Choosing a Training Provider
Choosing a training provider or organisation is a big decision for any student, with the ‘right’ choice resulting in a positive study experience and career-appropriate qualification.
VFA Learning has released the following “Choosing a Training Provider” checklist to help students navigate their own selection process.
1. Course reputation: Does the organization offer high-quality training that is respected by the industry?
A course’s reputation and success rate can be identified by talking to current students and staff as well as employers and members of the relevant industry association. Additionally, it is worth speaking to recent graduates to learn about their employment success.
2. Quantity of training: Does the organization offer training over a duration that will ensure the skill development required for success?
Very short, intense courses may mean that students lack the time to practice newfound skills and knowledge. In turn, this can impact students’ confidence levels and subsequent graduate employment rates.
3. Methods of study: Does the organization offer suitable teaching methods, student support and course materials?
Studying online offers convenience, but it can also be isolating. Studying in a classroom offers more immediate student support and a social experience, but it means students must travel to the organization, and adhere to a set timetable. Some coursed offer blended training options, which enable students to customize their study experience based on what suits them.
4. Student support: Does the organization offer student services to assist with ongoing needs?
Look out for mentoring programs, study assistance, careers services, social groups, counselling and medical services.
5. Fees: What is the total cost, and is there any government support available?
Knowing how much each course will cost and how much you can afford to spend on your education is an important factor in choosing where to study. You may be eligible for a government funded position, and on higher level courses, you may also be eligible for VET fee help.
6. Campus location: Is the organization convenient to travel to?
It’s important to consider how much in-class time is required, travel times and costs, and whether you need to live away from home to study there.
7. The student body and college atmosphere: Does the organization feel like a ‘fit’?
It’s important to consider how students ‘fit in’. Consider whether there more school leavers or mature age students in each course. If there is a strong social atmosphere, and extracurricular activities offered. Visit the institution to ensure that it has an atmosphere that suits you.
The right course exists for you, whether it is to earn a qualification for massage therapy, fitness, childcare or something else. Make sure you do the research which organisation will ensure you will obtain the best qualification and importantly, receive support to achieve your dream job afterwards. The “Choosing a Training Provider” checklist can help you when deciding where to study.
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