Gender Equity Accredited Training Project

by Women's Health Victoria

(NGO)

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Gender equity training will provide Australian workers with the skills and knowledge to apply a gender lens within their workplace and through that reduce gender-based inequalities.

Project implemented: July 2018

Project goal

The project seeks to influence sustainable change within Australian workplaces, educating workers on gender equity and removing gender-based inequalities from the workplace.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Accredited training in gender equity will ensure that the skills and knowledge required for gender equity work are defined and a benchmark for quality gender equity work set.

Key steps to make it happen

1Accredited training

Consulting with industry and intersectional experts to develop the course curriculum.

2Microcredential training

Developing parallel learning that will be available online for professional development across a range of industries.

3Teaching practice

Researching pedagogical approaches using a feminist framework to ensure teaching practices lead the change we want to see.

4Teacher resources

Developing resources to support quality training and assessment practice informed through consultation and research.

5Pilot delivery

Piloting and refining the course through regional and metropolitan delivery in Victoria to a diverse audience group.

Community engagement has been achieved through sector and industry consultation bringing together a range of expertise to inform design.

The project seeks to address gender-based inequalities in the workplace. Gender inequality is a recognised social issue in Australia, as evidenced by the plethora of national, state and local strategies, plans and legal instruments developed to address it at its core. However, what we found was that there was no formal vocational training available to credential existing gender equity workers and to provide opportunities for professional development and/or career pathways in a sector facing skills shortage. Nor were there accredited units of competency available that could be imported into generalist qualifications to build competency in gender equity for any workforce. We wanted to address this gap in training.

Proudly supported by the Victorian Government the project will not only address this training gap but also identify the appropriate training approach needed to create the change that is being sought. With our project partner Monash University, we are researching teaching practices using a feminist framework to inform the course curriculum design. The project aims to be at the pilot phase by early 2020, with the potential to roll out nationally late 2020.

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