Since 1998, Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) content has been ‘built-in’ to all Training Packages and accredited course content and has become an integral part of all vocational qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Each state and territory also has stand-alone accredited LLN courses that are delivered as part of adult general education. To develop the appropriate workplace communication and employability skills of all learners across all AQF qualifications it is essential that you ensure LLN is not seen as an issue just for learners with low-level skill.
Attention to LLN issues is not just the responsibility of a few specialist teachers. The risk in this approach is of failing to reach all learners needing assistance. To manage this, all staff dealing with training and assessment require knowledge about vocational LLN.
Taking a holistic approach to LLN can assist high competency completion rates, learner engagement and employer satisfaction. This means providing policies and procedures that deal with LLN from both an access and equity perspective and from an integrated skills perspective. Overall, a holistic approach allows quality training and assessment services to be delivered that fully comply with the AQTF.
In the past, LLN issues in vocational training were seen as an ‘equity only’ issue, and not critical to vocational training. Learners who had such difficulties were labelled as having a ‘deficit’ and lacking the ability to ‘cut it’ in training. National and international studies and decades of research and practice have shown this is simply not true. The crux of the matter is that speaking and listening, reading and writing and using numbers in a variety of practical ways underpins workplace skills. For all learners, LLN are key underpinning skills that will support their vocational learning, the development of their employability skills and their workplace communication skills whatever level of course or training they are doing.
In past versions of the AQTF there were specific standards relating to LLN. The 2010 release of the AQTF sees LLN issues fully integrated into the three main standards and their elements:
Standard 1 The RTO provides quality training and assessment across all of its operations
Standard 2 The RTO adheres to principles of access and equity and maximises outcomes for its clients
Standard 3 Management systems are responsive to the needs of clients, staff and stakeholders, and the environment in which the RTO operates.
Basically, under their conditions of registration each RTO commits to maintaining the key features of the standards through:
Monitoring the key requirements and outcomes to be met by the RTO
Maintaining a systematic approach – that is, planned, purposeful and repeatable actions to improve products and services to clients
Commitment to implementation of an effective quality system including planned and ongoing processes that encourage continuous improvement
Provision of opportunities for everyone to access and participate in learning and to achieve their learning outcomes.
Why you need our LLN kits
Our LLN Assessment tools/ LLN Kits are developed in accordance with ACSF (Australian Core Skills Framework).
Our LLN kits are written especially for each qualification. They:
Include industry-relevant questions to assess suitability and appropriateness of learners to successfully complete a qualification and
Are quality and compliance checked.
Our LLN Assessment Tool/ LLN Kits include:
Learner assessment: comprehensive ACSF aligned assessment tasks aligned to specific ACSF core skills.
Marking Guide/ Assessor kit – includes expected answers to each question in the learner assessment and a guide to determining ACSF levels from the answers provided.
Mapping to support the LLN process and alignment of assessment outcomes to the ACSF
You pay a one-off license fee and there are no limits on the amount of times you can use this LLN Assessment Tool/ LLN Kits within your RTO, no annual or ongoing fees, and no limit on student numbers.
You purchase a license for your RTO only and are not permitted to share the documents with any other entity.
Purchasers are asked to agree to a license agreement to this effect prior to purchase.