Many rail organisations operate as enterprise RTOs. Enterprise registered training organisations are defined by the following characteristics:
The concept of the enterprise RTO is relatively new in Australia (no more than 20 years) and it is therefore not surprising that there is not as much information on the process of Skills Recognition in enterprise RTOs as there is for other situations.
A 2005 study of enterprise RTOs identified the following benefits of RPL for employers and employees (Cleary, M. and Down, C. (2005) Enterprise RPL Project, Brisbane, ANTA)
‘Enterprise RPL processes can reduce the time involved in making RPL assessments, provide assessment on-site and, therefore, reduce the costs both to the employer and the employees while still retaining a rigorous and consistent process. Additional benefits of an enterprise-based RPL system include:
The following recommendations also come from this study:
‘Before an enterprise-based RPL process is established, the following activities need to be undertaken:
The Enterprise Registered Training Association (ERTOA) is a key national body that represents and supports enterprise RTOs. As part of the COAG RPL promotion project, ERTOA undertook research into RPL processes among a sample of enterprise RTOs. The model of best practice RPL processes in enterprise RTOs as follows, is adapted from the findings of ERTOA’s report.
For further information on enterprise RTOs, and a more detailed discussion of their RPL model, visit the ERTOA website at http://ertoa.org/
A Skills Recognition model for enterprise RTOs
Adapted, with permission, from ERTOA (2009) RPL models in enterprise registered training organisations (final member’s report).