Tips to Design a New Training Program

Here are some useful tips for trained and qualified workplace trainers to keep in mind when designing a new training program for a new group of learners.

Who are the key stakeholders in a learning situation?

The key stakeholders in any learning situation will include;

  • An individual learner or group of learners
  • The organisation or business that has requested the training
  • Government departments or agencies
  • External consultants
  • Internal and external staff

Training Needs

When putting together a training program, the overall need for training should be considered.  In some cases it will be necessary to use an accredited training course and access information from the relevant Training Package or it may be necessary to develop or research sources for training material, depending on the client needs.

If it is necessary for the training to be Nationally Recognised Training, then it is likely that the material will need to be based on the Training Package for that course.

Nationally Recognised Training also needs to be delivered by either an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) or by an organisation or individual that has partnered with an RTO to deliver Nationally Recognised Training.

Learning material is available for purchase – it is often possible to buy an entire training program ready to be delivered to learners.  Industry Skills Council’s have material available for purchase on Nationally Recognised Training courses.

These are usually available on a per user basis.  Some private industry providers can also sell their material with an unlimited use licence which means the material can be branded with organisational details and used over and over again.

Australian Quality Training Framework

The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) 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.

It provides quality assurance arrangements for training and assessment services delivered by RTO’s (Registered Training Organisations) and Trainers.

AQTF 2007 was effective from 1 July 2007, and is currently being revised to AQTF2010.

The AQTF comprises of the following two sets of quality standards:

Standards for Registered Training Organisations

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must meet the standards of the AQTF in order to be able to deliver and assess Nationally Recognised Training and issue nationally recognised qualifications according to the national training framework.

There are three standards that deal with training and assessment strategies, trainer competence, record keeping and quality systems.

Standards for State and Territory Registering/Course Accrediting Bodies

These standards provide a common framework for the authorities in each state and territory that register and audit Registered Training Organisations and the accredited courses they deliver.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Issues

Trainers need to be aware that all learners will have different language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) requirements.  When delivering or developing a training course, the factors required for LLN issues and the level of competence the learners will need in order to successfully complete the course will need to be determined.

For example, the LLN requirements of a Certificate II level course will differ greatly from those required for an Advanced Diploma level course.

Consider the characteristics of the target learner group

Understanding Training Packages is an important step.  Before undertaking research on the Training Package planned for use, it is important to understand the client and the specific characteristics of the target learner group.

Finding out about the target learner group will help a trainer to design a training program to meet their needs and meet the needs of the client that has requested the training.

Clients can range from people to organisations and could include:

  • An individual learner
  • A target learner group
  • A candidate that is being assessed
  • Business or organisation
  • Internal clients, such as staff

I hope these tips are useful to you and if you are in a position of training or up skilling others remember to keep these elements in mind.

If you are thinking of becoming a qualified trainer then the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the qualification you will need to undertake.

You can refer to more information regarding this qualification here.

Published by: LMIT

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