In 2012 RTO Connect was created as a separate arm to our sister company Vivacity RTO Coaching and Consulting. Whilst coaching and consulting our clients under Vivacity we identified two key needs that were not being properly managed by RTO’s, which represents a considerable risk to the RTO.
Firstly was the fact that the management of “RTO Partnerships” (whereby an organisation is delivering and assessing students in Partnership with an RTO under their scope of registration) were not being managed effectively.
The non-compliances we had identified during audits included:
• Inadequate management of compliance
• Lack of assessment validation
• Inadequate or lack of “Partnership Contracts”
• Lack of record keeping
• Lack of professional development for both Partners
• Inadequate or no “Staff Matrix” in place
• Lack of or no policies and procedures in place that specifically addresses how to manage Partnerships
• Training and Assessment Strategies do not address partnerships
The second need we identified under Vivacity was that a number of smaller RTO’s who were overwhelmed by the amount of compliance management required, in particular were RTO’s who started as a non-registered training organisation, who were either required to become an RTO due to Industry demand or who decided to become an RTO to meet Industry needs, where not familiar with all the compliance and regulatory requirements that are required by RTO’s.