RTO VET Research

We can assist you in designing research, managing projects and applying for funding.

Ruth Walker, the CEO of Independent Assessment Validation Services, has over 20 years experience in VET as a trainer, auditor and researcher.

She specialises in managing projects and conducting research for RTO’s to inform decisions and practices in vocational education.

If you have an idea for a project and would like assistance with grant writing, research, or project management please contact us today to discuss.

These are some of Ruth’s past research and projects.

LLN and VET Community of Practice
This project involved LLN and VET practitioners working together to develop learning and assessment strategies and assessment materials for the Foundations Skills Training Package.

My role involved designing the project, applying for funding, managing the team, validating assessment strategies and materials and researching into the enablers and barriers to LLN and VET practitioners working together. The project was conducted in 2012 and resulted in a number of presentations (NCVER, ACAL, Cooperative Learning Limited) and a number of publications including: Language, literacy and numeracy and vocational education collaboration: enablers and barriers, NCVER Research report http://wwwncver.edu.au/publications/2728.html

A Quality VET Teaching and Learning Framework for Community Colleges
This project was conducted in 2012 and involved researching various teaching and learning frameworks across school, VET and higher education and hosting focus groups to determine a framework that would be suitable for Community Colleges. http://avetra.org.au/publications/conference-archives/conference-2012-papers

Sustainable College Kit 
This project involved working with a team of sustainability experts to develop an online resource to support colleges to implement sustainable practices and green skills training within their colleges. The project was conducted in 2011.

Data Management Champions 
This project conducted from 2010 to 2011 involved developing an online course to support RTOs in managing quality data for funding and reporting purposes. It also involved training and group of champions in the use of the online course.

Stepping Stones 
This project was conducted in 2010 and involved analysing the role played by community colleges in providing pathways from non-accredited and lower level qualifications to further education.

Training and Assessment (TAA40104) Community Providers in NSW
Training and assessment (TAA40104) community providers in NSW: Participant intent and outcomes. This research was conducted in 2010 when I was lucky enough to win a place in the NCVER VET Practitioner Research Community of Practice. The report is published at NCVER Research report, http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2275.html

For more details of projects, publications and presentations see https://au.linkedin.com/in/ruthwalker2