Off-the-rack sometimes just doesn't cut it!
Have you ever bought a suit for in important event, only to find it doesn’t quite fit right? Sleeves too long, pants a bit snug, shoulders not exactly even…
For special occasions, off-the-rack sometimes just doesn’t cut it. You need something that’s tailor-made just for you.
It’s the same with education.
And what could be more special an occasion than when you’re looking to update your skills or to help your employees update theirs?
In an ever-changing workplace and industry climate, one size simply doesn’t fit all when it comes to training and education. For too long, giant educational entities have steadfastly refused to shift their approach away from this ‘off-the-rack’ mentality, and have continued to try – futilely – to jam square pegs through round holes regardless of the outcomes.
While those pulling the levers of school curricula are beginning to recognise that in order to maximise learning there must be some recognition of the individual within the system– particularly for those square pegs – the notion of tailored training remains anathema to large centralised institutions offering adult education.
The rolling out of a ‘template’ for training into which every learner must fit ticks a whole raft of bureaucratic boxes, but it does nothing to achieve genuine and practical educational or employment results.
As a society, we increasingly recognise the value and importance of the individual and of diversity in all aspects of life – except when it comes to adult education and training, where the majority of monopolistic providers still cling to the ‘template’ model on which their continued funding largely relies.
Despite the vast diversity of industry and learner demographics we have in Australia, particularly in regional areas such as ours, funding bodies still seem intent on imposing mandates and restrictions on training. They do this under the guise of ‘transparency’ and ‘quality’ – buzz words guaranteed to cloud the issue and silence critics of centralised control.
However, in offering neither flexibility nor the opportunity for individualised tailoring, these models ignore rather than embrace diversity – very much to the detriment of the communities and societies they purport to serve.
In the real world – where competition is fierce and those without practical and applicable skills are quickly overlooked – learners and businesses (and therefore their communities) are best served by training and educational opportunities that are tailored specifically to suit THEIR needs – not what they’re told they need.
This is particularly so for ‘marginalised’, or disadvantaged, learners who come from lower socio-economic circumstances, or who have language, physical or other barriers to overcome in their quest for education.
If, as a society, we genuinely want to address the issue of disadvantage, crime, unemployment and anti-social behaviour, education is where we start. And if that education is to truly make a difference, there must be room within the overall framework, the ‘system’, to make adjustments to not only the kinds of skills training on offer, but the ways in which that training is delivered.
This is what smaller education providers, like Western College, are trying to do. They are able to shape and construct training to suit the needs of the learner and the business community in which that learner, once skilled and trained, will be aiming to gain employment.
Unlike the institutionalised approach, smaller providers are able to liaise directly with these employers to find out exactly what kinds of skills they’re looking for in potential employees – then match the training specifically to meet those needs, thereby linking the learner with real and genuine employment opportunities.
Education should not be an exercise in bureaucratic box ticking.
It’s like that off the rack suit – it’s never going to fit everyone, but with some individual tailoring, it can be altered to sit well and fit comfortably.
Current Capacity: Filling Up
Available Places: 2
This 3 - hour hands on workshop will give you the opportunity to experience many of the professional techniques used when decorating cup cakes. The cup cakes will be supplied so you can spend more time decorating. You will finish the workshop with four decorated styles of cup cakes. The workshop is suitable to both beginners and those who are little more experienced. You will be given a list of equipment that you will need to purchase prior to class. Click here for a list of essential equipment for the course.
Monday 20 May (1 session)
6pm - 9pm, $30
Plus additional costs for ingredients $36 - payable at time of Enrolment.
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Current Capacity: Available
Available Places: 5
We have all been to a meeting that has been poorly managed, only to leave feeling it was a waste of time for all involved. In this one day workshop you will cover the following topics:
• Reasons for holding meetings;
• Strategies for managing effective meetings;
• Keeping meetings on track;
• Ensuring meetings achieve specific objectives;
• The different roles involved in meetings.
Tuesday 28th May (1 Session)
9:00am - 5:00pm, $260.00
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Current Capacity: Available
Available Places: 8
This course covers the requirements of the construction industry regulations. Participants can receive 24 CPD points on successful completion of the course. This is also essential training for anyone seeking employment on construction sites as it assists employees to understand legislation and work with employers to meet the obligations of fostering a safer workplace.
Successful completion will lead to a Statement of Attainment for 1 unit from CPC10108 Certificate I in Construction, CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry.
Friday 31st May (1 session)
9:00am – 4:00pm, $196 (includes catering)
IMPORTANT NOTES: Participants must bring 100 points of identification on the day of the course.
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Writing the stories of your life, the next level
Please be advised that this course has been advertised on a Thursday when it should be a Wednesday. This course commences on Wednesday 15th May and finishes on Wednesday 19th June (6 Sessions). We apologise for any inconvenience.
Western College advises that the following courses have been Cancelled:
- Senior First Aid - 21st & 22nd May 2013
- First Aid Refresher - 23rd May 2013
- Produce Spreadsheets (Vista / Excel 2010) - 28th May 2013
If you wish to join our Expression of Interest list for these courses, please contact us.