Workload win for careers advisers

Mary Fogarty
Research Officer

Federation recently raised with the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) concerns regarding unresolved and emerging issues relating to the delivery of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

While Federation acknowledges that careers advisers may elect to partially complete the school component of the Training Plan, they should not be asked to take responsibility for the initiation and implementation of the plan including the entry and alignment of course modules and codes.

The union asked the DEC to ensure that the persons initiating the Training Plan have the requisite qualifications and experience and that the process is consistent throughout NSW.

DEC Learning and Leadership Acting Executive Director Jane Simmons informed Federation that “Careers Advisers should not be asked to take responsibility for the initiation and implementation of Training Plans. This remains the responsibility of the Registered Training Organisation”.

This response is a positive outcome in terms of workload for all careers advisers. The Careers Advisers Special Interest Group (SIG) raised the issue at its previous meeting, last year.

Careers Advisers SIG

The next meeting of the Careers Advisers SIG will take place on Tuesday March 4, from 4.30–6pm at Teachers Federation House, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills in meeting room 5 on level 1.