Competency based completion allows an apprentice to progress through their apprenticeship at a rate reflecting their skills development rather than any specific timeframe.
Competency is assessed by a registered training organisation and apprentices demonstrate competency through successfully doing a task, exercise or activity. Employers then confirm that the apprentice is able to apply the same skills in the workplace.
Managing competency based completion can sometimes present challenges for employers. These arrangements work best when a training plan is developed that is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the progress of the apprentice.
The Department of Education and Training has developed responses to frequently asked questions about competency based completion.
For further information see: Competency Based Completion.
Case study: employer uses competency based completion to improve his business
Employer Adam Besic of B & B Joinery and one of his apprentices Ashley Chandler are positive about the flexibility that competency based completion allows in their business.
Adam currently employs six cabinet making apprentices. He believes he has a sound understanding of competency based completion. ‘This is partly due to the excellent education and support provided by Wodonga TAFE’, he said.
Adam says competency based completion has been useful in building up a skilled workforce and believes that all his apprentices will be assessed as fully competent at the end of the rotations. ‘My apprentices will produce work equivalent to a fully qualified tradesman’, he said.
B & B Joinery rotate apprentices every six months over a period of three years, providing a variety of work at each rotation. Each year represents a stage. Currently there are two apprentices within the business at each of the three stages.
The first group of apprentices is due to finish their apprenticeship using competency based completion in January 2015.
Apprentice Ashley is motivated and encourage by this method of training.
‘I am making excellent progress towards successful completion of my qualification and learning great skills’ he said.