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Employability Skills in Electrotechnology

Effective from 2013

Employability Skills in Electrotechnology
Published January 2013

Employability Skills1 in the Electrotechnology Curriculum Framework

The Employability Skills build on and replace the Mayer Key Competencies which attempted to describe generic competencies for effective participation in work.

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in consultation with other peak employer bodies, produced the Employability Skills for the Future report.

The report indicated that business and industry required a broader range of skills than the Mayer Key Competencies Framework provided and recommended the following eight Employability Skills:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning
  • technology.

The report described how Employability Skills can be more appropriately described for particular occupational and industry contexts by sets of ‘facets’ or important work skills.

The following table contains the Employability Skills and facets identified in the report:

Table 1 – Employability Skills

Skill Facets
Aspects of the skill that employers identify as important. The nature and application of these facets will vary depending on industry and job type.
Communication that contributes to productive and harmonious relations across employees and customers
  • listening and understanding
  • speaking clearly and directly
  • writing to the needs of the audience
  • negotiating responsively
  • reading independently
  • empathising
  • using numeracy effectively
  • understanding the needs of internal and external customers
  • persuading effectively
  • establishing and using networks
  • being assertive
  • sharing information
  • speaking and writing in languages other than English
Teamwork that contributes to productive working relationships and outcomes
  • working across different ages irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion
  • working as an individual and as a member of a team
  • knowing how to define a role as part of the team
  • applying teamwork to a range of situations, eg planning and problem-solving
  • identifying the strengths of team members
  • coaching and mentoring skills, including giving feedback
Problem-solving that contributes to productive outcomes
  • developing creative, innovative and practical solutions
  • showing independence and initiative in identifying and solving problems
  • solving problems in teams
  • applying a range of strategies to problem-solving
  • using mathematics, including budgeting and financial management to solve problems
  • applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas
  • testing assumptions, taking into account the context of data and circumstances
  • resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues
Initiative and enterprise that contribute to innovative outcomes
  • adapting to new situations
  • developing a strategic, creative and long-term vision
  • being creative
  • identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • translating ideas into action
  • generating a range of options
  • initiating innovative solutions
Planning and organising that contribute to long and short-term strategic planning
  • managing time and priorities – setting timelines, coordinating tasks for self and with others
  • being resourceful
  • taking initiative and making decisions
  • adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies
  • establishing clear project goals and deliverables
  • allocating people and other resources to tasks
  • planning the use of resources, including time management
  • participating in continuous improvement and planning processes
  • developing a vision and a proactive plan to accompany it
  • predicting – weighing up risk, evaluating alternatives and applying evaluation criteria
  • collecting, analysing and organising information
  • understanding basic business systems and their relationships
Self-management that contributes to employee satisfaction and growth
  • having a personal vision and goals
  • evaluating and monitoring own performance
  • having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions
  • articulating own ideas and visions
  • taking responsibility
Learning that contributes to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes
  • managing own learning
  • contributing to the learning community at the workplace
  • using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support and networking, IT and courses
  • applying learning to technical issues (eg learning about products) and people issues (eg interpersonal and cultural aspects of work)
  • having enthusiasm for ongoing learning
  • being willing to learn in any setting – on and off the job
  • being open to new ideas and techniques
  • being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills
  • acknowledging the need to learn in order to accommodate change
Technology that contributes to the effective carrying out of tasks
  • having a range of basic IT skills
  • applying IT as a management tool
  • using IT to organise data
  • being willing to learn new IT skills
  • having the OHS knowledge to apply technology
  • having the appropriate physical capacity

1 Employability Skills is adapted from DEEWR, 2010, Electrotechnology Training Package (UEE11), Volume 1.

There is an Employability Skills Summary for each AQF VET qualification level available in the Electrotechnology Training Package (UEE11). These summaries capture the key aspects or facets of the Employability Skills that are important to the job roles covered by the qualification. Summaries are designed to assist trainers and assessors to identify and include important industry application of Employability Skills in learning and assessment strategies. The Employability Skills Summaries for the qualifications available in the Framework are located in the Employability Skills Statements section of this document.

Employability Skills are essential features of each of the qualifications available in the Framework and therefore consideration must be given to the ways in which they can be addressed when designing learning activities and assessment instruments.

It is important for trainers and assessors to know that Employability Skills Summaries:

  • provide examples of how each skill is applicable to the job roles covered by the qualification.
  • contain general information which is further explained as measurable outcomes of performance in the units of competency in each qualification.
  • have varying detail depending on the range of job roles covered by the qualification in question.
  • are not exhaustive lists of qualification requirements or checklists of performance (which are separate assessment tools that should be designed by trainers and assessors after analysis at the unit level).
  • contain information that may also assist in building learners’ understanding of industry and workplace expectations.

