Our Story: July 2021 -
Growth of the business for niche writing, and assessment validation services has completely booked the team until the end of 2021 and up to March 2022. To manage the workload and maintain quality of outputs, for the moment, we are accepting future contracts from existing clients or referrals only.
As the VET Sector continues on its path of change amidst numerous reform efforts and Australia starts to re-open in an adjusted COVID-19 world, the changes to the ways business is conducted and the products and services required by RTOs means Specialised VET Services continues to be responsive and flexible in ever-changing markets. Behind the scenes, we are focusing our efforts on a number of internal projects due for release late 2021/early 2022.
With the increased regulatory focus on self-assurance of operations by RTOs, Training Tools has become an even more popular option for best-practice guidance through templates and tools for use in the RTO's Quality System.
Into 2022, the Skills Education platform will continue to offer ongoing professional development opportunities for educators and to showcase the expertise of numerous presenters on topics relevant to VET, RTO operations and compliance issues, and education and learning. The introduction of our Trainer Chat sessions has been especially popular in 2021.
Our story: May 2016 - June 2021
Specialised VET Services (SVETS) is comprised of a number of well-known and trusted brands to the Australian vocational education and training sector.
Headed by Michelle Charlton, SVETS has grown in response to client enquiry and demand. Each section of the business has a team of people with different skills specific to the products or services offered.
Michelle founded Write On Resources which quickly established itself as a niche provider of customised and bespoke resource development. Write On Resources is trusted to support some of Australia's largest RTOs - whether through design and development of 'to order' assessment materials, or via specialised project support services like assessment review, validation and marking activities.
VET PD Group was established to support VET practitioners to: connect with others, new and existing ideas; grow perspectives and professional performance; and to strengthen practice, student and sector outcomes. Originally, VET PD Group offered workshops and webinars but has since morphed to become a provider of complimentary information to the VET sector.
Each week, the team curates mentions of VET from around Australia and collates the information into a one-stop-news service known as the VET PD Reading Round Up. We email notification of the weekly updates to people on our mailing list and publish the links via social media channels for all interested parties.
The VET PD Group brand is an active contributor on social media with regular updates and announcements related to vocational education and training. Follow us on LinkedIn to be in the loop with these.
VET Assessment Validation Services (Validations) was introduced to offer specialised assessment review and validation services to RTOs who need to confirm the quality of their tools and materials. The team for this service are hand-selected using an evidence-based decision making process, and have specific skills linked to analysis and unit interpretation. Majority of Validations' clients are seeking confirmation that tools (developed by their own organisation or purchased 'off the shelf') are fit for purpose.
After seeing many negative compliance and validation reports, it was decided that the same principles used and trusted in the Write On Resources approach was desperately needed in the 'off the shelf' market for training and assessment materials.
Training Tools was introduced to address this gap and it offers assessment materials, compliance guides, compliance templates, learner theory booklets, product/service combos and SimBiz frameworks which support delivery to students without a workplace.
Training Tools products give RTOs the best possible starting point by providing templates and materials that can be customised to suit specific business needs and one of its best selling products is the Big Book of kNOw, which has been purchased by other instructional designers as a valuable resource to support best practice validation and assessment design.
Skills Education has become the professional development arm of the business. Our mission is to support success in VET and this means anything related to learning, teaching, training, TAE, technology, VET, RTO operations, foundation skills, compliance issues and tips, student support and business growth is on our radar and in our program. We offer a platform for presenters - as an expert in their field of interest - to deliver PD activities and events.
In its first eight months of operation in 2020, Skills Education hosted 54 webinars for attendee audiences in the 1000s! The 2021 program filled with topics relevant to educators and people working in Australia's Vocational Education and Training sector.
If you are a presenter and would like to find out more about delivering for Skills Education, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.
As SVETS expanded its own footprint supporting Australia's VET sector, it became apparent that just as we hunt for skilled workers and partners, so too, do RTOs search for and seek recommendations on where to find suppliers of products and services they need to run their business. Specialised RTO Services is a VET Directory that Registered Training Organisations can search to find the materials, resources and advice they need.
Specialised RTO Services was founded with a single mission: to be the 'go-to' spot for information on products, services and suppliers that are directly related to the vocational education and training sector. We connect businesses who are in business to service and support other businesses, and invite niche providers to list their products and/or services so they can be found by the RTOs that need them!
More about Michelle:
Michelle is regularly commissioned by Australia's leading professional development organisations to design and deliver training sessions on learning and development, compliance, and instructional design issues. She loves learning things, problem-solving and enjoys sharing what she knows with others.
Michelle has tertiary qualifications in psychology, adult and vocational education and a Masters in Training and Development.
Michelle first entered workplace training in 1993 when she was appointed Retail Training Coordinator for an international luxury goods brand. Her responsibilities included sales skills and product knowledge training for staff. At the time, one of her training activities was circulated world-wide to staff in all stores.
Since then, Michelle has worked for a variety of organisations of various sizes, in both the public and private sector; VET and non-VET related. Her work experience and vocational qualifications include those in workshop facilitation and presentation, business operations, leadership and management, project management and retail skills. Additionally, Michelle has experience owning and operating award-winning businesses so she understands the complexities of employing others, growing a business, and driving a culture of continuous improvement and quality customer service.
In recent years, Michelle has worked within the VET sector as a trainer and assessor, RTO branch manager, instructional designer and compliance consultant. Her main focus now is to work with her team to provide specialised VET and RTO support services including:
Writing and resource development
QA review services
Professional Development information and activities
Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn.
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