Review of good assessment practice in industry training
About the project
A consortium of industry training organisations (ITOs) – ServiceIQ, BCITO, Primary ITO, The Skills Organisation, and Competenz undertook an evidence-based review of assessment practices in industry training to identify models of “good practice”.
Check out the various resources available. There are Principles of On-Job Assessment for Industry Training case studies, and project reports available for download below:
- Download the full report (PDF 1.37MB)
- Download the summary report (PDF 3MB)
- Download Case study 1 – BCITO
- Download case study 2 – The Skills Organisation
- Download case study 3 - ServiceIQ
- Download case study 4 – Competenz
The workplace provides an authentic context for learning and as such provides a genuine context for assessing the progress, skills, knowledge and competencies of trainees.
It provides opportunities for on-job assessment that are fair, valid, feasible to undertake and not overly onerous for trainees, employers or Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).
On-job assessment provides opportunities for trainees to demonstrate and/or gather evidence about what they have done and then present this in a way that attests to their ongoing learning, progress and competence.
There is no single model for ‘on-job’ assessment. Rather ITOs adapt a principles-based approach to suit the needs of their trainees, employers and industries.
These principles highlight the need for those in the assessment process to know what is happening, what is required of them, and how to do it.
Four principles of assessment
Principle 1: ITOs and workplaces have a clear purpose for assessment and work together
Principle 2: ITOs’ assessment structures and systems support learning, skill acquisition and qualification completion
Principle 3: Good assessment requires appropriately recruited, trained and professionally developed people
Principle 4: Moderation contributes to the validity and reliability of assessment decisions.
Assessment for qualifications is a technical process that needs to be robust and quality assured. However, on-job assessment is a collaborative process whereby ITOs guide and support all those involved with the process – trainees, employers and their own staff so that:
- the assessment process is manageable and fair
- the assessment activities are authentic and valid
- the assessment activities and moderation processes produce reliable results.
- Natalie Bourke, ServiceIQ (project co-lead)
- Nyk Huntington, Ako Aotearoa (project co-lead)
- Leeann Clark, Competenz
- Graeme Couper, Primary ITO
- Loretta Garrow and Mark Williams, BCITO
- Martin Maclean, The Skills Organisation
Ako Aotearoa’s contribution $50,000 (excl. GST)
Organisation’s contribution NZ$100,000 (Service IQ, Competenz, Primary ITO, The Skills Organisation and BCITO NZ$50,000 in-kind, and Tertiary Education Commission NZ$50,000) (excl. GST)
Launched: Amora Hotel, 18 October 2016
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