Hubby and I were in at TAFE the other day and I grabbed a skills recognition flyer thinking there’d be a blog post in that! 😉
In a country where the idea of having qualified staff is growing, Skills Recognition has been introduced into Australia. So what is skills recognition? It’s a process that Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) use to assess someone’s skill level and what qualifications they might be eligible for.
An example: let’s say I’ve been working in the Thoroughbred stud industry for a few years. It could perhaps be assumed that I’d gained experience in:
- mares giving birth
- assisting with live covers
- weaning of foals
- weanling and yearling sales preparation
- feeding horses
- general horse care
- basic stable duties
The experience that I acquired over these years may be enough to earn me part or all of a Certificate III in Agriculture (Horse Breeding). This could be a great thing!
If I can prove my skills to the Registered Training Organisation, I may be able to gain a qualification without having to actually attend a full time course. Because qualification demands are increasing in the horse industry but many can’t afford to leave their job to gain one, skills recognition can be a great way to go.
Perhaps you’re an employer and you want to show your clients that you have knowledgeable, qualified staff. Skills recognition may be worth discussing with them!
Want to find out more? Check out an older post of mine, Turning Skills into a Qualification or contact your local TAFE facility to see if they can offer you recognition in an area of interest.
“Dressage riding comprises many skills, several of which are acquired by jumping and riding cross-country, or on trails.” – Charles de Kunffy