The recent update might look pretty similar at a glance, but we have launched some pretty big
The new navigation options are much simpler and make the site easier to get around. The site itself has been broken up into three ‘sub sites’ for domestic students, international students and employers or industry clients. The top level menu items feature the popular courses or services relevant to the sub site, and all of the less commonly accessed items have been moved to the footer menu.
INTEGRATED ENQUIRY FUNCTION
The updated Search and Enquire form allows you to easily search for courses, submit an enquiry, or start the application process from any page on the website. There are less scary fields and the form is integrated directly with our National Customer Engagement Centre to ensure we will get back to you quickly.>
The homepage and internal pages have all been given an overhaul so they contain less clutter and less page elements. The treatment of headings, text and objects has also been tweaked to make everything appear more consistently styled and more professional.
If you return to our website over the coming weeks or months, you will continue to see small changes as we review and refresh all of the content to bring you the information you need.
VET Quality Framework: Audit Results
As part or the application process to become a Pre-qualified Supplier under the User Choice 2010 – 2015 program, Careers Australia Education Institute is required to publish audit information in relation to it’s compliance with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) or VET Quality Framework.
The User Choice program provides public funding paid directly to Pre-qualified Suppliers for the delivery of accredited entry-level training to eligible Apprentices and Trainees.
The AQTF or VET Quality Framework is the national set of standards which assures nationally consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training system.
An AQTF audit reviews evidence of an organisations’ compliance with the requirements of the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards of Initial/Continuing Registration to confirm that it is achieving quality training and assessment outcomes. The process also identifies opportunities for improvement on these outcomes.
A VET Quality Framework audit of a registered training organisation reviews evidence of compliance with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework to confirm that it is achieving quality training and assessment outcomes. The process also identifies opportunities for improvement on these outcomes.
This information is published to assist apprentices, trainees and their employers to make informed decisions regarding their selection of a Pre-qualified Supplier for the delivery of training and assessment services.
[ DATE RANGE ]
|Start Date||End Date|
[ QUALIFICATIONS AUDITED ]
|Qualification Code||Qualification Name|
||Certificate III in Aged Care
||Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
[ OUTCOMES & RECTIFICATIONS ]
|Was non-compliance identified?||Severity*||Summary||Actions||Has the issue been rectified?|
||Review and revise assessment tools to ensure that the requirements of the competency will be met, including vocational placement.
Review and revise handbooks to include accurate information.
|Strengthened our assessment processes and instructions.
Updated domestic student handbook and course specific handbooks to include more accurate and current information.
[ IDENTIFIED STRENGTHS ]
|The auditors noted a number of strengths in Careers Australia's qualifications through the audit process:
- All policies and procedures are maintained on the RTO Intranet and are accessible to all employees. This ensures that the latest available documents are available to all staff.
- A file validation process is conducted upon completion of a course to verify that the start and end dates for each unit of competency recorded in VETtrak align with actual training delivery.
[ EXPLANATORY NOTES ]
|Non-compliance with the AQTF or VET Quality Framework means that requirements of the have not been met based on the evidence reviewed. Non-compliances are categorised as minor, significant or critical. For the purposes of the User Choice 2010 – 2015 program, only significant and Critical non-compliances need to be published:
- Minor: No, or minor, adverse impact on learners with no serious breakdown of provision of quality training and assessment.
- Significant: Significant adverse impact on learners with insufficient focus on quality training and assessment outcomes.
- Critical: Critical adverse impact on learners with widespread or persistent dissatisfaction with services and outcomes.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has approved for Careers Australia to commence delivery of the Diploma of Nursing in New South Wales.
ANMAC is responsible for setting and monitoring standards for the approval of accredited providers to ensure nurses and midwives are able to practice in a safe and competent manner to achieve quality patient outcomes. The Council is responsible for the accreditation of courses in nursing and midwifery leading to eligibility for registration, enrolment for practice.
Keomany Khounthavong, General Manager of Quality and Risk, said that to obtain this approval, Careers Australia has demonstrated that:
Our values and goals that are consistent with continuous quality improvement.
We have effective internal mechanisms to ensure the provision of quality education.
We provide sufficient resources for our students to complete their studies.
Our course design supports the development and preparation of graduates for safe and competent practice.
NATIONAL TRAINING FOOTPRINT
Careers Australia already offers the Diploma of Nursing in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, and plans to commence training in Sydney from Wednesday 3 October 2012, making us the first truly national provider of the Diploma of Nursing in Australia.
This national footprint means that students have the freedom to study wherever they want, and it also gives us the capacity to work effectively with national clients and partner organisations such as; The Wesley Hospital, Healthscope, Regis, Ramsays Anglicare, Wesley Mission, Catholic Healthcare, Prime Life and many others.
WORLD CLASS FACILITIES
Walking into a health care facility for the first time can be a daunting experience for many students, which is why our healthcare facilities are equipped with high quality Clinical Skills Laboratories. The Skills Labs are built to simulate a real hospital or aged care ward and contain patient simulators and up-to-date medical equipment.
