WANTED: Quality Assessment in the VET Sector

We are approaching that time of year again when ASQA invite training providers along to information sessions to tell them whether they have been good or bad over the last 12 months. We do hope that the topic of discussion this year will be on quality and not just compliance. Why? Because the long-term focus on compliance and risk and wielding the stick may help close down the problematic operators …
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ASQA and Training Providers: Can they form quality partnerships?

Karen and I attended the ASQA Training Provider Briefing in Sydney the other day. Frankly we found the session to be uninspiring. But even more concerning, the tone of the session, as set by the Chief Commissioner, was defensive. His comments were also negative when referring to recent recommendations for change in the sector. At a time when there is so much talk about quality and a call for ASQA …
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Promoting Excellence in Vocational Education – A Must for the Future

The VET sector in Australia has taken a number of blows in the media in recent years – bad publicity around funding schemes and about the closure of unscrupulous operators etc.  The government certainly appears keen to turn this around to restore confidence, as are the training providers.  But how do we do this? We believe that the VET sector should take heed of the recent messages about quality and …
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Thoughts on ‘Strengthening Skills Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System’ by the Honourable Steven Joyce.

Thoughts on ‘Strengthening Skills Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System’ by the Honourable Steven Joyce. Another year, another review? Is that how you see it or will this review and its outcomes stir the pot and reframe the VET sector for the future? The Joyce Report makes 71 separate recommendations around the six points of a plan: •             ‘Strengthening quality assurance, •             Speeding up qualification development, •             …
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The Essential Guide to Building A Successful RTO – Coming Soon

We are very much looking forward to sharing our new book with you.  ‘The Essential Guide to Building A Successful RTO’ will be available at the end of this month and is ready for pre- order on websites including Amazon. As we prepare for the launch we have been thinking back on why we wrote the book and its predecessor back in 2014. Firstly, the RTO world is full of …
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Future Skill Trends and Implications for the VET sector

Skill development and delivery of training and assessment has certainly been a hot topic in recent years as we face major changes in the way businesses work. Some of the key challenges include the changing growth industries, globalisation, the influence of technology, the reduction in manufacturing and a shift to service based industries, a mobile labour market, and in Australia, an ageing work force… Just how will we work in …
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How to develop great staff to build your business

6 ways to develop awesome staff through coaching “Driven, enthusiastic team members will be your best asset.” – Richard Branson Ask any successful entrepreneur about the key foundation on which they built their business and great people will always be at the top of the list. Having great people on staff is common to all successful organisations. Smart leaders know that great staff are a valuable asset and therefore spend the …
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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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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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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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