Approaches and risks

There are easy and difficult approaches to starting a college. The more difficult approaches are not necessarily any better at the first stage, but incur much higher risks.


Easiest to implement
(Low risk)

Moderately difficult
(Usually acceptable risk)

Most difficult
(Highest risk)

Use your current organizational  structures

Use your current organizational structures, but add a new school structure

Establish a new school structure and ignore your current organizational structure.

Recruit students from your current constituency

Recruit students from the edges of your current constituency

Ignore your current constituency and pioneer a new one from scratch

Have only part-time students

Recruit full-time interns who will get Austudy.

Recruit full-time class-room students who will get Austudy

Train on the job

Train on the job

Teach regular classes in a school atmosphere

Use your current staff as supervisors

Use your current staff as supervisors, but add new teaching staff

Recruit new staff to teach

Use your existing workplace equipment

Use your current workplace equipment, and add equipment if needed

Buy new equipment for classrooms

Only conduct classes and training weekends as you need them.

Expect to teach some regular classes to supplement on-the-job training.

Teach everything in the classroom


Having said that:

  1. It is possible to push risks even lower by offering an assessment-only service to an existing consitutency.
  2. The lowest risk approach still takes some thought, because it still takes effort to teach and assess people, and fees will need to reflect that.
  3. When you introduce risk factors, you should ensure that you can manage those risks.
  4. It is easy to make the third approach even more difficult by introducing high risk factors such as:
    1. recruiting overseas students
    2. establishing teaching locations where you cannot easily communicate (e.g. remote locations, interstate),
    3. taking on new industry areas
    4. putting in delivery systems with no face-to-face support (e.g. some Internet and correspondence courses), and/or
    5. moving into industry areas where you have no experience

Whichever way you go you will need to:

  • Review competency statements to check they suit your goals.
  • Make sure people are enrolled and know they are in a program with requirements.
  • Assess student's skills.
  • Review the system.
  • Use competency statements to know if you are on target.