5 Tips for your Training Budget

5 Tips for your Training Budget

With the new financial year less than a month away, a lot of organisations are now finalising their next years budgets (if they haven’t already) or considering how they will deploy whats left in this years budget to finish out the quarter and get a start on next years goals. Here’s 5 areas specific to online training platforms and content to consider when putting together your  budget for the year to come: 1. Platform Maintenance All platforms will need some form of maintenance over the coming 12 months. This includes your Learning Management System and possibly your website and Student Management System. Whether its software maintenance to keep the platform code in a safe, stable and secure working order or data maintenance to keep your information clean, updated and relevant (or both), make sure you put some budget in there to maintain your existing sites and data. 2. Upgrades and improvements Your platforms should not be set and forget. As business changes there will be opportunities to improve your processes and productivity. Maybe you want to add a new feature or plugin or integrate better with your reporting or financial system. Or maybe even its time to consider refreshing your theme to align with your new website or brand. Allow some budget this year to upgrade and improve. 3. Refresh a Course Just like your platform, your online course should not be set and forget. Its important that you keep your courses fresh and relevant. Just as you might update your PowerPoint deck or classroom notes with new examples or more recent images its important to do the same...
Google Meet – FREE* for all

Google Meet – FREE* for all

Still haven’t jumped on board the video conferencing train? Now is the time. Don’t delay training and communication with your staff.   Google has just announced that their Google Meet program will be free for everyone to use from now until September 2020!   Zoom is great but if you’re testing the waters or sceptical about how well your business will operate online then maybe Google Meet’s free trial is the place for you to start looking.   Google Meet allows you to set up secure meetings between 250 participants with NO time limits. This means only people with access to the meeting code will be able to join in on your call. There is also the option to record your meetings and get them sent straight to your Google Drive. That way you can manage your meetings and trace back to what was said.   Click here to read more about Google Meet’s free trial now!   While the video conferencing tools are great – if you’re looking for a more simple way to manage your training online or live face-to-face training, then give OTrain a call on (07) 3040 3310 or visit our website at...
What you need to know about Zoom 5.0

What you need to know about Zoom 5.0

Amongst the chaos caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, businesses and individuals have discovered that transferring online is not as scary or hard as originally thought. One of the ways businesses have discovered this is by using online meeting tools in order to connect with employees during the pandemic. One of the most popular online meeting tools is Zoom and today they have just released their Zoom 5.0 upgrade. Zoom 5.0 includes updates to the security of the tool.  The main security updates to the system is encryption to provide increased protection of meeting data and the resistance against meeting tampering. Along with the encryption upgrades, Zoom has grouped together the security controls making it easier for hosts to enable or disable certain controls for participants. This upgrade doesn’t take effect automatically and you will need to have updated to Zoom 5.0 by May 30 to continue to use Zoom. Click here to upgrade to Zoom 5.0 If you’re looking to upgrade your online training or live face-to-face training, then give OTrain a call on (07) 3040 3310 or visit our website...
5 Tips for your Training Budget

5 Tips for your Training Budget

With the new financial year less than a month away, a lot of organisations are now finalising their 2019/20 budgets (if they haven’t already) or considering how they will deploy the training budget to get the best returns and hit their 2020 goals. Here’s 5 areas to consider when putting together your online training budget for the year to come: 1. Platform Maintenance All platforms will need some form of maintenance over the coming 12 months. This includes your Learning Management System and possibly your website and Student Management System. Whether its software maintenance to keep the platform code in a safe, stable and secure working order or data maintenance to keep your information clean, updated and relevant (or both), make sure you put some budget in there to maintain your existing sites and data. 2. Upgrades and improvements Your platforms should not be set and forget. As business changes there will be opportunities to improve your processes and productivity. Maybe you want to add a new feature or plugin or integrate better with your reporting or financial system. Or maybe even its time to consider refreshing your theme to align with your new website or brand. Allow some budget this year to upgrade and improve. 3. Refresh a Course Just like your platform, your online course should not be set and forget. Its important that you keep your courses fresh and relevant. Just as you might update your PowerPoint deck or classroom notes with new examples or more recent images its important to do the same with your online training content. Set aside some budget this year to...
Whats in the budget for Training Companies?

Whats in the budget for Training Companies?

There’s been lots of talk over the past few weeks about the upcoming budget and what might be in it for training companies. There’s also been a lot of talk on the election, and what both Labour and the Coalition might offer to ‘save’ the VET sector. I’ve got bad news. Neither the budget or the election are going to make much difference to you and your operation. The truth is, whilst governments, policy and funding might change, the good businesses will continue to do well, and the poor businesses will continue to struggle. At OTrain, we get to work with a number of RTO’s and are privileged to have some insight. In the 8+ years we’ve been working in the space, we’ve effectively seen 5 governments (from both sides) and numerous policies and funding priorities. The one thing that has remained true across the entire time is the good businesses continue to do well, and poor businesses continue to struggle. When policy is favourable, the good businesses excel. Sure the poorer businesses have an uplift, but not necessarily enough to make a real difference. Sure they might go ok for a little while, but not sustainably and certainly not for the long term. In 2016, I wrote a blog post called “Hey Chicken Little” Iooking at why some people in the sector were thriving, whilst others were just surviving. In thinking about the budget tonight, and reviewing the previous post, I’m convinced the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the previous post I noted my observations on why the successful businesses continues to do well...
Is Admin killing your RTO?

Is Admin killing your RTO?

Is the administration burden of running your RTO costing you time and money? Is enrolling students, reporting to ASQA, generating certificates and all the other administrative task stopping your from growing your business and serving your students? Would less admin free you to spend more time ON the business, with your students or better yet more time with family and friends? At OTrain we’re all about increasing productivity and reducing administrative workload. We work with our clients to use technology to automate processes and reduce the administrative burden and overload. Some examples of past projects include Created Online Assessments and Quizzes to reducing marking time and automated issuing certificates and SOA’s. Integrate Learning Management Systems with Student Management Systems (including aXcelerate and VETtrak) to reduce the double entry of student enrolments and completion data Built Online Enrolment forms to collect AVETMISS and other required enrolment data Created online Language Literacy and Numeracy tests to identify student ability prior to enrolment or training commencing Automate Retraining notifications and follow ups to increase re-enrolments Provide Live Chat support to students and administrators allowing user issues to be dealt with immediately and effectively. We’ve also been involved in a number of other customisation and configuration projects that have provided significant benefits in terms of time savings, cash savings and improved user experience. There is no reason to be buried in paperwork and admin. With the right technology, integration and process you can reduce your burden and get back to business. If you’re ready to reduce your administrative burden give us a call on 07 3040 3310 or reply to this email. I’m...
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