Capability Analysis Tool to maintain industry currency
CURCAT® measures, across the organisation, how frequently practitioners:
- use personal and professional networks to remain current with regard to industry standards
- tap into industry mentors or coaches to update skills and knowledge
- undertake industry research including using Internet searching
- attend industry conferences, read trade journals, attend site visits
- undertake study tours and maintain membership of industry associations.
The tool also measures how frequently practitioners intend to use the same strategies in future.
In addition, CURCAT® measures:
- the extent to which the organisation and industry bodies assist practitioners
- the extent to which practitioners take a planned approach to maintaining currency
- the extent to which 14 different barriers affect practitioners’ maintenance of their currency
- practitioners’ level of knowledge in relation to 11 aspects of their industry
- the level and relevance of their industry skills in relation to the training and assessing practitioners provide.
Why use CURCAT®?
Six fundamental reasons why VET practitioners need to be creative and flexible in their approach to maintaining their industry currency are:
- All industries are different, so approaches to maintaining currency that suit one industry may not suit another
- All industries keep changing, for instance with the introduction of new technologies and new products
- As industries change, new workplace practices and processes are introduced and new skills are required
- Governments are major agents for industry change, implementing new policies and regulations
- Market competition means that different or new companies sometimes become dominant, using novel or breakthrough approaches
- Customer preferences change and this forces changes on different parts of the industry, such as product designers, manufacturers and retailers.