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During the last 10 years, we have helped more than 50 organisations Australia wide to become RTOs.



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We deliver education and training that works. Master Programs, Workshops, Webinars, Summits, and Online programs.



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VET News

 

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Are we developing appropriate skills for the digital economy?

What skills will the Australian workforce require in the digital economy? Can the VET system and other industry training packages as they currently stand meet these needs?

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ASQA’s new audit model in 2017

The new audit model will be progressively rolled out across all VET and CRICOS audits in 2017.

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Government announces review of VET legislation

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews yesterday announced a major review of the legislative framework governing regulation of the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

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Parliament passes VET Ombudsman legislation

New VET Ombudsman will commence work from 1 July 2017 after legislation passed Parliament today to build on strong protections for students.

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Updated National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students

The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017 came into effect on 10 April 2017. The new code is simply an administrative update which adopts terminology consistent with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) as amended in 2015.

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VET Assessment Practices eSummit 2017

Buy videos of all sessions now. The program for this event includes informative and thought-provoking presentations that will cover all aspects of RTOs' assessment practices, providing relevant and up-to-date information, best practices and guidance from recognised VET professionals.

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VET Is Not About Content VET Is Not About Content 17 Sep 2017 - Too many trainers still stand behind a podium, relying on content to drive learning. It's time for those trainers and instructional designers working in the Vocational Education sector to realise that... More detail
Trainer’s upgrade: a cost or a solution? Trainer’s upgrade: a cost or a solution? 13 Sep 2017 - Since the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced the most recent amendment that affects the requirements for trainers and assessors to work in VET,... More detail
Collecting relevant assessment evidence Collecting relevant assessment evidence 08 Aug 2017 - Don't tick the wrong box Assessment systems continue to be the most challenging area in an RTO's operations and yet the most critical to demonstrate quality outcomes. When dealing with assessments in ... More detail
Why ASQA’s new audit model should help improve VET Why ASQA’s new audit model should help improve VET 20 Mar 2017 - ASQA went through a significant transformation of its regulatory approach during 2016, and it is fair to say that the changes are promising. The dimensions of the VFH debacle, embarrassed the whole system,... More detail

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valuesLast week, I was delivering a session about advanced assessment techniques and while addressing different evidence collection methods, a participant asked me: "do we get extra points during a regulatory audit if we perform better than the minimum requirement? If not, why are you suggesting we go the extra mile, while other RTOs pass an audit doing the minimum?" As the conversation had quickly shifted from quality to compliance, my response was "how many quality RTOs did ASQA close during the last two years?" The answer was "... none".

In the last couple of years, the RTO world has been bogged down by scandals, scams, crises, and bankruptcies. On the other hand, there are a significant number of RTOs that receive immense respect from the community, and are still going strong.

What distinguishes successful RTOs from the rest? Is it their market savvy, technological superiority, marketing, or their capable people? These training organisations survive on their culture, essentially a manifestation of their corporate values. It's these core values that guided them to the right decisions for long-term growth and life.

What Are Values?
According to Jim Collins (PhD) there are six timeless fundamentals that visionary companies follow:

  1. Build a company to last beyond your tenure
  2. Build a company around core ideology or values
  3. Make the ideology or values your essence
  4. Nurture talent from within
  5. Adopt change without compromising on core values
  6. Be rigid with the fundamentals but flexible with business essentials.

These fundamentals shape corporate culture and create a foundation on which it grows. They also establish the system of values that the company identifies with.

Now, when I talk to CEOs and managers of successful RTOs I realise they don't know about Jim Collins or read his books, but they use the above principles to manage their businesses, and ensure staff, clients and other stakeholders are aware of the RTO's purpose and core values. And in today's rapidly changing environment, they adopt changes without compromising these core values.

Committing to sustainability is also a corporate value.

Successful RTOs:

  • Understand quality and industry relevant training
  • Identify their core values early on
  • Implement them and audit them regularly
  • Adhere to them through good times and bad
  • Change their strategies, but never their values.

Here's the difference between successful RTOs and RTOs that will probably not make it through the registration period: Values of a successful RTO are set by its founders, passed down the ranks, and nurtured and sustained. Its unsuccessful counterparts make up a set of values that change with each new owner/manager, and ends up as a value statement on the company's website that is not translated into practice within the organisation.

How Do You Create and Sustain Corporate Values?
Creating corporate values begins with the founders of the organisation, who create the core values based on their beliefs and build the organisation's culture based on these values. As training providers, these values must be in line with providing education and training solutions to satisfy individuals, industry and the needs of society.

Managers are hired because they believe in these values themselves, making it easy for them to act as their champions. Managers at all levels must make the company's core values a part of their every day lives—not because they have to, but because they believe in them. As a result, they will be seen as role models who will encourage employees to internalise these values. Stakeholders, investors and business partners also must act as champions and guardians of these values.

The core values must be passed down from management to trainers and other employees through internal communications. These communications must be consistent with the external messages that go out to clients (students and industry) and anyone else that the RTO deals with.

Unfortunately, many RTOs contract very capable managers and trainers, but they don't achieve quality outcomes because there is a lack of leadership and guidance from the CEOs. Establishing, promoting and monitoring the use of core values can help you to succeed.

LATEST POSTS

VET Is Not About Content VET Is Not About Content 17 Sep 2017 - Too many trainers still stand behind a podium, relying on content to drive learning. It's time for those trainers and instructional designers working in the Vocational Education sector to realise that... More detail
Trainer’s upgrade: a cost or a solution? Trainer’s upgrade: a cost or a solution? 13 Sep 2017 - Since the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced the most recent amendment that affects the requirements for trainers and assessors to work in VET,... More detail
Collecting relevant assessment evidence Collecting relevant assessment evidence 08 Aug 2017 - Don't tick the wrong box Assessment systems continue to be the most challenging area in an RTO's operations and yet the most critical to demonstrate quality outcomes. When dealing with assessments in ... More detail
Why ASQA’s new audit model should help improve VET Why ASQA’s new audit model should help improve VET 20 Mar 2017 - ASQA went through a significant transformation of its regulatory approach during 2016, and it is fair to say that the changes are promising. The dimensions of the VFH debacle, embarrassed the whole system,... More detail