Australia’s electrical industry has hit back at recent reports in the media criticising poor vocational education and training outcomes at a small number of private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) providing training for the building and construction industry.
The peak industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), which trains over 2000 electrical and communications apprentices – many through private RTOs, says that the nature of the reporting implies that privately run training is inferior to public which is both untrue and unfair.
NECA Chief Executive Officer James Tinslay said, “After seeing the reports in the media some people may have incorrectly concluded that privately run RTOs are in some way inferior and produce poorly skilled workers. This is untrue and unfair.
“RTOs providing off-the-job training to Australia’s future electricians - both private and public - deliver high quality training that meet employer expectations.
“The issue is not public vs. private, but rather that there is an open and contestable market for training that meets employers’ needs.
“All RTOs should meet outcome based auditing which ensures that the needs of industry are met.
“Private RTOs play a crucial role in an open and competitive market and employers seek a provider that is focussed on working with them to produce graduates who meet employer skills needs.
“NECA operates or works closely with a range of private RTOs and believes that they provide high quality training and a valuable resource to industry.”