SMART Training Needs Analysis (TNA) Process & Conversation Workshop

Are you committed to ensuring that all employees are provided with a clear sense of purpose on what is expected within their role in supporting your organisation to achieve its strategic goals?

This includes identifying the skills required for each job role and assessing each team member’s strengths and development needs against their job skill profile.

A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) framework draws upon a skills matrix and is used to support workforce planning, personnel reviews, career and succession planning.  Training and development options to address any gaps are built into each employee’s plan with the results aggregated to inform your organisation’s training budget and workforce plan.

Workforce BluePrint facilitates a workshop sessions to develop managers’ capacity to implement the TNA process.  To assist managers conduct development conversations with their team members, the workshop and guide summarises the main points of the process including guidance on applying some of the more advanced conversational techniques.

To achieve a best practice TNA outcome Workforce BluePrint recommends managers follow this simple system: SMART Conversations which is a process for the TNA and the basis for the workshop.

Duration: 2 hours

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VET HACK – RTO transformation experience

VET HACK has been created to transform and reinvigorate Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) agencies, setting them up for a sharper focus and success into 2017.

There are eight components to VET HACK that makes it transformational:

  1. A rocking MC from the startup world
  2. Connections across the startup ecosystem and VET networks
  3. Inspirational and informative speakers from the startup scene and VET
  4. Mentors that have expertise in entrepreneurship, startups and/or VET
  5. Opportunity to work intensively using a lean methodology
  6. Outputs that make a huge difference to your clients and team
  7. Recognised leaders that will judge the final pitches and award prizes
  8. Student participation with work placements like no other

RTO employees work together with students and mentors to “growth hack” VET policies, products, processes, resources, systems or services.

Students gain credible, workplace based experience to contribute towards making them highly desirable employees.

And in two days you will achieve what you would usually think would take months!

What is VET HACK similar to?

VET HACK has a different format and outcomes but is similar in facilitation to:

VET HACK focuses on existing businesses (not startups, however spin offs might be possible) and in the context of VET reform, changes and challenging markets.

How does it work?

Organisations pay a nominal team fee and for students there is a small fee to participate.

One week prior to the event each participating organisation will submit a video covering who they are, why they are in VET, what the RTO provides, what they think they do well and what might need to be improved.

Who should participate?

The ideal participants are RTO’s are looking to make changes and improve their approach rapidly.  They need to be quick decision makers, open to change, ready to share information, all to help teams members work on the RTO.

You can only participate if all of the decision makers in the RTO are accessible (preferably present) for the duration of VET HACK.

What will happen?

The idea is for all aspects of your RTO to be reviewed and as many improvements made as possible.

You will have 180 seconds to pitch the expertise and experience you need for your RTO to the potential team members in the room at the start of the event.

When the pitches are over, the networking starts and people will have 20 minutes to sell themselves to the RTO/team they want to work with.  At the end of the session the RTO’s will have a team of up to 10 team members.

The target number of people participating in this event is 100-200.

What might the schedule look like? (subject to your feedback of course!)

Pre-night (alternative is to fit into 2 days but this might be a squeeze)

5.30 pm Registration starts

6.00 pm Dinner and networking

7.00 pm Welcome and Speakers

7.30 pm Pitches start

8.00 pm Teams start forming and discuss ideas; inventory of skills and plan for the morning

Day 1

9.00 am Arrive and coffee

9.15 am Speaker

9.30 am Teams formed and set up workspace; idea generation

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Specialist mentors arrive

4.30 pm check in status reports, calls for help

5.00 pm Finished for the day

Day 2

9.00 am Arrive and coffee

9.15 am Speaker

9.30 am Review and calls for help

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Mentor pitch practice

3.00 pm prep for pitches

3.45 pm final pitches

4.15 pm Speaker whilst judging takes place

4.40 pm Top 3 pitches announced, prizes awarded

5.00 pm Wrap up and close

What expertise are we looking for?

Expertise that will be highly desirable for team members includes:

  • Web development
  • Systems and process
  • HR management and recruitment
  • Business and strategic planning
  • Accounting and finance
  • Technology apps and efficiency
  • Marketing and branding
  • Social media expertise
  • Graphic design
  • Social media
  • Presentation
  • Assessment and learning
  • elearning
  • Product and service design
  • VET reform and priorities

How long do you have?

