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VET Vision — Kerri Buttery on the Future of Work

May 13, 2019

Kerri Buttery has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for two decades as a Trainer/Assessor, RTO Manager and also as a Senior Lead Auditor. Kerri has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations in the areas of establishing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), conducting internal audits, consulting on VQF compliance, developing accredited courses, convening conferences and events, developing training and assessment materials, conducting professional development workshops and delivering Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She also specialises in eLearning consulting, with a particular focus on the Canvas LMS by Instructure. Contact Kerri at VETNexus.

Kerri Buttery


Kerri shares her predictions about the future of work and the emerging demand for micro-credentials in a gig economy:

There is some great work being done by organisations such as the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) around what the future of work could look like and how we can prepare for this. There is a huge focus on micro credentials as well as just-in-time training for specific jobs and tasks in the workplace. Sometimes, by the time we enroll, undertake and complete a qualification the way the work is done in industry has changed.

Technological advances mean that the world of work is continuously changing at a rapid pace and has opened up opportunities such as the gig economy. This change in work environment is leading the way for more and more small businesses and freelance workers who just need the skills to do what it is they are specialising in for that period of time, until the next big thing comes along.

For training, this means in the current environment we need to be looking at skill sets that can be delivered to meet specific job needs rather than always focusing on full qualifications. A barrier with skill sets is funding models that are based on the completion of full qualifications, however hopefully with time, and the recommendations in the Joyce Review for a revamp of funding arrangements, we will see a shift in this.

Study To Workforce Graphic
Now more than ever, the job market has an urgency for Micro-Credentials – these mini qualifications and learning experiences are becoming the forefront of professional skill sets, with 95% of human resource managers actively seeking micro-credentials from potential candidates - www.training.gov.au

In the longer term, we may be looking at a more piecemeal approach to accredited training, following the concept of University of New England’s bespoke Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice where students can pull together exactly what they need for their certificate. Even though this might look very different to what it is now, I think there is still an important place for RTOs in the future world of work and training, as accredited training has a standard and benchmark that must be achieved and allows for consistency of outcomes. The need for that consistency will be around for some time yet.

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