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					   Employability Skills
          and the
ICT02 Telecommunications
    Training Package


        Information for
   Trainers and Assessors


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IBSA Resource & presentation address:

•   What are Employability Skills?
•   Where have they come from?
•   Implications for trainers & assessors?
•   Suggestions for reviewing training &
    assessment practices & techniques




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Where have ES come from?

• Developed in response to requests
  from industry
• Represent non-technical competencies
  for effective & successful participation
  in the workplace
  – “soft”, “generic”, “transferable” skills




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What are the employability skills?

    •   Communication
    •   Teamwork
    •   Problem solving
    •   Initiative and enterprise
    •   Planning and organising
    •   Self management
    •   Learning
    •   Technology


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What’s new?

• Not a new concept, but rather,
  a new emphasis

    employability          Employability
       skills                Skills

• Replace Key Competencies
• Provide opportunity to build on existing
  training/assessment practices and
  techniques
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Map against Key Competencies
     Key Competencies                    Employability Skills
 Communicate Ideas & Information              Communication
   Work with others & in teams                   Teamwork
          Solve Problems                      Problem solving
          Use Technology                         Technology
    Collect, Analyse & organise
                                           Planning and organising
              Information
                 --                       Initiative and enterprise
     Plan & organise activities               Self management
                 --                               Learning
Use Mathematical Techniques & Ideas   Contained within descriptions of
                                      several of other Employability Skills

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Resource for trainers & assessors

• DEEWR publication
  Employability Skills: From Framework to
  Practice - An Introductory Guide for
  Trainers and Assessors

 Available from www.training.com.au



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Employability Skills facets
• Specific examples of skills & behaviours




Teamwork
  facet




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Employability Skills Framework

   Employability
      Skills
        +
      Facets
       




   Employability
       Skills
    Framework        Attachment 2 presents Generic ES
                     Framework for IBSA’s industries


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IBSA Employability Skills Project:

1. Ensured Employability Skills now
   explicitly embedded in ICT02
2. Developed Employability Skills Summary
   for each qualification
3. Added Employability Skills statement to
   each unit
4. Removed Key Competency references


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Employability Skills Summary
• One for each qualification
• Helps identify and include industry application
  of ES in training and assessment strategies
           Employability Skills Summary
           ICT20308 – Certificate II in Telecommunications Cabling
           The following list summarises the Employability Skills required for a Person whose primary function is the
           installation of telecommunications and data cabling on a customers premises. The Employability Skills facets
           described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.


            Employability Skill      Industry requirements for this qualification include:
            Communication               Confirming approval for time and method of site access with customers
                                        Documenting and communicating work-related information, including
                                         reporting of faults and problems
            Teamwork                    Participating in a team structure by identifying team members, tasks and
                                         goals and recognising and responding positively to conflict

            Problem Solving             Determining cable routes taking into account building services, safety,
                                         industry codes and practices, and customer requirements
                                        Evaluating earthing needs for cable systems on customer premises
                                        Following up promptly on difficulties and known problem areas
            Initiative and              Reading and understanding plans and designs to acknowledge local
            Enterprise                   physical conditions
                                        Identifying issues and possible solutions within established guidelines
            Planning and                Planning and organising installation and operation of telecommunications
            Organising                   equipment and products
            Self-management             Relating own role to the industry and establishing own work schedule
                                        Using strategies to present a professional image to customers
            Learning                    Seeking assistance from team members
                                        Giving and receiving feedback
                                        Providing suitable training and assessment opportunities for work team
                                         members
                                                                                                                    See Attachment 3
            Technology                  Installing and operating telecommunications equipment and products



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Changes to units
• Employability Skills statement added to each
  unit
• References to Key Competencies deleted
• Units modified, where appropriate, to make
  Employability Skills more explicit and to fill
  identified gaps.




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Statement in each unit
   “This unit contains Employability Skills.”




