RTO Excellence & Performance In South Australia

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As the economic recovery gets underway, students and employers across South Australia 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 South Australia’s vocational education and training sector. Collectively, they support 221,175 students – that’s around 88% of students in South Australia in a vocational education and training program.

 

South Australian Data ― 
Number Of Students In Study


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 9,825 Students – 57% of all students in the state studying a Diploma and above
◾ 11,805 Students – 58% of all students in the state studying a Certificate IV
◾ 28,745 Students – 63% of all students in the state studying a Certificate III
◾ 9,565 Students – 40% of all students in the state studying a Certificate I & II

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

 

South Australian Data ― 
Apprentices & Trainees


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 10,545 students – 58% of all apprentices and trainees in the state over January-March 2020

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

 

South Australian Data ― 
Skills In Critical Areas


 

Students with independent tertiary education providers:
◾ 8,880 Students – 52% of all students in the state across engineering and related fields of study.
◾ 11,855 Students – 55% of all students in the state in nursing, healthcare and human welfare including childcare.
◾ 10,450 Students – 50% of all students in the state across business, management, sales, accounting and banking disciplines.

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

 

South Australian 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 state.

 

South Australian Data ― 
Student Satisfaction & Outcomes


 

◾ 89.8% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were satisfied with the overall quality of training.
◾ 69.9% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs had improved employment status after training.
◾ 88.6% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs achieved their main reason for training.
◾ 83.6% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were employed or entered further study after training.
◾ 78.2% of students in government-funded courses with private RTOs were employed after training.

There are approximately 173 active independent RTOs headquartered in South Australia that have a commitment to excellence.

Independent RTOs in South Australia 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 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 South Australia, be sure to get involved in the ITECA South Australian Funded Provider Interest Group.

Further Information ―

To find out more about getting involved in promotion of independent RTO excellence in South Australia, 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 South Australia)


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