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How to choose a quality Vocational Education Provider

After the collapse of some of Australia's largest training organisations over the past 12 months, you could be forgiven for thinking there is something concerning happening within the Vocational Education sector.

23 Jun 2017

After the collapse of some of Australia’s largest training organisations over the past 12 months, you could be forgiven for thinking there is something concerning happening within the Vocational Education sector. Recent changes to Government funding legislation has proven to be separating the wheat from the chaff, cutting funding to private training colleges and institutions who are taking course grants and funding, but are not delivering real student outcomes.

So how can you tell if the training organisation you’re paying to train your apprentice or trainee is providing quality training? General Manger of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Mary Campbell says a proven history of successful outcomes for both students and employers is key.

“We have 98% completion rates for our students, and a 95.7% satisfaction rating from our employers based on our latest survey. Our student employment rates are also sitting at around 93%, much higher than the major universities.” Ms Campbell puts this success down to her dedicated industry-experienced teaching staff and state-of-the-art training facilities which replicate a real work environment.

“TAFE Queensland have been around for 130 years. A lot of the new players have tried to suggest that we’re outdated, however with our ongoing evaluation of courses and flexible training options that couldn’t be further from the truth”, Ms Campbell said.

Five attributes of quality training providers:

1. Look for high student outcome and completion rates – your training organisation should be open to sharing this with you.
2. Look at student and employer satisfaction rates – if others aren’t satisfied, it’s likely you won’t be either.
3. Look for government support and funding arrangements – this will ensure you’re covered in case of a collapse.
4. Do your research to determine if the training organisation has stood the test of time – generally speaking, quality training providers last.
5. Look for quality training facilities – ask your training organisation for a tour of their workshops to ensure your employee is being trained on the latest and best equipment.

For further information about training your apprentice with TAFE Queensland, please use the enquiry form below.

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