Developing Innovative Practices in your RTO

  Innovation – the future of VET Back in February this year we began talking to you about the future of the VET sector and the revamp of Training Packages as we know them. The topic of conversation at the moment is about future skills and the way we will be working in the future. The Prosperity through Innovation Plan[1], released by Innovation Science Australia in January 2018 called for …
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Jane was out of her depth. Julian was always late. Can underperformance be turned around?

              Do you have a team member who has poor work habits or is not working to the standard you need? I am sure most managers would agree that they want a safe and happy workplace with high performing staff. Managing underperforming staff can be a difficult and stressful task, but what if it was possible to turn this poor performance into good. Jane …
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Providing a Quality Student Experience

 What is the Student Experience? The best way to learn is by experience, right? But sometimes this can be tough because we often make mistakes as we learn and acquiring new skills and knowledge can take time. Providing opportunities to practice skills and try out new knowledge is a core part of the approach to the training in the VET sector so that our students gain the confidence they need to …
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Break down the silos – it will be good for your business

Break down the silos – it will be good for business! The themes of team, collaboration and community often underpin our writings and have been the focus of our recent videos and podcasts. Why? Because we see so many organisations not operating as effectively as they could be because staff sit in their teams or ‘silos’ and don’t have the opportunity to explore how their role fits with the purpose …
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Developing Resilience and Future Work Skills

What do you think the world of work will look like in 2030? It has been estimated that in every job there will be an increase in the time workers spend focusing on people, solving strategic problems and thinking creatively. Whilst we need to be technologically savvy, there is a need to ensure we prepare ourselves and our students for this increased need for what is being referred to as …
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The power of the paradigm shift

What do you see? Two Fish … or Two Eyes? Both are correct. And if you can see both your brain is switching between two different interpretations of the same image. Being able to switch from one interpretation to another is a bit like a paradigm shift. In other words, the change that happens when the usual way we think about or do something is replaced by a new and different way. …
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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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