An air-conditioning and refrigeration tradeswoman from Brisbane has taken out the top state award for Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Queensland Training Awards, which this year celebrates 60 years of excellence in training.
Read more here: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/93460
Clauses 1.1 to 1.4 and 2.2 of the SRTOs 2015 require RTOs to implement, monitor and evaluate training and assessment strategies and practices. Quality checking processes form an important part of your RTOs overall self-assessment system and can provide an early indicator of compliance risks ensuring your RTO delivers products and services that meet customers’ needs and expectations.
Your RTO should have a process in place to review your RTO’s courses at least annually and analyse data from enrolments; surveys; feedback; complaints and validation so you are effectively monitoring the quality of your training and assessment. RTOs should ensure they retain evidence of reviewing training and assessment strategies and practices and including trainers and assessors in the process is an effective way of doing so. 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.
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Albert Einstein is credited as saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It is time to view the traditional Vocational Education and Training (VET) model as bordering on insanity.
Read more here: https://bigrigs.com.au/index.php/2021/09/21/its-time-to-overhaul-the-traditional-training-model/
The federal government is set to test new approaches to designing digital qualifications and training under a trial aimed at meeting the changing needs of employers and job seekers in the tech sector
Read more here: https://www.itnews.com.au/news/govt-kicks-of-trial-to-redesign-digital-qualifications-training-567751
Victorians will be able to access the training they need for the jobs they want as the Andrews Labor Government makes a $383.8 million investment in skills, training and higher education in the Victorian Budget 2021/22.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/training-for-job-you-want-new-skills-authority-555272/
Queensland job seekers are set to benefit from the new $200 million JobTrainer Fund to train people for high demand occupations.
Apprentices have sounded the alarm over a proposal to remove requirements for on-the-job training as a mandatory part of trade qualifications.
Read more here: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7038591/fears-over-apprentice-on-the-job-training/
One of the first priorities for the new National Cabinet Reform Committee on Skills, being the old Skills Ministers forum, is to identify a reform direction for Training Product Design and Development. In the first of four articles, I put forward industry’s view on what that reform could look like, and what path it should not go down.