Vocational, adult and workplace education assessments

ACER’s vocational, adult and workplace education (VAWE) services promote and design evidence-based educational tools and services that support vocational learners and workplace professionals, with a focus on lifelong learning.

ACER works with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), educators and trainers to gather a range of evidence that is the basis for implementing effective policies and practices to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) outcomes for learners. ACER’s work and programs are targeted at enhancing the learner’s journey and their engagement with the important educational aspects of VET.

ACER offers customised advice, support, professional development, curriculum and standards development, policy and program evaluation, survey and benchmarking services and psychometric and statistical analysis.

Areas of expertise include:

One of the crucial steps required for ensuring continuous improvement in RTOs, which in turn maximises learner outcomes, involves the identification of learner’s foundation skill levels and performance outcomes.

ACER develops assessments against the two key Australian standards for foundation and employability skills – the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and the Core Skills for Work developmental framework (CSfW).

ACER designs assessments using a range of empirical processes, including moderation and validation, pilot testing (including interviews with learners), client consultations and trials with psychometric analysis. ACER’s rigorous quality assurance processes guarantee assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and fit for purpose.

ACER offers support and a set of instruments, reporting tools and benchmarking options to support a data-driven and outcomes-focused approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in the vocational, adult and workplace education sector.

The AQTF Quality Indicator Service (AQIS) provides evidence about the quality of delivery of training programs based on the AQTF Learner Engagement and Employer Satisfaction Questionnaires. This service offers flexible survey options along with basic and customisable benchmark reports to assist RTOs in meeting their compliance requirements whilst addressing ongoing quality assurance and continuous improvement strategies.

John Mitchell and Associates (JMA) and ACER have joined forces in the operation and ongoing development of a suite of workforce capability measures known as the Capability Assessment Tools (CATs). The CATs provide a systematic, whole-of-organisation approach to measuring and growing staff capability and organisational potential.

ACER can provide pre-recruitment solutions and services to assist corporate or recruitment partners with the selection of candidates for employer-based programs via high-stakes, secure testing.

The Vocational Selection Test (VST) is designed to provide comparative information on candidates’ abilities and is particularly useful for screening large groups of candidates in the initial round of a selection process. The VST has high reliability and has been used since 2002 to screen more than 18 000 candidates.

ACER also offers a range of research-based ability, work skills and personality assessments for recruitment and selection purposes.

 
Latest news

Call for Papers for 2015 Adult LLN Assessment conference
09 October 2014

Vocational Update e-newsletter
26 September 2014

Foundation skills assessment trials
26 September 2014

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Latest articles

The ‘essence’ of effective teaching
09 December 2014

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Professional learning

National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Conference (NALLNAC)
This annual ACER conference addresses the issue of lifelong learning and how to improve both work and life skills for youth and adults through effective Foundation Skills programs. NALLNAC 2015, on the theme Equipping for the future: assess, train, learn, will be held in Adelaide on 14-15 May. Join the conference LinkedIn group to keep informed.

Literacy development, learning and life experiences of low-education adults
Webinar | 15 October
Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University, will present on the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning.

How do the L, L and N in LLN intersect? Some connections between language, literacy and numeracy.

Webinar | 12 November
Dave Tout, Manager, Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education Services and Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy & Mathematics, ACER

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