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Professional Development


Workshops, Seminars, Summits Master Classes, Webinars and Network Oppurtunities for training and education professionals

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Insources has more than 10 years' experience helping organisations, RTOs, and individuals to deliver quality, industry relevant training, and maintain compliance in a highly regulated environment.

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Our flexible training programs are designed to develop the capabilities of trainers, quality and compliance professionals, managers, and CEOs leading RTOs.

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We bring together the most Vocational Education and Training (VET) practitioners and decision makers from across Australia. Each relevant aspect of the VET sector is covered in our events every year.

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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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Australian Training Awards 2018 now open

Australian Training Awards 2018 now open

Commencing in 1994, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. Applications for 2018 awards are now open.

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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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New Self- Assessment Tool published by ASQA

ASQA has developed an online self-assessment tool for RTOs to monitor compliance against the Standards for RTOs 2015, support continuous improvement, and prepare for audit.

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New Users’ Guide to the Standards for RTOs now available

ASQA has released a new version of the Standards Guide to assist RTOs to understand their obligations under the revised Standards for RTOs 2015, and in line with the new ASQA’s audit model.

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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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Latest Posts

Is VET Trapped in The Capabilities Vs Performance Issue? Is VET Trapped in The Capabilities Vs Performance Issue? 02 Nov 2017 - Frequently, I encounter VET practitioners whose actions and comments indicate an assumption that building capability and enhancing performance are the same thing. Learning alone will not yield performance... More detail
Can VET Match Micro-learning Solutions? Can VET Match Micro-learning Solutions? 31 Oct 2017 - Using Skill Sets to meet industry needs. Vocational Education and Training must provide solutions and support individuals and industry in Vocational Preparation and Vocational Development (Continuous ... More detail

microlearningUsing Skill Sets to meet industry needs.

Vocational Education and Training must provide solutions and support individuals and industry in Vocational Preparation and Vocational Development (Continuous Professional Development).

Although our VET system is a leader in Vocational Preparation, mainly because of government funding conditions, RTOs are losing opportunities in Vocational Development programs.

Non-accredited training programs are providing an incredible range of learning opportunities to support our workforce with professional development. These programs are presented in different formats, from online platforms and symposiums, to summits and conferences. And, importantly, these micro-learning options are meeting current industry needs.

To compete in a corporate training and development world, RTOs should look at these opportunities, and use micro-learning techniques to meet that demand.

The flexibility of training packages that allows for the delivery of stand-alone units and skill sets, is not recognised for government funded programs, which today accounts for more than 70 per cent of all VET training delivered in Australia.

Rapid changes in industry processes and technological advances, together with the definitive adoption of robotics in the workplace, have created a growing need for continuous development of skill sets.

The Australian government should update funding programs to include skill sets and stand-alone units, as this is the easiest way to measure the return on investment in these training programs.

I started looking at international trends for micro-learning, and discovered some interesting statistics. According to the Association for Talent Development (ATD) 92 per cent of organisations (worldwide) are using micro-learning plans, and over 67 per cent of organisations not using micro-learning are planning to start. For RTOs to develop industry relevant training products, we should look at these statistics.

Micro-learning techniques have three primary benefits and this is why organisations are considering these options:

  • Micro-learning is cheaper and faster. Materials take less time to source, produce, maintain and consume, than full qualifications. This enables re-use and re-packaging of micro-learning programs. It also allows trainers to focus on quality without sacrificing amount of training, because those irrelevant skills are not included in the program.
  • People are more engaged. Employees today devote 1 per cent of their time to learning (roughly 24 minutes a week), check their phones 150 times a day, and switch tabs every minute. Micro-learning fits perfectly into this continuous diet of email, Slack, and social media.
  • People learn more. Though there are many factors that drive effective learning, managing cognitive load is one of the most important. The problem with typical learning experiences like lectures or long e-learning videos is that they present too many things at once for too long a period of time.

These are real benefits, but they don't necessarily translate to improved performance on their own. Through industry consultation we discovered that timing plays an important part, and the key is to have a training solution to solve current problems.

One of the most difficult and least scalable things organisations must do is motivate their employees, and learning requires a lot of sustained motivation. Compliance training is a good example.

But how can we identify the right time when our participants' motivation is high?

There are reliable triggers that open up motivational windows in which individuals are willing, even excited, to learn. These windows can last from a few months (Think: when someone is given a new role or responsibility), to a few weeks (Think: when someone has a big deadline or presentation coming up), to a few minutes (Think: when someone is walking into a big meeting for which they're not fully prepared).

In today's competitive environment, RTOs are required not only to set Learning Objectives to describe what participants will be able to do at the end of the training, but also Application Objectives to determine how and when those skills and knowledge can be used and applied to attract participants at the right time (highly motivated).

Learning experiences presented to learners at the wrong time will produce little or zero results, and the margin for error is very slim.

Continuous review of our VET Sector, Training Packages, funding arrangements is required, and our Nationally Recognised Training System should be adapted to meet emerging needs in vocational education and adult learning trends. This new generation of micro-learning solutions is certainly making an impact.

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