Incorporating Indigenous Studies in
Vocational Education and Training for the Electrotechnology Training Package
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The teaching of Indigenous Studies in Vocational Education and Training (VET), especially the trade areas such as Electrotechnology can be a difficult proposition but a necessary one. The Electrotechnology Training Package is a set of nationally endorsed competency standards, assessment guidelines and Australian Framework Qualifications (AQF) to suit industry qualification and requirements (Electrotechnology Training Package UEE007 Version 3 2010). This in turn provides a consistent and reliable set of components to recognise and assess skills to enable a nationally recognised qualification to be awarded. Also encouraged under this package is the development of flexible training and assessment which suits individual and industry requirements. The training package allows for the use of a number of different training perspectives. There are not any competencies in the Electrotechnology Training Package that specifically focus on Indigenous Studies (Electrotechnology Training Package UEE007 Version 3 2010). The incorporation of Indigenous Studies would greatly benefit the areas of the package that cover environment and heritage protection, equity, discrimination, workplace relations and diverse learning styles
The Training Package encompasses a wide range of students from senior secondary schools, post school trade apprentice and adult apprentice training and adult post trade training. The training package should allow for and encourages different developmental pathways, as each aspect of the package covers a wide range of learning situations (Pratt, D. D. 1998). A number of different perspectives for the basic requirements are needed in each area to guide each student and pass on knowledge from the start to finish of each qualification (Pratt, D. D. 1998). From a nurturing...