Monthly Archives: March 2014

Electrical Trades UpSkilling Program

Very little formal training has been conducted for our Vietnamese electrical tradesmen and trainees and it has been identified that there is a lack of knowledge and skills in some areas of their work. The Up Skilling program for our electrical tradesmen and trainees is based on the needs of the department and provides an opportunity for formal training of our staff. Where possible the training has been aligned to UEE11 – Electrotechnology Training Package.

This 5 week program has 5 learning areas which include;

  • Low Voltage Rescue (no alignment to UEE11),
  • In service appliance testing (Testing and Tagging) of electrical appliances (aligned to UEENEEE009B – Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes)
  • Disconnect & Reconnect Low Voltage (LV) Equipment (aligned to UEENEEG105A – Verify compliance and functionality of low voltage general electrical installations)
  • Testing of new Electrical Installations (aligned to UEENEEG132A – Carry out low voltage electrical field testing and report findings)
  • High Voltage (HV) Operator and Isolator (aligned to UEENEEG034B – Perform high voltage field switching to a given schedule)

The following learning outcomes are expected from this training program;

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of safe working practices by conducting risk assessment of the work to be undertaken and employing agreed methods to reduce any risks
  • Participants will understand why test and tag of appliances is undertaken, will be able to distinguish the difference between Class I & Class II appliances and how to perform the required testing of these electrical appliances manually and electronically using a Portable Appliance Tester
  • Participants will be able to maintain and install electrical installations to site standards ensuring equipment is safe for use by operations personnel
  • Participants will understand the dangers associated with high voltage switching and be able to demonstrate appropriate safety precautions to be used when operating high voltage switch gear. Further to this they will be able to develop a high voltage switching program.
  • In all modules participants will be able to complete the required site paperwork for the task being undertaken.

The assessment criteria for these 5 modules are formative and summative assessment for both the theory and practical components of the assessment.


Assignment 1 EDC3100 Complete

Well, I have finally managed to complete my contribution for Assignment 1 of EDC3100.

Glad I was on R&R this week as it gave me time to complete all my work for the assignment.  Thanks also to my son Joshua who gave me some pointers on Movie Maker software. It certainly took much longer than I expected but it has been interesting putting it all together. Including the software crashes!!

I have produced a video and it is called ICT’s and Adult Learning  It states my 3 reasons for incorporating ICT’s into training packages and what they will be and is actually aimed at my manager as I don’t have to worry about parents being interested in ICT’s in training. 

Good luck everyone.


National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

Thanks Mark Laity for reacquainting me with the NVCER website through your post Week 3 on 22nd March. This site is one I have used previously for obtaining information on current research and I believe last time I used it I was looking for information on assessing course participants.

One of the latest research projects to be released is titled “Refining models and approaches in continuing education and training” and the following description of the report gives some insight into what workers feel are the best methods for on going education for themselves and managers perspective of what they think is best for their workers. 

“Interviews with workers and managers show differences in preferred models of training, depending on the purpose of the training. When the purpose is to remain current and employable, to advance careers or to bring about workplace change, then workplace and practice-based models are the most valued. However, when the purpose is to secure employment or change jobs then educational institution-based models are more favoured. This is the second report coming out of a three-year program of research which aims to investigate how the tertiary education and training system might best be organised to maintain the employability of workers across their working lives.



Intel Skoool – Australia

Intel Skoool – Australia

That’s no typo in the heading. That is the name of the web site and although aimed at school students and the Australian Curriculum it still has some pretty good resources for those in the trades areas of the VET sector.

The electrical resources appear to be extremely useful for those developing training programs for trainees or apprentices although probably limited to those in their first year. Intel Skoool Australia claims to provide “interactive student learning resources focusing on maths and science, aligned to the Australian Curriculum”. From what I have seen in the electrical resource area it does just that! 

The opportunity to develop basic circuits and gain understanding in the relationship between voltage, current and resistance is the building blocks of the electrical trade so it is a great starting point for first year trainees or apprentices. I like the fact that most of the resources cater for all learning styles in the VAK (Visual, Auditory & Kinesthetic) learning style model and that there is opportunity to assess your understanding of what you have just learnt.


Learning so much but unsure of how it all fits together!

Hello Christina,
Here’s a little thing I have found called Reblog. So let’s see how this works…..
Earlier I sent you a comment on the post above expressing my own observations about the time it is also taking me to get through the learning material. Every time I start a new page it takes me on to something else that I find interesting and this then takes up more of my time. It’s like being a kid in a candy store.
But getting back to David’s minute paper where would you put this in Kirkpatrick’s level’s of evaluation model?
For me I see it between learning and moving into behaviour.
Cheers – Brad


Week 2 has ended and I’m still stuck on week 2 tasks. Not sure of how much  time I am supposed to allocate to this each day but I am finding I am running out of time! So much to learn and so little time. I am slowly getting through each task and finding some extremely interesting sites to use for my current teaching of adults but also for when I do my prac. I especially liked the minute paper from David this week, I think that would work really well with my adult classes. 

