The Importance of Quality Training Resources in RTOs

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Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia were responsible for providing vocational education and training to 4.5 million students in 2023 alone (NCVER, 2023).

 RTOs support individuals to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to attain essential work skills, gain qualifications, to support Australian industry and meet workforce demands. 

While there is a lot that goes into delivering high-quality programs,  central to their success is the prioritisation of top-notch training resources. The resources that an RTO chooses to form the foundation of their course delivery, directly influences learning outcomes, the satisfaction of students, and ultimately, the quality of skills in the Australian workforce. There is an undeniable correlation between high-quality training materials and successful student outcomes.

The Role of RTOs in Upholding Quality Standards

As you are likely aware, RTOs are obligated to offer training and assessments that meet national quality standards. Central to this mandate is the provision of quality training and robust assessment.

By investing in quality materials, RTOs not only bolster their reputation but also play an instrumental role in sculpting a skilled workforce. It becomes a testament to their commitment to excellence and their dedication to the advancement of vocational education in Australia.

Nurturing the Future with Quality Training Resources

Australia’s future hinges on its workforce. As industries evolve and the demands of the labour market shift, the need for skilled professionals becomes more pronounced. RTOs are at the heart of this transformation. Their influence, however, is contingent on the learning resources they use.

A student’s journey is shaped by multiple factors – from trainers, support, access to resources and infrastructure. But, training materials remain a cornerstone. They serve as the primary conduit of knowledge, setting the stage for a student’s future accomplishments.

To truly prepare students for the future, RTOs must continuously evaluate and refine their training resources. This not only involves keeping them current but also ensuring they resonate with students, facilitating understanding and retention.

Setting the Benchmark with Quality Training Materials

High-quality training resources can differentiate between a competent professional and one who struggles to meet the requirements of their role. Several reasons underscore the importance of these resources:

  • Enhanced Comprehension
    Materials crafted meticulously, employing the latest pedagogical techniques, help students grasp complex concepts.
  • Engagement
    Contemporary training resources should be infused with interactive elements – from simulations and self-reflection opportunities, to multimedia components such as voice and video. This variety of elements should be considered in the design of training resources to support the variety of learning styles and preferences a student of today’s world is accustomed to.
  • Real-world Relevance
    Top-tier materials reflect current industry practices, trends, tools and technologies. By acquainting students with the current needs of the workplace, good learning resources ensure students are ready for the demands of their chosen vocation.

The Impact of Outdated or Inferior Resources

Conversely, outdated or subpar materials can have a profoundly negative impact on the learning experience:

  • Misinformation: Outdated resources may contain information that is no longer relevant or accurate. Relying on these can lead students astray, hampering their career prospects.
  • Decreased Motivation: Subpar materials can be demotivating. When students are provided with resources that are dull or difficult to comprehend, their enthusiasm to learn rapidly diminishes.
  • Skills Gap: With inferior training materials, there’s a risk of producing graduates who are ill-prepared for the real-world challenges of their chosen professions.

Improving student Satisfaction

A pivotal metric in the realm of education is student satisfaction. It is a reflection not just of the content’s relevance and accuracy but also of the learning experience it fosters. Quality training resources play an indispensable role in enhancing this satisfaction:

Tailored Learning Experience: High-quality resources are often flexible, catering for different learning preferences and paces, giving students options about their own learning journey and preparedness for either assessment, or on-the-job requirements. This personalised touch can significantly elevate student satisfaction, as students feel the content resonates with their unique needs.

Boosted Confidence: students are more likely to understand and retain knowledge when they have access to accurate, clear, and engaging materials, that support their learning preferences. This understanding instils confidence, enabling students to participate more actively and apply their knowledge confidently in practical scenarios.

Reduced Learning Frustrations: Outdated or poorly structured materials can lead to confusion and frustration. Quality resources, on the other hand, are designed with clarity and coherence, minimising points of friction in the learning journey.

Fostering a Positive Learning Environment: The right resources can cultivate a conducive learning atmosphere where students are eager to explore, inquire, and collaborate. Such an environment not only bolsters student satisfaction but also promotes deeper understanding and critical thinking.

Providing students with a learning environment equipped with high-quality resources increases the likelihood that they will have a positive learning experience and feel satisfied with their accomplishments.

Investing Today and Saving Tomorrow

Quality training resources in RTOs are instrumental for Australia’s evolving workforce demands. By investing in top-tier materials, students gain a robust foundation, translating into proficient real-world applications.

This initial investment, while seemingly substantial, offers significant long-term financial benefits. Superior resources reduce the likelihood of reassessment, additional support needs and accelerate course completions, leading to cost savings. Moreover, well-prepared graduates bolster the economy and address skill gaps, providing dividends beyond mere financial gains.

RTOs that champion quality in training resources solidify their reputation in vocational education, attracting more students and industry collaborations. In essence, prioritising quality is both a strategic move for superior student outcomes and a cost-effective decision for the future.

Choosing the Highest Quality for your RTO

The significance of quality training resources in RTOs cannot be overstated. They are the bedrock upon which successful learning outcomes are built. If you are looking for an RTO resource provider that prioritises the highest quality materials available, look no further than Eduworks. As Australia’s premier educational resource provider for RTOs and TAFES, we are committed to offering the highest quality resources and personalised service so that your needs are always met.


NCVER. (2023). Latest VET statistics.


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Shashi Hodge

Shashi started her career in the VET sector in 2001 by helping to build an award-winning RTO with multi-jurisdictional presence across Australia, where Shashi was responsible for overseeing the RTO’s operations across three interstate locations.
During her career, Shashi has held roles such as National Operations Manager, Compliance Manager, Training Manager and Industry Based Learning Manager in RTOs before she established RTO Advice Group (now Eduworks Co.) with Jacqui Hodge in 2009.
Since 2009, Shashi has worked with a wide range of RTOs, supporting them in their registration journeys, working with clients to improve systems, designing learning programs, supporting and preparing for audits, supporting growth, as well as conducting numerous audits for RTOs across the country. Shashi was also an auditor for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) before setting up and running a TAE-focused RTO for a number of years before it was sold.
Shashi’s passion for high quality learning design and industry-focused assessment, led Shashi to design the methods, tools and processes we use at Eduworks Resources to develop our 6 times award-winning learning and assessment resources.
Shashi is the CEO and Director of Eduworks Co and is a hands-on passionate VET leader, constantly pushing the team forward to inspire new innovations and solutions to support the sector.

Shashi Hodge

Shashi started her career in the VET sector in 2001 by helping to build an award-winning RTO with multi-jurisdictional presence across Australia, where Shashi was responsible for overseeing the RTO’s operations across three interstate offices.

During her career, Shashi has held roles such as National Operations Manager, Compliance Manager and Industry Based Learning Manager in RTOs before she established RTO Advice Group with Jacqui Hodge in 2009.

Since 2009, Shashi has worked with a wide range of clients, setting up RTOs, working with RTOs on their operations, quality systems, best practice delivery and staffing requirements, as well as conducting internal audits for RTOs. Shashi has also been an auditor, conducting registration and compliance audits for Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Shashi is the driving force behind Eduworks Resources, a well-respected resource division of RTO Advice Group, that develops high quality resources for more than 10 different Training Packages, including Business Services and Financial Services. In 2013, Shashi also set up and registered Training Partners Australia, trading as RTO Leadership Institute, an RTO that now focuses on delivering high quality programs for the VET sector.

Shashi is the CEO of Eduworks Resources and RTO Advice Group and oversees the day to day effective running of the company.