Foundation Skills Guides

Agrifood Skills Australia

What the client wanted

Agrifood Skills Australia recognise that many workers engaged in the agrifood industry do not have the level of foundations skills required to carry out their work efficiently and effectively. AgriFood also recognise that many vocational trainers have sound strategies to address foundation skills development of their learners, and others need some assistance to recognise which foundation skills are part of the qualifications they deliver, and how they can go about developing foundation skills as part of a vocational training program.

During 2013, Agrifood Skills Australia engaged Precision Consultancy to develop and focus test resources to support the implementation of the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package in training for agrifood industries. The resources were developed in collaboration with industry trainers, who contributed through participation in workshops held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.


What we did

Precision developed four Foundation Skills Guides to cover the pre-defined topic areas, including chemical handling, compliance, workplace health and safety and machine operations. They are supported by an Overview Guide that has information about foundation skills and instructions on how to use the resources.

The guides include:

  • sample activities mapped to units from the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package
  • tips about how the activities could be delivered
  • case studies that offer suggestions on how foundation skills can be developed
  • suggestions for contextualising the activities.

The sample activities are available in Word® format so they can be adapted to suit the context in which training and assessment occurs.


The result

The result is a suite of five industry-specific training resources that support vocational units and units from the new Foundation Skills Training Package (FSTP).
The resources can be accessed from the Agrifood Skills Australia website at:
http://www.agrifoodskills.net.au/?page=FoundationSkills