Challenges Facing VET: The cloak of secrecy in Australia’s IR system



RTOs are in the business of education.  Education relies on trust.  Trainers/Assessors must not only engender the trust of their students, they must gain the trust of their colleagues, managers and employer.

But just like employers, and people generally, they cannot all be trusted.

When it comes time to recruit a new Trainer, we very much use what they tell us about their past experience as a guide to what we can expect from them and from that we determine if we can trust them to be trusted by our students, and thus to get the job done.  We then manage them based on an understanding of what is generally agreed as acceptable conduct in the Australian workplace.  (The same applies to people who lose their jobs because of gross misconduct, only to roll out the “I’m a consultant” sign who has worked with [insert name of trusted former employer who sacked them].) Read more…

Challenges facing VET: Effective adult class size

Challenges facing VET


The number of students in an adult classroom has been the center of attention for the researchers for a few years. There have been various manifolds in perspectives of research regarding this subject. Some of the researchers suggest smaller class sizes are better whereas others deny the productivity of small classroom sizes and recommend larger classrooms Read more…

What did you do during COVID? It’s a question you can expect to be asked.

Do you have enough?

When this COVID situation is all over, there will be lots of people looking for jobs.

It has started already, and now (early May) I am fielding a few inquiries each week: people who have lost their jobs, people on reduced hours as well as people who hours have increased.  No matter their situation, they are all wanting to know how they can get a new/better/different job.

So, here are my thoughts on that. Read more…

Challenges facing VET: Distraction

Challenges facing VET

We live in a world changing faster than ever before, with more technology and productivity tools at our fingertips than ever before; and yet, one of the most common frustrations facing anyone working in RTO Land is overwhelm.

There’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.  We’re constantly feeling ‘on’ all the time, never being able to Read more…