People don’t do what you expect; they do what you inspect!
Quality checking processes can provide early indicators of problems and ensure your RTO delivers products and services that meet customers’ needs and expectations..
If you do not have a process in place to review your RTO’s courses at least annually and analyse data from enrolments; surveys; feedback; complaints and validation you are not effectively monitoring the quality of your training and assessment. RTOs should ensure they retain evidence of reviewing training and assessment strategies and practices and an effective way of doing this is to include trainers and assessors in the process. You may determine in your checks that you are performing well and don’t need to make any significant changes to processes and this is fine so long as you can provide evidence of having undertaken such a review. However, in most cases RTOs will find something that needs improving and this is perfectly normal and expected.
Your RTO should have strategies in place to monitor and evaluate training and assessment strategies and practices. This could include internal audits, quality reviews and health checks. Ideally you should have a plan and schedule that identifies when you are going to carry out these activities so you can resource it appropriately. The outcomes of your checks will inform you as to what improvements and changes you need to make to RTO processes. Ensure you include a focus on high risk areas such as third party arrangements so you regularly monitor the quality and compliance of these services being provided by your partners.
RTOs should implement processes that ensure reviews at regular intervals of strategies for training and assessment so as to reflect changes in industry technology and techniques, legislation, and the training package itself. Your RTO should also update strategies when resources change e.g. staff so as to ensure they reflect current practice. It is important to ensure you maintain comprehensive records of your reviews and updates so you can evidence systematic improvements made to processes within your organisation.
The Tasmanian government has held a roundtable focused on the skills needed to deliver the Government’s infrastructure pipeline. Peak industry, business and union representatives discussed the need for a collaborative approach to skills development in Tasmania.
The South Australian State Government will introduce a Bill in Parliament this week outlining significant reforms to deliver a more flexible and responsive training system for the state.
To help CRICOS providers understand and meet their obligations, ASQA have published additional guidance about certain key requirements under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and associated legislative instruments.
The National Skills Commission (NSC) is a critical new part of Australia’s economic infrastructure, providing expert advice and national leadership on the Australian labour market, current and future skills needs and workforce development issues. They have released their inaugural report today that shows while the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market has been significant, some data indicates early signs of stabilisation and a small increase in the number of employers looking to hire.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/inaugural-report-of-national-skills-commission-australian-labour-market-and-covid-19/
Jobs for apprentices have collapsed nationwide since social distancing measures began, threatening to cut off thousands of people from workplace training and exacerbating the looming skills shortage.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/apprenticeships-drop-by-two-thirds-amid-looming-skills-shortage-20200401-p54g0g.html
The Tasmanian Government has recently announced they are undertaking $30 million in upgrades to TasTAFE campuses, building new facilities and purchasing new equipment to bolster the economy from the effects of COVID-19.
Read more here: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6809562/vocational-training-to-play-a-critical-role/
Job applicants in the US will now be vetted based on the job skills they possess instead of college they went to earn the degree, according to the latest order signed by the American President Donald Trump.
Read more here: https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/donald-trump-overhauls-govt-hiring-process-new-order-to-focus-on-job-skills-instead-of-college-degree/2006483/
From 1 July 2020, key changes to the requirements for RTOs include: more opportunity to provide ASQA with a remedy for non-compliance and in turn, ASQA will consult with the sector on their approach to undertakings to remedy; ASQA may request information to be provided by RTOs by email or in a particular electronic file format; ASQA can now cancel a VET qualification or statement of attainment without first directing the RTO to do so; ASQA can now instruct that VET student records be provided in a specified electronic format by RTOs.