With these facilities, students are able to participate in intensive hands-on training which provides them with the skills to administer high level health care once in the work-place. The facilities are second to none for learning high level specialist skills.
REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
We arrange work experience for our students in a range of healthcare facilities such as aged care homes, acute and rehabilitation hospitals. These placements run for around 11 weeks and are spread across the 18 months of study.
Clinical placements give students an opportunity to apply the skills they have been learning in their studies and also to start building rapport with industry and employers.
REAL CAREER PATHWAYS
Graduates from our Diploma of Nursing course are eligible for entry into a number of Bachelor of Nursing programs at leading Australian Universities.
Another option for new graduate Enrolled Nurses is to undertake a Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program year at an established major hospital. This year enables graduates to experience a wide range of nursing in specialty areas of the hospital and grow the knowledge they have obtained throughout their studies.
There is a vast range of career options within the health and allied industries, which means that there is an interesting career path to suit everyone who is attracted to Nursing in the 21st century.
Careers Australia is about to launch the pilot program for their innovative new blended apprenticeship training model, which promises to revolutionise trades training from the ground up.
WELCOME TO FUTURE EDUCATION
A team of specialist staff have been working with industry consultants and global technology vendors for almost a year to develop the Future Education Framework.
Not happy with established training methodologies, the team decided to rethink everything and consider any options! The Future Education Framework offers a highly efficient, effective and scalable approach to training delivery which is supported by wide ranging empirical research.
It includes some of the things we have learned from decades of teaching and training, cutting edge research from leading academics, emerging information and communications technologies, as well as significant social and cultural trends and industry and lifestyle factors.
THE FUTURE IS DESIGNED FOR EVERYONE
Future Education gives students and apprentices a more effective, more flexible, more interactive, more relevant and more modern educational experience.
> Convenient Modular Content
People are more likely to retain information if it is delivered in small segments rather than a single and larger block. Because of the established and accelerating decline in human attention spans, this is more important than ever before.
The logical solution was to break our course content down into small and specific chunks, that students can complete, review, repeat, or skim over at whatever pace they choose.
Modular content empowers students and apprentices to cover a single topic in 5 minutes while they are waiting for a bus, or cluster a series of chunks together to fill an entire afternoon if they have some free time.
> Personal Learning Experience
Different people all learn more effectively through different learning styles or methods, so we try to provide our content in as many different formats as possible and let students choose their own learning pathway including;
- High definition video...
Mini-lectures or demonstrations which can be streamed to any internet connected device.
- Audio podcasts...
A great option when apprentices spend a lot of time driving between jobs.
- eLearning modules...
The evolution of traditional textbooks can include interactive multimedia, engaging activities, or review tests to ensure comprehension.
> Live and Transparent Reporting
Detailed reports allow students and employers to monitor course progress, review how long they have spent on the system, and receive assessment results and feedback. There are also a number of automated ‘early warning’ systems which let students, employers and trainers know when someone is falling behind their peers!
THE FUTURE OFFERS GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR EMPLOYERS
Traditional apprenticeship training is delivered through lengthy ‘blocks’, where apprentices are required to travel to a training centre for up to eight week every year! Based on overwhelming feedback from our clients and industry partners, the Future Education Framework gives employers as much flexibility as we could possibly squeeze into it!
Our industry leading eLearning portal allows students and apprentices to access highly interactive, engaging and informative self-paced learning and resources from
anywhere. The portal also includes a range of social, support and collaboration tools including real-time video chat or virtual classrooms to ensure that help is never far away.
One of the more significant benefits to employers is a massive 70% reduction in staff downtime due to scheduled training!
Employers are obviously still required to give apprentices time to complete their studies, but because training isn’t rigidly scheduled it means that apprentices can study when work is quiet and it is convenient.
It’s worth noting that the traditional model of delivery is still available to employers if it is a better fit for their business.
The flexibility of the Future Education Framework means that every apprenticeship is going to be a new and unique journey for all involved!
THE FUTURE IS ENDORSED AND ALMOST HERE
Careers Australia consulted a number of their major clients, regulators and industry associations throughout the development process to ensure that the new Future Education Framework and the my.Careers online learning portal would offer one of the most effective training solutions on the market.
> Carpentry @ All Trades Queensland
All Trades Queensland has grown to become Australia’s largest private employer of apprentices and trainees for the Engineering, Construction and Automotive industries with over 1,600 Apprentices and Trainees.
All Trades have an intimate understanding of apprenticeship training and they are specialists in the Construction industry, so we are very excited to be working with them to pilot our new Blended Certificate III in Carpentry program with a group of their apprentices.
> Electrical @ Stowe Australia
Stowe Australia is Australia’s leading privately owned electrical and communications contracting organisation with annual revenues over $400 million and 1,700 direct employees.
Stowe have an established industry reputation for performance, quality and reliability, which is why we have partnered with them to pilot our upcoming Blended Certificate III in Electrotechnology pilot.
Keep an eye out for more updates about ‘The Future’ because it will be here before you know it!