The National Institute of Painting and Decorating, in partnership with Ammonite, has created a Learning Management System for RTOs delivering Certificate III Painting and Decorating.
Here are some commonly asked questions about delivering apprenticeships on-line and on-site:
Q. What is the advantage of on-line training to the industry?
A. E-learning allows the student to study anywhere, any time. It avoids travel and accommodation costs, and saves time. Students can study at their own pace, and get the best quality training available no matter where they live. Videos using animation and demonstrations are engaging and fun, making difficult concepts easier to grasp. Employers save time and money because they don't have to release their apprentices to 'block training' at colleges. Employers have access to the system and can monitor their apprentice' progress. All updates are live.
Q. Is the training recognised by the government?
A. Yes, all courses are nationally recognised, mapped to qualifications, and moderated and validated by experienced assessors and trainers
Q. Will the student learn the same skills and knowledge as if they were in a classroom?
A. Yes, in fact more, because the quality of the lessons are very high, and they watch the lessons again and again until they understand. There are over 300 high-quality multi-media lessons on every aspect of the trade, created by Australia's leading award-winning trainers. Assistance from the trainer is one-on-one, allowing students to get the help they need, when they need it. Apprentices using the system have won WorldSkills competitions and have won state government Training Awards. It works.
Q. How is the practical training carried out?
A. NIPD believes practical training should be carried out in a real construction environment. It is the responsibility of the employer to teach the apprentice the practical skills as part of their apprenticeship. In certain cases where the employer cannot train a particular skill on-site, a trainer may need to visit the student or request training be carried out off-site.
Q. How can practical training be assessed?
A. The students must upload videos of themselves performing practical tasks. These videos are verified by discussions with the student and the employer
Q. Can a student cheat the system?
A. It is highly unlikely. Our webcam verification takes a series of photos throughout the online course to verify the identity of the person taking the course. Assessments use a combination of assignments, tasks, questions, and the student's competence must be verified by the employer
Q. Do I need special computer equipment to do the course?
A. No, any computer or digital device with an internet connection and a webcam can be used anywhere in the world, including smart-phones, tablets, Mac and PC.
Q. How much training support does the apprentice get?
A. The student has constant access to a trainer via Skype, telephone or email. The support is one-on-one, and includes site visits.
Q. Does on-line training affect apprenticeship entitlements and employer incentives?
A. No, all payments are the same
Q. Where are on-site apprenticeships available?
Q. I am a trainer and would like to use the system at my RTO. Is the system available for me?
A. Yes, the system can be used by any RTO. Contact NIPD for more info.