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NVC Master Class: Focus on Foundation Skills: Essential for the future VET workforce

12 September 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre, Gilbert Suite

2018NVC Master Class

Foundation skills are relevant to everyone in VET - they underpin the ability to perform all jobs and successfully undertake training. 21st century workplaces are driven by technological advancement and continuous change. Today’s workers need broader, more complex, and more versatile skills than ever before. Foundation skills are a critical starting point for effective vocational education and skill development.

In this practical workshop, attendees will learn how to build on and enhance learners’ foundation skills to prepare workers for the modern workforce. We will identify where giving priority to foundation skills is essential from the start to the finish of training. Strategies for foundation skills that are the most important to work performance, yet the least understood, will be addressed. Your experience will be essential as you reflect on activities and identify implications for your own training. We’ll give you time to help identify some key ‘takeaway’ concepts and strategies you can use to help your adult learners meet 21st century competency outcomes.

Key topics covered in the Master Class

This Master Class will:

  • present why foundation skills are crucial for work and training in the 21st century
  • identify the range of foundation skills relevant to vocational workplaces and training
  • present the benefits of strong foundation skills on student performance and competency outcomes
  • demonstrate how to use the ACSF and CSFW to address foundation skill needs
  • demonstrate broad instructional and support strategies to prioritise foundation skills from the start to the finish of training
  • provide strategies and tips to support development of foundation skills that are the most important to work performance.

Who should attend

  • RTO/Compliance Manager
  • Trainer/Assessor
  • Head of Faculty/Department/Area Manager
  • Consultant

What to expect

  • Arrival tea and coffee, afternoon tea
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Ann Leske

Ann Leske has been involved in education and training for 18 years as an Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy teacher, project manager, researcher, and consultant. Enabling learners to successfully build foundation skills, complete courses, or progress to further adult education or training opportunities is central to her professional focus. Innovative approaches to program designs achieved state and national recognition; published outcomes have influenced others and provided new approaches. Ann leads professional development and consultations across Australia which enable workplaces, RTOs, and teachers to obtain LLN insight and confidently approach LLN delivery.

Chemene Sinson


Chemene Sinson is a learning and development consultant who specialises in TAE qualifications and other non-accredited programs.  She has extensive experience designing, delivering and assessing TAE Certificate IV and Diploma programs for private, community, government and industry-based RTOs.  She has written a suite of learning and assessment materials for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment purchased by more than 100 RTOs to date.  In recent years she has focused her own professional development on language, literacy and numeracy development through VET and has teamed up with Ann Leske to form a joint LLN and VET development initiative.

Dave Tout


David Tout is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading adult numeracy personnel, and has worked in schools, TAFEs, ACE, university and AMES workplaces, with over 30 years’ experience in the VET sector. He has wide experience in training, and in state, national and international research, curriculum, assessment and materials development. Dave had major responsibility for the numeracy domain of the ACSF. He was a member of the Numeracy Expert Group (NEG) responsible for the numeracy component of the international ALLS survey and for PIAAC.

David  is currently the Senior Research Fellow, Numeracy and Mathematics at ACER .


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