Pathways to Work Level 1 is designed to prepare learners for their career and the world of work. It reiterates and consolidates work in the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies and complements Personal Pathway Planning Level 2. Personal Pathway Planning Level 2 aims to develop learners understanding of self, and develop goals and plans for their future and career. Pathways to Work Level 1 complements this by aiming to develop the core skills learners require to plan for, participate in and maintain work at an entry level.
Pathways to Work Level 1 has been developed using the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework and Australian Core skills Framework. These frameworks provide a common reference point and language to develop the criteria, content, assessment and relationship to other courses. The Core Skills for Work are relevant across all industry sectors and are identified by employers as important for successful participation in the workforce at all levels of expertise. The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework utilises a developmental approach, informed by Dreyfus and Dreyfus’ Novice to Expert Model of Skills Acquisition and other research on skill development and performance. It encompasses five stages of performance – Novice, Advanced Beginner, Capable, Proficient and Expert. Pathways to Work Level 1 focuses on performance at the Novice stage.
See Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework for further information.
See Australian Core Skills Framework for further information.
The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is a complementary framework to the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework and Australian Core Skills Framework with common skills, and competencies that overlap and are transferable.
Relationship with Australian Curriculum F-10, Work Studies
The Australian Curriculum: Work Studies is an elective for years 9 and 10. This is a school-based subject that provides opportunities for learners to undertake vocational learning and develop work-readiness skills in preparation for further study towards a skilled occupation or further education after leaving school. The course has a clear focus on applied learning and work exposure (Appendix 1) as learning contexts.
The content of the course is organised into two main interrelated strands: skills for learning and work; and career and life design. Learners are encouraged to be increasingly independent and self-directed learners.
The year 10 achievement standard for Work Studies is clearly described and Pathways to Work Level 1 in Year 11 and 12 reiterates and consolidates these standards. Refer to Appendix 2 for the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies organisational chart.
For further information about Work Studies, see the Australian Curriculum website.
Diagram 1: Relationship between Australian Curriculum Core skills for Work Developmental Framework, Australian Core Skills Framework and TASC courses
Note: the combination of skills as detailed in the Australian Core Skills Framework and Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework are referred to as Foundation Skills in the vocational education and training sector. In the school sector these skills are described as General Capabilities and in the higher education sector they are referred to as Graduate Attributes.
Relationship to Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Pathways to Work Level 1 is a foundation course which may prepare learners for a VET program. VET focuses on the technical, discipline-specific skills at various stages of development (AQF) and Pathways to Work Level 1 develops the core skills for work (foundation skills) that are transferable across contexts, sectors and occupations. Together they build the capacity of a learner to perform competently in the workplace context. At Level 1 this course is designed to be a precursor to entry level VET programs.