Why is assessment so difficult to get right?

And why are the regulators so concerned about the quality of assessment in the VET sector? According to ASQA … The primary risk for ASQA to manage is an RTO certifying that a person has competencies that do not reflect his/her skills, knowledge and attitudes. The potential damage flows not just to the individual, but to employers, and the wider community (ASQA Regulatory Risk Framework, Version 1.0 April 2016). So …
read more

Becoming an Innovative RTO

Becoming an Innovative RTO How can you change the culture and the environment within your RTO to enable innovative staff working practices and innovative approaches to training and assessment? Tina Seelig’s Innovation Engine[1] provides us with a useful framework to consider how to create these types of environments and encourage innovative practice. The three categories listed around the outside of the model describe the characteristics of an innovative environment. These …
read more

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 …
read more

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 …
read more

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 …
read more

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 …
read more

What’s good for your RTO’s business?

  The things we have learned This week we launched our ‘Good for Business’ month. To kick the month off we filmed a video and discussed our reflections on the lessons we have learned from working with RTOs over the past 13 years. The Learning Community has worked side by side with RTO owners and staff in so many different aspects of operations and management. We have helped set up …
read more

Six Simple Steps to Take Action and Hit the Ground Running

Did you make any New Year resolutions? What were they? Getting fit, finding better work life balance or learning something new often tops the list. Alongside these resolutions you also have to focus on achieving your RTO’s vision and the strategic, operational or training/assessment goals. These goals are important because achieving them can give meaning to your day to day role. One of the biggest problems with plans is that …
read more

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 …
read more

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 …
read more

Page 1 of 41234