Partnering with RTO Learning Materials, online Foundation Skills (FSK) will soon be available for purchase on your Didasko platform.
The FSK training Package plays a key role in building strong employability skills for the workforce and is important in participation of everyday life. The FSK training package was originally developed to assist Australian’s improve their literacy and numeracy skills, particularly in Vocational Education and Training (VET). FSK includes the key skills identified in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) act, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy.
Identified as essential by employers, FSK remains a priority in the work and training environment, as individuals need to continuously develop their skills to new contexts, industry changes and technological advancements. According to the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults, 40% of Australians do not have the Foundation Skills required to participate in the modern economy. This result poses a strong threat to Australia's future productivity levels and indicates the significance of improving the nations Foundation Skill sets.
The importance of Foundation Skills in a knowledge-driven society is well known, as they aim to promote workplace participation, productivity and social inclusion. People with higher language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills are more likely to engage in their community and gain opportunities into training programs.
According to the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey (ALLS), improving individual's LLN skills from level 1 to level 3, maximises the likelihood of labour force participation by 15%. Industries who have participated in LLN development have stated that it has improved staff confidence and cooperation amongst workers.
Students who undertake the FSK training package can be qualified for entry-level positions. Foundation skills are at the forefront of workplaces, catering to a range of industries including community and personal service workers, retail, trade, education and training, as well as accommodation and food services.
The FSK training package encourages Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to select units that target learner gaps in literacy and numeracy. In order to do so, it is ideal that learners have done a pre-training outline assessment, identifying those who need more support.
Determining the foundation skill level of learners can be collected in several ways:
Indictive ACSF assessment
Indictive assessments involve an informal interview between training providers and an individual, prior to starting their course. The individual is asked to discuss their background and undertake writing tasks. This can assist a trainer in distinguishing the participants communication and writing skills.
Diagnostic ACSF assessment
This type of assessment is carried out by LLN practitioners and is considered more formal. It can cover a couple of skills in depth, or all. This assessment involves choosing specific activities that would be appropriate for a particular skill to be diagnosed. Diagnostic assessments also consider the individuals background and variables that can affect performance.
By 2022, the Australian State and Territory Governments have predicted that at least two thirds of the working population will need to have LLN skills needed to take advantage of opportunities available from Australia's modern economy.
Didasko Learning Resources acknowledges the significance of building Foundation Skills at a national level. Due to this, we have ensured that our new FSK resources will include engaging online assessments, key challenges and further readings, designed to enhance the learning experience.
Content and assessments will be available for the following:
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