VET HACK will run from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm however teams can work together in their own time outside of the official start and finish times.

The event is run over 2 days and a 1 day format is possible with a focus on Rapid Product Development.

What about Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property will remain with the RTO and the talent release form will reflect this requirement.

All participants will be required to sign a talent release form.

What criteria are pitches judged on?

Problem vs. solution/s – Unique Value Proposition
Brand, image and presentation tools
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
Testing and validation
Scalable and saleable?

Contact Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint via to discuss how VET HACK could transform your RTO.


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The Future of VET and Work 1/2 or 1 day Tour

The Future of VET and Work Tour

Experience the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and work through an interesting and insightful curated tour, ideally for those practitioners who want to be ahead of their peers, who think innovatively and want to make connections with leaders in their field.

See the newest VET and Higher Education settings, co-working spaces, hear about entrepreneurial programs and how to address regional workforce development needs.  Gain insights into the latest data on where employment demand and VET is headed, meeting inspirational people over the course of this amazing day out.

Audience: disability and employment service providers, VET, education, community, economic and workforce development practitioners.  This is an ideal lead in event to a national conference, forum or international delegation.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Duration: 1 day or 1/2 day

Please note that bus hire is included and you’ll need to buy your lunch.


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VET Workforce Skills profile

Would you like an easy and quick way to self-assess your skills and abilities against a VET Workforce Skills profile?

The VET Workforce Skills profile outlines common skills for all VET practitioners plus relevant functional skill areas covering Assessment, Employer and Industry Engagement, International VET, Learning and Facilitation, Systems and Compliance.

You may decide to access the online tool for your own purposes, identifying areas of development, where you are competent and areas of strength where you can develop others.

From your RTOs point of view, you can invite your VET practitioners and professionals to undertake a self-assessment that can then be aggregated into RTO wide reports showing development needs and capability.

Use this information for individual learning and development plans, performance reviews and as evidence to support compliance.

The following information is needed to undertake the self-assessment:

  • Payment
  • email
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Country

Once this information is received an email with video instructions will be sent to you and a link from Skillsbook™ will invite you to log in and rate your skills.

The VET Workforce Skills profile is mapped to units of competency from National Training Packages but this does not mean that you will be accredited in these units via the tool.  Moreover your individual report, that you will receive via email once you have completed the self-assessment process, will be a guide for planning development needs and could contribute as evidence towards something like an RPL application.

Investment: Order your skills profile now.

NB. this is based upon the number of people you wish to profile.

Number of people Investment
1-5 $97 incl GST
6-20 $92 incl GST
21-50 $87 incl GST
51-100 $82 incl GST
101+ $77 incl GST

Coaching and Mentoring

Where skills development needs are uncovered the following opportunities are available to you:

Online or over the phone and with the potential of face to face coaching and mentoring can be one-on-one or in groups as follows:

Number of people Investment
1-5 $330 incl GST/hour
6-10 $550 incl GST/hour
11-15 $770 incl GST/hour
16-20 $990.00 incl GST
20+ To be negotiated



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On the Job Training and Assessment

On the Job Training and Assessment

An engaging half day forum with an aim of flipping the thinking of participants towards believing in the workplace training and assessment approach.


The session outcomes can be customised to suit you and may include:

  • Understand the shift in employer views and demand towards on the job training and assessment
  • Discuss the impact reform has had on the provider and reasons for the loss of apprentice numbers
  • Identify ways that facilities could be utilised possibly for intensive training
  • Shift team members thinking away from associating on the job with ticking and flicking
  • Outlining the opportunity to work with the latest equipment, practices and tools
  • Show in a practical sense what a day would be like in the life of a workplace trainer and assessor
  • Build upon culture change and move closer towards what employers and students want with an on the job approach

An outline of the session covers:

  1. Introduction and overview for workplace training and assessment
  2. How to build rapport with the employer and apprentice/student quickly whilst establishing yourself as the expert in the room
  3. Negotiating the training plan to meet everyone’s needs overcoming conflict and disagreement
  4. Pain free assessment practices and the good life of a workplace trainer and assessor
  5. Summary and next steps

For further information and a quote, please email, thank you.


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