I will get through everything but just not sure how it all fits yet!

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VET Community Blogs

VET Community Blogs

I am finally at Hanoi airport after 30 days straight of 12 hour shifts. A bit tired and ready for a decent sleep, which I doubt will happen tonight as I fly first to Singapore then to Brisbane. Then a 2 hour bus trip home. I wish I had a $1 for every how I have spent in airports over the last 20 years. Anyhow I thought I would take the time to produce a blog or 2 whilst I am waiting the 3+ hours for my plane to depart.

The URL will take you to the Innovation and Business Skills Australia web site and their blog page. If all has worked OK you should find an annotation next to Ways to stay current as a VET teacher/trainer. As with everything keeping current takes up a lot of time and I am sure that most of you (VET’s that is) just like me are, are finding a lot of the ICT’s we have been introduced to over the last 2 weeks time consuming to set up and use. But I am up for the challenge as I can see the benefits that our training participants can get from  participating in training that has been ICT enriched.


The wonders of Evernote

The wonders of Evernote

I am finally coming to terms with this new technology stuff.

Evernote – what a fantastic tool! To be able to sync between my work computer, my note book and my mobile phone is making my life much easier. No more having to download to a thumb drive or portable drive and waiting for it to open in the next device. I’m sure I don’t know all the features and having the time to find out what else it can do is a bit difficult with all the other new technology I am also trying to learn to use. It is in my things to do later list – which is in Evernote!

I just wish I could get that Diigo going in a way that I can use as easily as Evernote…..

You don’t know what you don’t know!

Thanks Sam for your post the other day Conscious Incompetence as I was able to paraphrase it in my reply to one of the activities on the study desk and also use it here in my blog.

The other day I was asked why I was going to assess some of my tradesmen and trainees before conducting the training I have been developing and I said to my Vietnamese Supervisor “I don’t know what I don’t know” and took the time to explain the many benefits of pre and post training assessment. Three of those reasons are;

1. Knowing what people don’t know helps me to direct the training session to their weaknesses.

2. Know what they do know means I can call on someone who knows that area of the training to assist those that are struggling.

3. It shows me where my training can be improved to ensure all participants complete the training to the standard required.

So thanks Sam – it’s nice to know what I don’t know.



Education includes the nurture of the child and, as it grows, its culture. The latter is firstly negative, consisting of discipline; that is, merely the correcting of faults. Secondly, culture is positive, consisting of instruction and guidance (and thus forming part of education). Guidance means directing the pupil in putting into practice what he has been taught. Hence the difference between a private teacher who merely instructs, and a tutor or governor who guides and directs his pupil. The one trains for school only, the other for life. (Kant 1900: 23-4)”

The above quotation comes from On Pedagogy by Immanuel Kant and is in one of the readings for the EDC3100 group, What is Pedagogy? An article by Mark K. Smith. If you haven’t read it then do so as it relates some of the history of the word pedagogy and is quite interesting. You’ll find it here

This resonates very much with me and my interest in vocational education and training. I am lucky enough to work mainly with young adults that have not worked in a high performance processing plants before so they appreciate the time and effort put in to their development. I have cultivated positive relationships with all the trainees and tradesmen and they appreciate the time taken by me to instruct and guide them in the correct methods to maintain our plant.

More importantly though it is putting into practice what they learn and if they do make mistakes allowing them the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and discuss it. It is also important to discuss what they did right so they can take something positive out of the situation.

So I suppose as a trainer I can be thought of as a tutor – training someone to give them skills for life.



How the world is changing – or is it?

I have just been looking through some of the videos associated with “Examples of how the world is changing” from next weeks learning path and started to think about when I first really had “free” access to e-mail & the internet.

I can still remember working in Bougainville in the mid 80’s and having to line up for hours some times just to use the public phones. My hand full of 20 toea (cents) at the ready so I could call my mum & dad or gran for their birthday or Christmas. Used to get connected through the exchange both in Port Moresby and then in Australia. Desk top computers were not around and industrial computers had just arrived on the scene to bring new dang fangled technology into an aging plant.

In England in the late 80’s I worked with a guy who had one of the first mobile phones. It was the size of a car battery. It was probably the mid 90’s before I really had access to e-mail and then internet and that was at work. House hold computers or laptop’s were expensive. Obviously now we have easy access to internet, relatively cheap computers and laptops as well as mobile devices.

The reason I bring this up is because the start of the video has a quote from a principles association in 1815 about students being unable to write on their slates because they depend too much on paper. In Laos students don’t have a slate but the teacher still does. They still use chalk boards. There are few text books if any and the use of technology by the teacher amounts to them photo copying their notes to sell to students for a small fee to supplement the teachers salary and so the student doesn’t have to take notes in class….. Mind you they all have mobile phones! Even the monks.

Laos, like many other developing countries, has a long way to go to bring their education system into the 21st Century and as fellow student Maria Kaffatou quoted in her first post ‘The presence of change knowledge does not guarantee success, but its absence ensures failure’ (Fullan, Cuttress & Kilcher, 2005) pretty much sums up the current situation in Laos.