National Competencies

What is a Training Package?


A Training Package is an integrated set of nationally endorsed standards, assessment guidelines and Vanuatu Qualification Framework (VQF) qualifications for a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise.


Each Training Package:

  • Provides a consistent and reliable set of components for training, recognising and assessing people’s skills, and may also have optional support materials

  • Enables nationally recognised qualifications to be awarded through direct assessment of workplace competencies

  • Encourages the development and delivery of flexible training that suits individual and industry requirements

  • Encourages learning and assessment in a work-related environment that leads to verifiable workplace outcomes.

How do Training Packages fit within the National Training Framework?


 The Vanuatu Qualification Framework is made up of:

  • Nationally agreed quality arrangements for the post-school education and training (PSET) sector

  • Vanuatu Quality Assurance Framework

  • Training Packages endorsed by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority.

Training Packages are developed with the national Industries Skills Councils (ISCs) to meet the identified training needs of specific industries or industry sectors. To gain national endorsement of Training Packages, developers must provide evidence of extensive research, consultation and support within the industry area or enterprise.


How do Training Packages encourage flexibility?


Training Packages describe the skills and knowledge needed to perform effectively in the workplace without prescribing how people should be trained.


Training Packages acknowledge that people can achieve vocational competency in many ways by emphasising what the learner can do, not how or where they learned to do it. For example, some experienced workers might be able to demonstrate competency against the units of competency, and even gain a qualification, without completing a formal training program. With Training Packages, assessment and training may be conducted in the workplace, off-the-job at a training organisation, during regular work, or through work experience, work placement, work simulation or any combination of these.


Who can deliver and assess using Training Packages?


Training and assessment using Training Packages must be conducted by a Registered Training Provider (RTP) that has the qualifications or specific units of competency on its scope of registration, or that works in partnership with another RTP as specified in the Vanuatu Quality Assurance Framework  Standards for Registered Training Organisations.


Training Package components


 Training Packages are made up of mandatory components endorsed by the VQA, and optional support materials or non-endorsed components.