Delivery and assessment of Employability Skills2

Employability Skills are integral to workplace competency, and, as such, must be considered in the design, customisation, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training programs in an integrated and holistic way, as represented diagrammatically below.

Integration of Employability Skills
This diagram describes factors to consider when integrating employability skills. These factors are: competency standards, learning outcomes, assessment strategies, learning strategies, workplace activities and reflection. These factors are of equal importance.

Training providers must analyse the Employability Skills information contained in units of competency in order to design valid and reliable training and assessment strategies. This analysis includes:

  • reviewing unit(s) of competency to determine how each relevant Employability Skill is found and applied within the unit
  • analysing the Employability Skills Summary for the qualification in which the unit(s) is/are packaged to help clarify relevant industry/workplace contexts with regard to the application of Employability Skills at that qualification level
  • designing learning and assessment activities that address Employability Skills requirements.

For more information on Employability Skills in UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package visit the EE-Oz Industry Skills Council website at http://elt.ee-oz.com.au

The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) developed a resource to assist trainers and assessors ‘unpack’ the Employability Skills requirements contained in units of competency and integrate them into training and assessment practice. This resource is titled, Employability Skills: From Framework to Practice – An Introductory Guide for Trainers and Assessors.


2 DEEWR, 2012, Electrotechnology Training Package (UEE11), Volume 1.

Employability Skills Statements

Employability Skills Summary for all Qualifications at AQF Level 2.

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by the Electrotechnology Industry for all UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package qualifications at AQF level 2, including:

  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)
  • Certificate II in Computer Assembly and Repair (UEE20511)
  • Certificate II in Data and Voice Communications (UEE20711)
  • Certificate II in Technical Support (UEE21711)
  • Certificate II in Sustainable Energy (Career Start) (UEE22111).

The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging rules and options.

Employability Skills Facets Described
Communication
  • Collect, organise and understand information related to the work task and its relevant safety procedures
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirement and specifications
  • Cooperate with other workers/customers and report outcomes and/or any problems
  • Access, read and comprehend safety instructions and procedures
  • Share information via speech and in writing
  • Prepare time sheets
Teamwork
  • Work with others to generate and review ideas
  • Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team
  • Work with others and in a team to identify work needs and review ideas against those needs
  • Relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and physical and mental abilities
  • Contribute to a positive culture of compliance within an organisation
  • Develop and maintain networks for the implementation and maintenance of industry knowledge, standards and requirements
  • Provide feedback
Problem Solving
  • Apply lateral thinking ideas to generate solutions in response to work problems
  • Anticipate or clarify problems to avoid interruptions to work flows and processes
  • Identify, assess and prioritise work risks to maintain efficiency, quality, productivity and work place safety at all times
Initiative and Enterprise
  • Identify and comply with all requirements and standards for work in the Electrotechnology industry
  • Apply enterprise best practice and quality systems
  • Interact effectively with both internal and external industry stakeholders
  • Initiate and follow through on the implementation of industry standards in the workplace
Planning and Organising
  • Plan and organise activities including the maintenance and layout of own worksite and obtain equipment and materials to avoid workflow interruptions or wastage
  • Identify related industry compliance requirements
  • Maintain relevant industry and work records
  • Establish clear implementation goals and deliverables
  • Collect, analyse and organise work task information
  • Apply time management prioritising techniques
Self Management
  • Plan own work within given task parameters
  • Set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals
  • Accept responsibility for given tasks
  • Apply systematic and effective time management
Learning
  • Satisfy the competency requirements for the job
  • Maintain current knowledge of tools, devices, instruments, materials, work practices and systems
  • Seek learning opportunities
  • Take control and manage own learning
  • Adopt an open approach to new ideas and techniques
  • Commit to and promote a culture of continuous learning
  • Set realistic learning goals for self development
  • Monitor and respond to learning process achievements
Technology
  • Use workplace technology related to the particular work tasks including tools, devices, instruments and materials
  • Attain and maintain required technical accreditation/authority under the industry standards
  • Attain and maintain IT skills relevant to the Electrotechnology industry
  • Be willing to gain knowledge and skills relevant to new and emerging technologies

The Employability Skills described above are representative of the Electrotechnology Industry in general and may not reflect enterprise specific requirements or job roles.

Employability Skills Summary for all Qualifications at AQF Level 3.

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by the Electrotechnology Industry for all UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package qualifications at AQF level 3, including;

  • Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications (UEE30411)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811)
  • Certificate III in Electrical Fitting (UEE33011)

The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging rules and options.

