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Why Verification of Competency is so important when hiring new employees

Workplace skills can quickly become outdated in the fast paced world we live in. Industries are consistently evolving so rapidly that employers cannot risk taking on new employees with qualifications that may still be current, however are no longer industry relevant.

3 Oct 2017

Workplace skills can quickly become outdated in the fast paced world we live in. Industries are consistently evolving so rapidly that employers cannot risk taking on new employees with qualifications that may still be current, however are no longer industry relevant. That’s why more employers are turning to the Verification of Competency (VoC) process when hiring new employees.

It makes sense really. If you are going to invest in your employees and the future of your business, you need to make sure that the people you are employing are in fact skilled and competent to the level that your company needs them to be.

VoC is now commonly used in many industries for pre-employment checks, contractual arrangements, worksite requirements and industry certification. The VoC process of assessment also assists employers to meet OHS requirements and ensure that new and existing employees are competent to perform tasks and use specific equipment to the standard expected.

VoC is relatively new in some industries but is growing due to stricter OHS harmonisation laws and obligations for employers to ensure employees have current competency.

Working with industry leading clients, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech has developed a formal VoC process that provides flexibility to meet client needs whilst maintaining a high standard of assessment. TAFE Queensland SkillsTech assessors are all industry-trained experts with years of experience both in the industry and in training.

VoC assessments can be delivered on the job or at a TAFE Queensland SkillsTech training centre. Assessments can include written and verbal questioning, visual observations and one-on-one demonstrations. Participants must provide trade papers, licences or qualifications as a prerequisite to undertaking a VoC assessment. This, along with relevant work documents or logbooks, will provide a guide to what level of competency the participant should hold. Assessments take approximately 4-8 hours dependent on the occupation type or specific job role. Clients receive an assessment summary that can be used as evidence for currency.

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech will also advise on additional gap training required before any further assessments are conducted.

To find out how you can invest in the future of your company through VoC training, contact TAFE Queensland SkillsTech on 1800 654 447.

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