RTO Excellence & Performance In The Northern Territory

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As the economic recovery gets underway, students and employers across the Northern Territory will be supported by independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with a long-standing commitment to excellence. Importantly, independent RTOs are backed by strong links to local businesses and a workforce of highly professional trainers and assessors.

Independent RTOs are the mainstay of the Northern Territory's vocational education and training sector. Collectively, they support 36,540 students – that’s around 82% of students in the Northern Territory in a vocational education and training program.

 

Northern Territory Data ― 
Number Of Students In Study


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 1,425 Students – 70% of all students in the state studying a Diploma and above.
◾ 2,170 Students – 60% of all students in the state studying a Certificate IV.
◾ 3,500 Students – 44% of all students in the state studying a Certificate III.
◾ 2,365 Students – 39% of all students in the state studying a Certificate I & II.

When it comes to supporting apprentices and trainees, independent RTOs in the Northern Territory have established themselves as delivering the quality outcomes that employers look for.

 

Northern Territory Data ― 
Apprentices & Trainees


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 1,370 students – 42% of all apprentices and trainees in the state over January-March 2020.

As the economic recovery gets underway across the Northern Territory, independent RTOs have the experience to provide skills in areas that are of strategic importance to businesses and the community.

 

Northern Territory Data ― 
Skills In Critical Areas


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 620 Students – 58% of all students in the territory across transport, logistic, resources and infrastructure disciplines.
◾ 970 Students – 52% of all students in the territory across agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management disciplines.

It’s no wonder then independent RTO’s are the preferred choice of businesses across the Northern Territory given the incredibly high level of satisfaction that exists. Although territory-specific data on employer satisfaction are not available, national data show independent providers lead the way.

 

Northern Territory Data ― 
Employer Satisfaction*


 

◾ 89.7% of employers were satisfied with the relevance of skills taught by independent RTOs.
◾ 89.6% of employers were satisfied with the trainer’s knowledge and experience of the industry at independent RTOs.
◾ 91.5% of employers were satisfied with the condition of equipment and facilities at independent RTOs.
◾ 90.0% of employers were satisfied with an independent RTO’s flexibility in meeting their needs.
◾ 84.9% of employers were satisfied with the cost-effectiveness of training at independent RTOs.

Importantly, independent providers are also the benchmark when it comes to student satisfaction in the territory.

 

Northern Territory Data ― 
Student Satisfaction & Outcomes


 

◾ 94.7% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were satisfied with the overall quality of training.
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89.7% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs achieved their main reason for training.
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68.2% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs had improved employment status after training.
◾ 89.0% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were employed or entered further study after training.
◾ 77.7% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were employed after training.

There are approximately 44 active independent RTOs headquartered in the Northern Territory that clearly have a track record for excellence.

Independent RTOs in the Northern Territory range in size from small family businesses to the local operations of large national companies. They can be non-profit organisations (e.g. a community college or a sporting club), a training college run by a church or a for-profit organisation. They share a commitment for delivering the quality outcomes that students and their employers look for.

As businesses look to the future with hope and set about the task of seeking new employees, or reskilling their existing workforce, it’s clear independent RTOs will play the lead role.

Getting Involved ―

If you're employed by an independent RTO and would like to know more about government funding and RTO excellence in the Northern Territory, be sure to get involved in the ITECA Northern Territory Funded Provider Interest Group.

Further Information ―

To find out more about getting involved in promotion of independent RTO excellence in the Northern Territory, send an email to [email protected] or telephone 1300 421 017.  Keep up to date via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.



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Data Sources:
National Centre For Vocational Education & Research (NCVER) datasets on student enrolments, student satisfaction and employer satisfaction.
* The employer satisfaction is nationally aggregated survey responses (not specific to the Northern Territory)


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