The Australian Government is currently investing $20 million to implement the 'Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training)' (IIE-SRT) program.
Through the IIE–SRT program employers can apply for grants of up to $4,400 (including GST) to assist their Mature Age Workers (aged 50 years and over) to get qualifications that match their skills.
Through a Skills Assessment and, if needed, Gap Training, Mature Age Workers can attain a Nationally Recognised Qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level that is relevant to their current or future employment.
Towards user-friendly Skills Recognition
Skills Recognition is the process of gaining formal recognition for previously unrecognised skills and knowledge obtained through work, study and life experience. It is based on evidence of skills and competencies. Skills Recognition is an assessment process and, as such, is subject to the general requirements of assessment.
The National Principles and Operational Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), available from the AQF, outlines several principles that underpin RPL for the purposes of issuing recognised qualifications in Australia. For detailed information, the relevant document should be consulted. These principles include:
RPL processes should be timely, fair and transparent.RPL assessment should be structured to minimise costs to the individual.RPL decisions should be accountable, transparent, and subject to appeal and review.RPL information and support services should be actively promoted, easy to understand and recognise the diversity of learners.RPL should have the same standing as qualifications achieved as a consequence of formal education and training.RPL should be promoted among employers
It is also acknowledged under the AQF that there is no one RPL model that is suitable for all qualifications and all situations.
In the following section you will find a selection of word document templates and pro-formas which can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your applicants: