In other words, while there are some common skills and knowledge required by both streams, the majority of Wellbeing Advocates wanted to know about compensation but did not want to be involved in lodging claims, while the majority of Compensation Advocates wanted to know about the support Wellbeing Advocates could provide but did not want be involved in developing and implementing wellbeing support plans. This was backed up by the majority of feedback from ESOs, particularly those who provide separate Compensation and Wellbeing support services.
We have commenced the Design phase, assessing various models for providing flexible training options to satisfy the needs of both ESOs and individual trainee Advocates. More information on the way forward will be provided shortly.
Attendance on C&A Programs
The ATDP PSOs have received a number of requests from ESOs and individuals to allow some flexibility for trainees attending C&A programs. The issues relate to an individual’s inability to attend three or four consecutive days of training due to family or work commitments or health problems.
While it is preferable for trainees to attend all days of a C&A consecutively, flexibility can be provided on a case-by-case basis. For example, a single parent unable to commit to 3 three consecutive days could be approved to attend one day on each of three C&A programs.
Requests with justification should be directed to the Regional PSO and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Portfolio of Evidence Checklists
Portfolio of Evidence Checklists we introduced in response to a number of candidates attending either a C&A Program or RPL Workshop without the evidence required to complete their assessment. The requirements for evidence to be provided at a C&A has now been built in to WELs, either at individual milestones or as the last milestone in the WEL, so a separate Portfolio of Evidence Checklist is no longer necessary.
For candidates completing WELs that include Portfolio of Evidence requirements, the mentor’s signoff of the completed WEL will be sufficient assurance that the required evidence has been compiled. For candidates completing older WELs, both the candidate and mentor will be of the reminded of the Portfolio of Evidence requirement when the candidate is invited to attend a C&A program.
ATDP Validation of Assessment
As part of its responsibilities as a Registered Training Organization, MTS is conducting a Validation of Assessment Workshop during the period 15-16 Jun 23. The purpose of this workshop is to review assessment judgements and tools as a quality review of the units of competencies that form NAT11019 Course in Military Advocacy, to ensure valid assessment judgements are consistently being made by the ATDP assessors.
A valid assessment judgement confirms that an advocate possesses all the knowledge and skills described against the training product they have been assessed against and the assessment tools have produced valid, reliable, sufficient, current and authentic evidence.
The Worksop will involve MTS staff, ATDP assessors and an independent validation expert.
National Training Manager
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