Audit is not a dirty word. No really, it’s not!!!

Audit is not something to fear. The Learning Community has worked with many RTO businesses over the years and every one of those RTOs feared the words ‘audit’ and ‘auditor’! Even we have been guilty of this fear. Many years ago we arrived at an RTO where we were working as consultants and were greeted at the front desk with this welcome: ‘You are the auditors aren’t you?’ Our reply …
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Is your RTO a Learning Organisation?

Do you encourage a culture of learning in your RTO business? Is the culture of your RTO a regular topic of discussion? Do you talk about the culture of the organisation? Have you ever thought about why some RTOs perform better than others, even if they have similar demographic, facilities, funding and opportunity? Are you willing to accept and learn from your mistakes and be transparent about the need for …
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Why does compliance matter?

Why does compliance matter? Compliance is the air that we breathe in the VET world. It is such an integral part of our day to day operations and yet sometimes it seems that it gets in the way of business effectiveness. Perhaps one of the reasons is that effective compliance management requires more than a shift in the organisation’s policies and procedures. It also relies on a shift in culture …
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Do you use coaching to maintain leadership effectiveness?

  Leadership Effectiveness – a Mandate for all Leaders Whatever organisation you lead, whatever community you serve, leaders all have the same key mandates in common. They are expected to be exceptional people who set an inspiring vision and lead others to follow that path. We know that RTOs thrive under great leadership. However maintaining leadership effectiveness in the ever changing world of vocational education is becoming increasingly more complex …
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What are the 5 areas you should focus on to build capability in your RTO?

                Building Capacity is Being Prepared For What Lies Ahead How do you go about building capability in your RTO in the midst of so much change in the VET sector?  Our social media focus over the next 5 weeks will be on building capability. So, we thought we would kick it off with a blog post to outline our thinking on the …
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Assessment Validation: getting it done and making the most of it!

Making the Most of Assessment Validation I was reminded the other day that in just under 12 months, all ASQA registered RTOs that were already operating as at 1 January, 2015, should have validated 50% of all training products on their scope of registration. Why? Well the ‘compliance’ answer is that Clause 1.10 (of the Standards for RTOs 2015) states that ‘each training product is validated at least once every …
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Quality Improvement- It must be a team effort!

  Quality Improvement Over the past few months we have been writing about critical reflection on your RTO’s practice in terms of the student experience, the learning environment and pedagogy or teaching practice. The reflection process is beneficial in itself if the RTO team is encouraged to contribute to reflection and review of current practices. But of course, the key purpose is to identify areas for quality improvement and to …
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8 tips to help you navigate the course accreditation process

So you want to get a new course accredited for VET delivery? The process of new course accreditation can be very long and complicated –it’s like putting the pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle together. So we thought it might be helpful to share some of our learnings on the topic. We hope you find them helpful! 1. Consult with industry Once you have identified the need for the course …
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4 strategies to help achieve educational excellence

Four strategies to help achieve educational excellence Educational reform is firmly on the agenda in Australia with the link between quality teaching and student achievement at the focus of the debate.  Good teachers make all the difference to both the student experience and student outcomes! In fact: ‘Ensuring that qualified, professionally trained, motivated, and well-supported teachers are available for all learners is essential for addressing today’s key education challenges…………. The quality …
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How to motivate staff in times of uncertainty

How to motivate your staff Setting strategic directions and targets is the first step towards achieving results and seeing change in any particular setting.  But in themselves strategy documents and targets will not guarantee that goals will be met.  Understanding what motivates people and drives performance is crucial to success.  Motivation can be defined as the “willingness to exert effort towards a team or individual goal”.  Motivating staff is an …
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