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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3 Good Reasons to Buy our Book ‘The Essential Guide to Building a Successful RTO’

If you have been following us this year you will know that we devoted quite a bit of time to writing our book ‘The Essential Guide to Building a Successful RTO’. The book is now available and we would love you to use it in your RTO. So here are 3 good reasons why we believe you need to buy it right now! 1. Quality improvement and continuous improvement will …
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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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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 …
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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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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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