Build Green, Toolbox of the Month

Build Green

The Build Green Toolbox is an online learning resource that is designed to help tradespeople in the building and construction industry obtain skills and knowledge to:

  • effectively analyse, implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices and their effectiveness on the work site
  • support sustainable building practices by minimising waste on the building and construction site.

The Toolbox contains underpinning content, tutorials, activities and tasks that enable learners to examine the principles and concepts related to environmentally sustainable work practices and minimising waste on the building and construction site.

Each unit has a particular focus on compliance to sustainability codes and standards and the development of strategies and plans to ensure the ongoing monitoring and continuous improvement of environmentally sustainable work processes.

There are also opportunities within the Toolbox for learners to communicate and collaborate on activities and tasks with other learners and employees in their workplace.

To purchase the Toolbox, or for the complete list of Flexible Learning Toolboxes, please visit the National VET Content website.

Animation, award-winning Toolbox of the Month

The fictional 'Lightbox Animation' studio

The Animation Toolbox has been developed for RTO’s to use as a resource to support delivery of seven competencies towards Certificate II and III in Screen Production (Animation Strand).

This Toolbox is designed to provide both background information for the animation production process as a whole, and information, demonstrations and activities for building the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out specific tasks within the animation industry.

The philosophy underpinning the design of the Animation Toolbox is that learning is made authentic and relevant by being placed in context. The Toolbox uses a simulated animation studio, Lightbox Animation, as the setting. Knowledge is contextualised by linking concepts and resources to the relevant personnel in the animation studio. The presentation of material relating to a job closely mirrors what might happen in a real animation studio.

There are two basic ways the learner may approach the content.

  • In the Studio Tour mode, the learner has open access to the various resources and instructional materials. There is comprehensive content coverage with demonstration clips and examples.
  • In the Apprentice mode, the learner undertakes a series of typical animation studio style jobs, each of which corresponds to a competency. Six of the seven jobs represent the stages of a single major project (to produce a TV commercial). Whilst each job is self-contained, the jobs are linked through the project focus, shared resources and the personnel involved. The jobs are realistic and a tangible end product is produced on completion.

The 405 Animation Toolbox was the 2002 winner of the Asia Pacific National ICT Awards for Excellence in e-learning.

To purchase the Toolbox, or for the complete list of Flexible Learning Toolboxes, please visit the National VET Content website.

On Your Guard, Toolbox of the Month

Kingscliffe, the fictional city where the On Your Guard Toolbox takes place.

The On Your Guard Toolbox supports the CPP20211 Certificate II in Security Operations from the Property Services Training Package. The Certificate II in Security Operations qualification is the entry level that meets the national licensing requirements in the guarding industry, and this Toolbox covers 21 units of the Certificate II course.

Learners working through the course are involved in problem-based active learning and presented with scenarios, situations and characters that reflect the social and cultural diversity present in contemporary Australian cities.

As security guards can progress on career paths that cover investigative services, control room operations or technical security, these options are supported in the training package and catered for in the On Your Guard Toolbox. The Toolbox therefore provides a strong foundation for further study in this area, and could also be used to support online delivery of other qualifications in the Property Services Training Package.

Learners with literacy and numeracy problems are catered for by the optional literacy and numeracy exercises that are built into the course.

To purchase the Toolbox, or for the complete list of Flexible Learning Toolboxes, please visit the National VET Content website.

Retail operations, supervision and management

Now that the sales are over, let’s consider how retail therapy is made possible. There are four, excellent retail Toolboxes:

  1. Retailer 2
  2. Retail Operations
  3. Retail Supervision
  4. Retail Management

1. Retailer 2 (12.06)

Retailer 2 covers the core units of the Certificate II in Retail, as well as five selling, merchandising and marketing electives. Rather than taking a traditional unit-by-unit approach, learners complete activities guided by a range of customer-focused scenarios and case studies, which are mapped back to core units.

2. Retail Operations (212)

The Retail Operations Toolbox offers a stimulating and interactive learning environment. Learners take the role of an employee at the Ocean View Grove, a thriving (metaphorical) shopping centre on the coast. Content is provided by means of real-life scenarios and situations in which the learner interacts with fictional staff and customers as they work through the activities in the Toolbox.

The learning activities require learners to interact with their current workplace. To facilitate learners not currently working in a retail workplace, two model stores (called virtual stores) with associated manuals, situations and characters have been provided throughout this course. The model stores include Harriotts, a large department store, and Surfari, a small retail surf shop. Where relevant, material will also be provided for other retail settings, for example supermarkets and food stores. By working through discrete activities built on a common theme (e.g. using the store’s procedure manual), the learner can develop a holistic understanding of retail operations. Last revised 2004.

3. Retail Supervision (313)

This Toolbox contains resources and activities to assist you to complete ten units of competency from the Certificate III in Retail Supervision. It is based on a series of scenarios that take place inside a major retail store where the learner has just been appointed as a trainee supervisor of the Sports Department and has 15 staff reporting to him/her. Each of the units of competency is presented as a scenario, a realistic set of learning tasks set in the virtual shopping centre.

The scenarios provide a connection between the theoretical and practical elements of training and encourage individual as well as workplace learning. This courseware is self-guiding and the role of the educator is to facilitate the learning experience to the individual’s working environment. Tools for the trainer and learner include self-assessment, tracking of activities and answers, communication tools and development of a portfolio of evidence for assessment.

4. Retail Management (314)

Retail Management has been constructed to reflect the National Retail Competency Standards. Each of the eleven units of competency in this Toolbox is arranged under the existing phase structure of the National Retail Training Package. This Toolbox contains a variety of training resources ranging from work-based and interactive activities to group discussion questions. Many of the activities focus on the current workplace responsibilities of the learner and are designed to encourage them to develop and post suggestions or alternative solutions to a notice board to foster peer interaction.

Each component of this Toolbox has been designed as an individual learning resource that can be used independently of other components to create a totally customised training program. The design also provides the option of including additional materials or contextualising the existing content to suit the learner’s needs. This Toolbox takes a problem solving, scenario-based approach to learning. In addition to the scenarios that form the base for each unit of competency, the learner is provided with a variety of resources and suggested options to develop the skills and knowledge that they require.

Retail Management features a multi-path navigation system that enables the learner to choose from a variety of learning options. They may choose to work with the content information and move into related activities, use the scenario as the base to complete related activities, or move in and out of competencies taking only the information that is appropriate to them. The flexibility of this design enables each learner to quickly locate the specific information or activity they need from anywhere in the program.

Whatever you need to know about the retail industry, a retail Toolbox can teach you. For a complete list of Toolboxes please visit the National VET Content website. All Toolboxes can be purchased via eWorks’ online ordering system.