Vocational education and training Independent Assessment pilots

The Victorian Government is supporting the quality of apprenticeship and traineeship training by piloting Independent Assessments in a range of Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships.

UPDATE ON INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENTS
We are still accepting registrations for Independent Assessments. Due to the current restrictions, we are unable to conduct face-to-face assessments until further notice. We are working on ways to deliver assessments and this service to you, and hope to have more news soon. We're still online and available to talk about the program if you have any questions. Contact VETASSESS on 1300 133 488 or iavic@vetassess.com.au

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As an apprentice or trainee

Independent Assessments, along with the reintroduction of trade papers and new learning materials make up the Government's four-year $43.8 million, ' Quality apprenticeships to drive jobs opportunities in the modern economy' program. The program responds to the Victorian Skills Commissioner's Apprenticeships and Traineeships taskforce report, Relaunch Rebalance.

The Independent Assessment pilots aim to provide consistent feedback on training outcomes to all users of the apprenticeship and traineeship system.

The pilots are managed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training in consultation with the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner.

VETASSESS is an independent assessing authority that has been engaged to design, develop and conduct the assessment of the initial eight occupations. Approximately twenty assessments in all will be developed. 

For more information about this authority, see: VETASSESS

How the Independent Assessment pilots work?

The Independent Assessment pilots aim to provide consistent feedback on training outcomes to all users of the apprenticeship and traineeship system.

The pilot program is managed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training in consultation with the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner and is delivered by VETASSESS, an independent assessing authority that has been engaged to design, develop and conduct the assessment. 

Who is Eligible?

Completing or recently graduated apprentices and trainees. However, it is not compulsory.

Apprentices or trainees who are nearing completion or have recently completed their apprenticeship or traineeship in one of the pilot occupations are eligible to participate.

Assessment process

  1. Apply on the dedicated Independent Assessment Portal see: VETASSESS
  2. The assessment will take place in a specified venue such as a TAFE, RTO or workplace. This will include a practical assessment and a theory test.
  3. Outcome letters will be provided to candidates on completion.

    The outcome letter will include the result from the assessment and set out career development indicators.

    This information will be confidential. If the candidate is unhappy with the final outcome of the independent assessment, they may choose to re-sit by applying again.

Data from the assessments will be used to improve the assessment process. Data identifying individual apprentices, trainees, employers, TAFEs or RTOs will not be publicly disclosed.

The role of TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

Victorian public and private training providers (TAFEs and RTOs) will be key partners in piloting the Independent Assessments. Data from the assessments will be provided to the training provider for consideration and feedback to the assessment developers. Information about individual providers will remain anonymous. Training providers may also be requested to provide assessment venues.

The role of employers

As well as informing the design of the assessments, employers are asked to support the pilot process by allowing eligible employees to attend the assessment.

About the assessors

VETASSESS provides a range of tailored independent services to government and non-government agencies.

VETASSESS assessors are highly experienced and skilled in the occupation they assess.

Moderation of the assessments will ensure validity, fairness and consistency in decision-making.

Incentives

Incentives for apprentices and trainees to apply

Participant compensation

Participants who complete the assessment will receive $250 for their time.

Supports improved career outcomes 

Skill outcomes that are Government endorsed and industry recognised.

Confidential career development support

The outcome letter is confidential and provides career development indicators; strengths, skill gaps and opportunities.

For enquiries or to register to stay informed, email: iavic@vetassess.com.au

Pilot Occupations

Occupation & Assessment stages 

Eight apprenticeships/traineeships are currently accepting applications.

These Assessments have 2 stages:

  1. Online theory: At home, on your computer
  2. Practical: Undertaken in the workplace. (Once COVID-19 restrictions ease and an assessor can visit your workplace.)

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing (Apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Cabinetmaking (Apprenticeship)

These Assessments have 1 stage:

  1. Practical: Undertaken in the workplace. (Once COVID-19 restrictions ease and an assessor can visit your workplace.)

  • Certificate III in Carpentry (Apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication (Apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical (Apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (Apprenticeship)

For enquiries or to register to stay informed, email: iavic@vetassess.com.au