NSW Education Wallet
Well-informed citizens will plan employment and education pathways that suit them. Citizens can curate and share their achievements, experiences and strengths, assisting their next steps in life.
The NSW Education Wallet program aims to improve the life journey and customer experience for all NSW learners, from their younger years in school to further education and their participation in the workforce and as active and engaged members of society.
The Education Wallet will deliver three valuable services to support the learning and employment journeys of NSW residents:
- NSW Learner Profile
- Skills Compare
- Digital Qualifications
NSW Learner Profile
The NSW Learner Profile will be a young person’s passport to future education and employment. It will empower students to tell their story by equipping them to reflect, understand and articulate their strengths and achievements.
The NSW Learner Profile is being co-designed in partnership with the Department of Customer Service, TAFE, New South Wales Education Standards Authority, Catholic Schools NSW and the Association of Independent Schools. The NSW Learner Profile will let students keep and share a verified record of all their capabilities and achievements in one place.
Importantly, the NSW Learner Profile will build on formal school qualifications like the HSC and Record of School Achievement (RoSA) to show the full breadth of what a student can do.
The Learner Profile will include elements like:
- extra-curricular and sporting achievements
- work experience
- caring responsibilities; and
- personal interests.
In future we aim to include Vocational Education and Training (VET) and tertiary qualifications as well.
Students will be able to share a curated view of their NSW Learner Profile with potential employers or when applying for further education and training.
Where to next?
The team is developing the NSW Learner Profile with the participation of students, expert staff, further education providers and employers. We will be updating this page on a regular basis.
Last year we surveyed and spoke with thousands of students to get their ideas on how to best develop the service. We also spoke with school leaders, teachers, employers, businesses and further education and training providers.
In May 2022, we are testing a prototype NSW Learner Profile with the business community, tertiary education and training partners to refine the design and functions of the tool.
In Spring and Summer 2022 the testing program will be further expanded among NSW schools, employers and the business community.
Skills Compare helps prospective Vocational Education and Training (VET) students make informed choices about their training, including selection of courses and training providers. Through Skills Compare, school leavers, as well as those already in the workforce looking to upskill or reskill, have access to information about:
- full and part qualifications on offer that are nearby, subsidised and will lead them to their desired career outcome;
- performance outcomes being delivered by Skills NSW Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) including student satisfaction ratings, employment outcomes and proportion of students that finished their courses with the RTO;
- subsidised program types on offer such as apprenticeships and traineeships; and
- qualification fees based on student eligibility.
Skills Compare also gives RTOs a better understanding of their own performance relative to their peers and thereby encourage continuous quality improvement.
Where to next?
The NSW Department of Education is working on upcoming enhancements to Skills Compare to support students through their training journey. This includes:
· a course comparison feature that informs students of expected training outcomes upon completion of a course; and
· linkages with Careers NSW and the Learner Profile.
The Department will continue to test Skills Compare with prospective students before each enhancement to ensure the tool remains responsive to student needs.
Through the Digital Qualifications initiative, education credentials gained by NSW citizens will be digitised using industry-recognised technical standards.
Securely digitising credentials allows citizens to safely store their qualifications and easily share them with third parties like education providers and employers who will be able to trust their validity, without the administrative burden of having to verify them.
Where to next?
The Digital Qualifications initiative is currently in development by the NSW Department of Education.