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 …
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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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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 …
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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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The Student Experience Approach to Auditing: What Does It Mean for Your RTO?

What is the “Student Experience Approach” to Auditing? The regulator is moving towards using an audit model that is structured around the key phases of the student’s engagement with your RTO. The phases are: Marketing and recruitment Enrolment Support and progression Training and assessment, and Completion. Each of these key phases is mapped to the Standards for RTOs 2015 and of course the auditors will be reviewing your policies and …
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The key to good quality training!

        What’s the key to good quality training I hear you ask? We will share some of our ideas to this question below. When you think about it, you probably have all the answers yourselves already but sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded. We often find ourselves in environments where we feel restrained by the expectations and practices of the RTO or perhaps you have not reflected …
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Catch up on compliance news for 2016

  Are you ready for 2017? Christmas is just around the corner, your social calendar is full, your 2017 to-do list is already growing – but you really need to catch up with all the regulatory and compliance news from 2016 before the holiday season begins….. So what can you do to ease your mind and your list? Well, we thought that you might just find time for a quick …
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A Systematic Model for Professional Development

Developing a systematic approach to professional development in RTOs A few weeks ago I was watching an ASQA webinar about one of their strategic reviews.  ASQA presenters mentioned a broad reaching  recommendation regarding professional development that grabbed my attention. Here it is. RTOs enhance their ongoing professional development by: providing advice on relevant professional development for trainers and assessors, and investigating more systematic models that will assist trainers and assessors …
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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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5 reasons to review your RTO’s compliance management

  Are you being proactive? Is compliance management an integral part of your RTO business? Are you being proactive or reactive in your approach? A good governance system enables management to achieve the vision and goals of the organisation and at the same time ensure that the needs of the many stakeholders are met…….The system should incorporate clear policies and processes, information about your organisational structure, and systems to manage …
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