Partnering with an RTO
Not all rail organisations have the required resources to become a registered training organisation (RTO) but would still like to deliver in-house accredited training or assess candidates using Skills Recognition processes. For these organisations, partnering with an RTO makes good sense. The partnership allows them to:
The basis of RTO partnerships
Under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), RTOs may establish partnerships with non-registered organisations to offer a broad range of training and assessment services. The basis of RTO partnerships aims to:
Establishing a partnership arrangement provides an opportunity to share skills, effort and resources for mutual benefit, thus reducing costs by achieving economies of scale. Non-registered organisations may enter into an agreement with an RTO to deliver nationally recognised training or assessment services on behalf of the RTO, which remains responsible for compliance with the AQF.
When a non-registered organisation partners with an RTO, the partners have the following responsibilities:
The RTO can only issue a qualification or statement of attainment for those qualifications that appear on its scope of registration.
It is the RTO’s responsibility to ensure the partner organisation is aware of the training and assessment records that must be kept and transferred to the RTO. At a minimum, the records transferred should include the assessment results and credit transfer outcomes. State and territory registering authorities may require access to these training and assessment records.
A framework for success
Both the RTO and the partner organisation need to establish a very clear picture of their organisations' needs commitment, resources and strategic intent before entering a partnership arrangement. It is important to establish the gaps each organisation is looking to fill by the partnership arrangement.
The sorts of questions that would be helpful to ask include:
The partnering organisations need to be sure they can work together. They need to understand each other’s values, attitudes and culture and ensure a strong basis for mutual respect and teamwork.
The partnership arrangementOnce the organisations have decided to form a partnership arrangement, time is well spent establishing a framework that deals with what and how things will be achieved. It is important all partners state their key interests, intent and needs before developing the details of the partnershiping. This could be a combination of on and off-the-job training.