The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging rules and options.
Employability Skills Facets Described
Communication
  • Collect, organise and understand information related to the work task and its relevant safety procedures
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirement and specifications
  • Communicate information using drawing, diagrams, schedules and manuals
  • Communicate and/or report work outcomes and/or any problems
  • Communicate ideas, information and advice to co-workers/clients to enable confirmation of product/work requirements and specifications
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Access, read and comprehend safety instructions and procedures
  • Undertake negotiations if there are conflicts in work requirements and/or priorities
  • Share industry information
  • Document work quotations and tender support schedules
  • Prepare time sheets
  • Prepare documentation on particular work tasks including evaluations, reports, timesheets and costing
  • Prepare and present formal reports to clients and/or co-workers
Teamwork
  • Work with others to generate ideas and review
  • Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team
  • Work with others and in a team to identify work needs and review ideas against those needs
  • Work with other and in a team to evaluate and report on work tasks and outcomes
  • Work with others and in a team to present information to a client and/or co-worker
  • Relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and physical and mental abilities
  • Influence individuals and teams
  • Develop and maintain networks for implementation and maintenance of industry standards in relation to workplace computer systems
  • Develop and maintain networks for the implementation and maintenance of industry knowledge, standards and requirements
  • Coach/mentor others and provide feedback
Problem Solving
  • Apply lateral thinking ideas to generate solutions in response to work problems
  • Apply operational research and research management skills
  • Clarify and identify work issues and apply processes to avoid interruptions to work flow/processes
  • Clarify problems and enterprise ideas to avoid interruptions to work flow/process
  • Use testing techniques to anticipate or clarify problems to avoid interruptions to work flows and process
  • Generate ideas and alternatives
  • Analyse information to identify opportunities to develop solutions
  • Identify, assess and prioritise work risks to maintain efficiency, quality, productivity and work place safety at all times
Initiative and Enterprise
  • Recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence
  • Be proactive and apply strategies to overcome work blockages
  • Adopt proactive relationships with clients and co-workers
  • Identify and comply with all requirements and standards for work in the Electrotechnology industry
  • Apply enterprise best practice and quality systems
  • Generate ideas and translate into workplace actions and outcomes
  • Interact effectively with both internal and external industry stakeholders
  • Initiate and follow through on the implementation of the industry standards in the workplace
  • Translate ideas into action
Planning and Organising
  • Plan and organise activities including the maintenance and layout of own worksite and obtain equipment and materials to avoid work flow interruptions or wastage
  • Plan and organise activities to enable choices of maintenance methods of equipment, tools and related work documentation
  • Plan activities to enable choice of analysis/testing techniques of work outcomes and systems
  • Develop industry work plans including key performance indicators
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate quantities, estimate material, labour and overhead requirements and accurately cost the product/service
  • Use computing capabilities that enable the use of mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate quantities, estimate material, labour and overhead requirements and accurately cost the product/service
  • Identify related industry compliance requirements
  • Identify, access and allocate required implementation resources
  • Maintain relevant industry and work records
  • Maintain relevant industry/work record systems
  • Maintain industry related records
  • Understand computer systems, their relationships and applications in the workplace
  • Establish clear implementation goals and deliverables
  • Monitor and optimise resource utilisation
Self Management
  • Plan own work within given task parameters
  • Set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals
  • Accept responsibility for given tasks
  • Clarify and confirm work instructions
  • Clarify own roles, goals, prerogatives and limitations in relation to the industry
  • Take responsibility for industry obligations
  • Evaluate and monitor own performance
  • Apply systematic and effective time management
Learning
  • Satisfy the competency requirements for the job
  • Maintain current knowledge of tools, devices, instruments, materials, work practices and systems
  • Seek learning opportunities
  • Provide technical instruction and learning assistance to assigned apprentices, trainees or other less experienced workers
  • Take control and manage own learning
  • Adopt a open approach to new ideas and techniques
  • Commit to and promote a culture of continuous learning
  • Set realistic learning goals for self development
  • Monitor and respond to learning process achievements
Technology
  • Use workplace technology to communicate with the client, document and present information
  • Use electronic information systems to communicate with co-workers and/or other related personnel
  • Use workplace technology related to the particular work tasks including tools, devices, instruments and materials
  • Use work place technology to collate, organise and maintain work documentation and information
  • Attain and maintain required technical accreditation/authority under the industry standards
  • Attain and maintain IT skills relevant to the Electrotechnology industry
  • Be willing to learn new IT skills
  • Be willing gain knowledge and skills relevant to new and emerging technologies

The Employability Skills described above are representative of the Electrotechnology Industry in general and may not reflect enterprise specific requirements or job roles.

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