                             See Attachments 6 and 7



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Identifying ES embedded in units

• Need to unpack ES in specific context & setting


      ES                               AQF
    Summary
                     Unit of
                   Competency
      Job                             Typical
      role                           workplace



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  Embedded Employability Skills See Attachment 4
Qualification: Certificate II in Telecommunications Cabling
Unit: Work effectively in a telecommunications technology team
3 Participate in   3.1 Identify members and roles of team
  team structure   3.2 Identify and contribute to team tasks   Teamwork
                       and goals
                   3.3 Seek assistance from team members
                       when necessary
                   3.4 Give and receive feedback to assist
                       in meeting team and organisational
                       goals
                   3.5 Recognise and respond positively to
Learning
                       conflict within team
                   3.6 Identify and use strategies for
                       projecting a professional image
                                                        Self-management

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   Embedded Employability Skills See Attachment 4
 Qualification: Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks
 Unit: Follow OHS and environmental policies and procedures
                                                              Communication
 2 Contribute to 2.1 Raise OHS issues with designated         Self-management
   the               personnel in accordance with
   management        workplace procedures and relevant
   of OHS            OHS legislation
                 2.2 Contribute to participative
                     arrangements for OHS management
                     in the workplace within organisational
                     procedures and scope of
                     responsibilities and competencies
Communication
Teamwork
Problem solving



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Performance requirements

Employability Skills performance defined by:
• unit of competence itself
• qualification level according to Australian
  Qualifications Framework (AQF)




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Training and assessment practices
• Deliver and assess ES in relation to the
  unit, not separately
• Methods will vary according to:
  – AQF level
  – context of delivery (workplace, classroom or
    flexible).
• RPL approaches may produce useful
  evidence of competence.


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Training and Assessment Strategies
• Range of activities to support each skill
• For example:
 Employability Skill           Training and Assessment Strategies and Activities
Communication          •   Preparing and presenting written and verbal reports
                       •   Demonstrations
                       •   Working in groups
                       •   Workplace tasks, simulations & role plays involving
                            – workplace information & documents
                            – verbal & non-verbal communication
                            – clients (internal/external), teams & networks
                            – networking & negotiating
                            – ...
                                              Attachment 7 presents suggested
                                              activities to support each skill

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What should learners know?
• what Employability Skills are
• that employers value ES
• that they are defined in an Employability
  Skills Summary
• that they are part of their training and
  assessment

  Attachment 8 presents      CDROM contains learner
  information for learners   information in MS Word format


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What should employers know?
• what Employability Skills are
• that they have been identified and defined
  nationally
• that they are embedded in qualifications
  and units of competence
• that they are part of VET training and
  assessment
  Attachment 9 presents       CDROM contains employer
  information for employers   information in MS Word format


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What should trainers and assessors
know?
• what Employability Skills are
• that employers value them
• that they are now embedded in
  qualifications and units of competence
• that they are to be delivered and assessed
  in context of units of competence
• that training and assessment strategies
  may need to be enhanced

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Employability Skills and AQTF 2007
In part, the Essential Standards for
  Registration under AQTF 2007 require
  RTOs to:
• Ensure trainers and assessors continue to
  develop their competencies (Element 1.4c)
• Ensure assessments meet all the Training
  Package requirements (Elements 1.3, 1.5)
• Develop and continuously improve training
  and assessment strategies (Elements 1.1,
  1.2)
                           Attachment 10 presents some
                           questions for RTOs to consider   23
Reviewing your current strategies

Some questions RTOs need to consider:
• Which areas should we focus on?
• When will we do it?
• Who will organise the session?
• Who will facilitate the session?

                    Attachment 11 presents guidelines
                    for organising and facilitating a
                    review


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Resource and presentation addressed:

• What are Employability Skills?
• Where have they come from?
• Implications for trainers and
  assessors?
• Suggestions for reviewing training and
  assessment practices and techniques



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