledge ie vocational competence. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification. A person who has vocational competency will be familiar with the content of the vocation and will have relevant current experience in the industry.

    b) All College Trainers and Assessors will then maintain their vocational / industry currency and relevant experience by activities in accordance with the College’s Professional Development Policy.

    c) We recognise that vocational competency must be considered on an industry-by-industry basis and with reference to any guidance provided in the relevant Training Package. As such a one size fits all PD program will not be effective. Rather, the PD needs of each staff member and industry course are actively reviewed.

    d) Staff will be actively involved in: client site visits; meetings to review programs; updates of learner materials; and trainer and assessor networks amongst other activities, to ensure that industry engagement activities provide a positive impact on the Colleges learning and assessment practices and content.

     

  • Formal Employer Surveys

    a) All employers are given the Quality Indicators Survey at the completion of a student. This allows input on a wide range of questions to be obtained and considered.

    b) In addition, specific surveys may be used to address specific questions or aspects of training or to ask about industry changes.

    c) in general, informal information gathering occurs on a continual basis given the high level of contact we have with employers.

  • Industry Engagement Policy Relationships

    This Policy is subject to the acknowledgement of the following parties that the content meets their specific requirements and needs:

      • NSW Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines 12 - Industry Engagement Requirements and 15 - Independent Validation of Assessment Requirements
      • Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 Standard One Clauses 1.5, 1.6 and 1.9 and 1.10 and 1.11:

     

    Clause 1.5: The RTO’s training and assessment practices are relevant to the needs of industry and informed by industry engagement.

    Clause 1.6: The RTO implements a range of strategies for industry engagement and systematically uses the outcome of that industry engagement to ensure the industry relevance of:

        • its training and assessment strategies, practices and resources; and
        • the current industry skills of its trainers and assessors.

     

    Clause 1.10: For the purposes of Clause 1.9, each training product is validated at least once every five years, with at least 50% of products validated within the first three years of each five year cycle, taking into account the relative risks of all of the training products on the RTO’s scope of registration, including those risks identified by the VET regulator.

    Clause 1.11: For the purposes of Clause 1.9, systematic validation of an RTO’s assessment practices and judgements is undertaken by one or more persons who are not directly involved in the particular instance of delivery and assessment of the training product being validated, and who collectively have:

        • vocational competencies and current industry skills relevant to the assessment being validated;
        • current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning; and
        • the training and assessment qualification or assessor skill set referred to in Item 1 or 3 of Schedule 1.

     

    Industry experts may be involved in validation to ensure there is the combination of expertise set out above.

     

    Related Policies

    Independent Validation

    Staff PD