Five reasons to partner with a quality training provider

A growing trend in industry training is emerging, some 20 years after the first Australian employers were accredited to offer qualifications to their staff. Known as enterprise Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), companies that have invested considerable resources in their RTO systems are now starting to wind back these operations to focus on their core business and restarting partnerships with external training providers.

But as more enterprises consider the merits of external training partnerships over their Enterprise RTO status, only a quality and truly agile training partner can present a stronger proposition than an enterprise RTO.

1. Customising to meet individual needs

When the move towards enterprise training began in the mid-1990s, businesses were looking to have more control and greater integration of training with everyday work. They wanted to effectively deliver qualifications to large groups of workers, moving a steady stream of people to higher skill and competency levels throughout their organisation.

Today, quality training partnerships are driven by customisation, flexibility and consistency, to develop and deliver trusted training programs with proven results. Take our industry partner Hilton Manufacturing for example. By establishing an onsite weld shop training school to ensure high quality standards as a leading manufacturing company, a Chisholm expert provides on the job training three days a week, offering prompt and precise supervision that increases productivity rather than disrupt it. It is highly integrated and effective learning at a nationally recognised standard.

As Human Resource Manager, Anthony DiBatista explains, a quality training partner becomes an extension of an enterprise’s learning and development team, helping a business nurture potential leaders and developing innovative responses around human resource management.

2. Eliminating core business distraction

The onerous tasks involved in applying and maintaining enterprise RTO accreditation come at a significant cost – in staffing, in time spent keeping abreast of VET changes and compliance requirements, in time spent updating learning materials, in time spent applying for government funding – all distractions from core business activities.

A quality partner eliminates this distraction by taking over and managing all the time-consuming administration, compliance and reporting associated with accredited training. As a first step, its instructional designers supported by content writers ascertain which elements, including internal materials, documentation, informal individual skills and knowledge, can be mapped across to accredited training, then filling the gaps with additional resources.

Content writers should be subject matter experts with extensive experience working collaboratively with enterprises in reviewing and contextualising their materials and resources, ensuring that training aligns with business goals. Their understanding of best practice pedagogy creates engaging content and assessment, while benchmarking resources against the highest industry standards.

3. Enterprise organisations retain control over content and delivery

Customised content development by subject matter experts provide enterprises with full control and ownership of training that is unique to their organisation.

At Ventura Bus Lines for example, a new Certificate III in Driving Operations was recently launched in partnership with the company to elevate its internal road craft training to a nationally accredited award. As experts in bus driver training, Ventura continued to facilitate the road craft training aspects of the award to its driver applicants, while Chisholm delivered theoretical content including customer service and occupational health and safety, tailored to Ventura’s policies and procedures.

Human Resource Coordinator, Helen Giannousis: "This is a brand new course specifically tailored to Ventura’s operations as part of our recruitment strategy in the next 12 months. It was an opportunity to formalise our training with more structure and increase the number of highly skilled drivers we recruit."

4. Genuine flexibility to design client centric solutions

Chisholm enjoys the unique position of being self-accredited, uninhibited by a restrictive scope of product offering. This provides us with a unique platform for interesting conversations with our partners. An outcome of one such conversation is Chisholm’s Bachelor of Engineering Technology. The Bachelor program was designed in partnership with the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA) and key industry leaders to meet specific industry needs.

In addition to being self-accredited, for large enterprises spread across multiple geographic regions, our partnership ensures training consistency by being able to access funding in all states through our TAFE partner network.

5. Agility to respond to change

While organisational and regulatory changes often place a heavy burden on staff within enterprise RTOs, not to mention the costs of managing the effects of such changes, quality external training partners can quickly respond to the evolving needs of enterprises.

In the case for Hilton Manufacturing’s onsite training solution, "Our partnership with Chisholm allowed us to get this project off the ground quickly. They turned it around fast, they were focused, and we already see the value of our Return On Investment. We also now have a program that can easily be expanded into other courses," said DiBatista.

Chisholm continues to build on our proven record of industry partnership; developing trusted programs that deliver the results that our employer partners need.