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Qualifications in WHS : developing trends in the VET sector

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Frank BognaFrank Bogna
Access to training in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for individuals wanting to embark on a career as an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practitioner has been available for some time, and undergone many periodic transformations in the last fifteen years under a national regulator for VET. Recent changes to the ‘Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ along with a newly formatted competency framework for the Business Services Training Package mandates a minimum duration of study whilst also strengthening skills and knowledge that underpin vocational performance by requiring the integration of ‘Foundation Skills’ into a new assessment framework. The client (student) or employer may have differing opinions on these requirements when aligned to the transference of the training to industry needs.This paper will examine features of this new framework and consider some competing views on how these requirements translate into present and future needs for OHS practitioners to work effectively in industry. Attention will also be drawn to the challenges of the mandate for both students and employers in terms of training duration and the integration of foundation skills as prescribed in the qualifications.

History

Parent Title

23rd Annual Occupational Health & Safety Conference (Visions Conference), hosted at CQUniversity, Gladstone Marina Campus, 19-21 October, 2015..

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

01/01/2015

Location

Gladstone, Queensland

Publisher

Safety Institute of Australia (Qld/NT Division)

Place of Publication

Queensland

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Occupational Health and Safety Conference