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Okay, you’ve read about Australian Vocational Skills and Education (AVSE) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) on this website. Additionally, you’ve almost certainly searched on the internet and elsewhere for ‘reviews’ and information. Excellent, it’s the smart thing to do! ‘Due diligence’ is imperative, especially when the proposition involves a business relationship on an international scale. The crucial question no doubt is: why should your training business partner with AVSE to deliver AQF qualifications? It’s a fair question that deserves a well-considered response. Here’s what we think:
It makes good business sense: Assuming your business is not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, the reality is that you have no authority to deliver AQF qualifications. If you wish to deliver AQF qualifications, you’ll need to enter into a partnership arrangement with an established Australian RTO that can offer training programmes offshore that are relevant to your industry. AVSE clearly ‘ticks all the boxes’.
Just as you will need to partner with an Australian RTO to deliver AQF qualifications in your city, AVSE will need to partner with an entity like yours to achieve the same outcome. We have access to top-notch, internationally recognised training programmes, but we don’t have your local knowledge, trainers, infrastructure and suchlike.
Put succinctly, you won’t be able to deliver AQF qualifications in your city without AVSE (or another RTO). Equally, AVSE won’t be able to deliver AQF qualifications in your city without you (or another local training provider) coming onboard. We need each other to achieve the desired outcome.
Distinguish your business in a competitive market: Assuming your current training programmes are unaccredited or come with dubious accreditation, there’s ‘good news’ – and ‘not so good news’. Let’s address the ‘not so good news’ first. No matter how great your training courses are, the certification will only ever carry the value of the paper that it’s printed on. It will carry zero academic or vocational training weight in an international context. Anecdotally, 95% plus of training courses worldwide are either unaccredited or ‘accredited’ by entities that do not possess government sanctioned accrediting authority. This means that you’re surrounded by a multitiude of competitors, operating in the same ‘unaccredited’ space, which is the ‘lion’s share’ of the training market worldwide.
Here’s the good news. By moving from the ‘dark side’, you’ll no longer be competing with every ‘mum and dad’ training entity in your neighbourhood that is unaccredited or has dubious accreditation. Almost certainly you’ll be the only training provider in your city offering (Australian) government accredited training programmes. Moreover, you’ll be one of only a select few training providers worldwide offering a quality product that comes with ‘top-shelf’ certification and true international recognition.
Whilst it’s perfectly reasonable to say that some customers don’t care about accreditation, many do. Accreditation comes at a price and price is a key driver of choice. AVSE believes that offering an Australian Government accredited product at a price that local people can afford will squeeze out competitors at both ends of the spectrum – those who offer cheap unaccredited programmes and those who offer expensive, government accredited programmes.
Broaden your training horizon: There’s something for everyone with the AQF in the context of personal interest and complexity with content, assessment methods and suchlike being readily available at an affordable price or free of charge in some cases. It’s simply a matter of: 1. identifying a training gap in the market; 2. selecting a course within the AQF that will address the training gap; and 3. locking in a suitably qualified trainer. Sure, there are peripheral considerations such as the availability of a suitable training venue, but nothing that can’t be managed.
With access to courses across the spectrum, the opportunity to broaden your training curriculum can be yours if you wish. For example, let’s assume that you’re delivering barista training programmes now. You may wish to build on your barista training by adding food preparation. Your barista and food preparation courses may lead to offering training programmes in business management. It’s important to note that ‘broadening your training horizon’ doesn’t have to be within the same vocation. You might be a barista training guru who chooses to diversify and offer soft skills training in Conflict Resolution or in some other area.
While the AQF has any number of attractive features, ‘flexibility’ is pretty close to the top of the list. The flexibility that exists within the AQF allows RTOs (and contracted partners) to be as big or as small as they choose to be, under the supervision of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – the Australian regulator.
Better outcomes for students and trainers: It follows that students and trainers who participate in nationally accredited training – that’s internationally recognised – will achieve better outcomes across the board compared to those who participate in training that’s either not accredited or comes with dubious accreditation. How?
Quality Assurance: RTOs, trainers, 3rd parties and others directly or indirectly involved in delivering AQF qualifications must meet standards that are imposed by the Australian VET regulator (ASQA). Trainer qualifications, fraud prevention, third-party agreements and pre-course information are only four of a plethora of areas that are subject to audit by ASQA.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): There’s provision within the AQF for existing skills, knowledge and certification to carry credit (RPL) for further studies. This allows students to achieve higher level qualifications much quicker than would otherwise be the case.
Relevance: Study programmes within the AQF are updated regularly in response to the changing needs within a sector. The training that takes place is always the most recent version of a specific qualification.
Pathways to Learning: AQF qualifications follow a distinct 10-level pathway that allows students to move from secondary school, to vocational training and on to university studies should they choose to. At any time, students can put their learning on hold, comforted by the knowledge that RPL is available and they can recommence at a time and place that suits them.
International Alignment: The AQF is responsive to globalisation. AQF qualifications are a known quantity worldwide and are easily mapped against other national qualification frameworks. For example, if you’re a practicing lawyer in Australia, there is every reason to believe that your legal qualification will be recognised for work purposes in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
On this page we have looked at why your training business should partner with AVSE to deliver AQF qualifications. AVSE believes that a partnership arrangement makes good business sense, will allow your training business to flourish in a competitive market, provides access to opportunities that would otherwise not exist and importantly, will lead to better outcomes for students and trainers. Of course, you know what’s best for your training business, but at AVSE we believe that now is the time to do some really good work, important work, together.
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