About the College for Adult Learning
Discover CAL’s Story
More than a piece of paper
Where industry demands confident, resourceful and practical problem-solvers, cookie-cutter qualifications failed to deliver real outcomes. Educational institutions were focused on creating essay-writers, not process-builders, building siloed workplaces, not progressive workforces, and they were generating passive followers instead of shaping dynamic leaders.
Not only were the qualifications irrelevant, the training was inflexible, there was no consideration for past experience and the institutions didn’t allow students to access focused support or valuable mentorship.
Professionals just looking to formalise their experience were made to study alongside school-leavers and those that needed to study around a busy lifestyle were made to slice and dice their schedules to fit in ridiculous commutes and contact hours. There was no consideration for what you’d already learned, no interest in adapting the course structure to work with your lifestyle and no tolerance for anyone requiring extra support.
That’s why we decided to make a change.
We broke away from these rigid educational institutions.
We started doing what we really believed in.
Our commitment to making a difference
Our vision focuses on igniting real change by inspiring one student at a time and giving them the power to shape their own world.
Knowing the struggles that learners faced, we started with practical, outcomes-focused training solutions then created a learning model that allowed students freedom and flexibility while providing a strong support foundation.
We focus on providing a unique student experience, building on a supportive online learning environment, 24/7 access to course content so you can go at your own pace, and unlimited opportunities to connect with experienced industry professionals for mentorship and support.
Courses designed for success
One of the first challenges we saw students encounter was the lack of practicality in their courses. Graduates weren’t able to apply their theory-based knowledge into the workforce and had trouble exercising their learning across different contexts.
So the first step to achieving our vision became clear: designing our training products for success.
As a team of highly experienced HR and project management practitioners, we began with what we knew: project management and human resources courses. By analysing our own experiences across these disciplines over various sectors, we had a sound understanding of exactly what a course would need to deliver for a student to succeed in the workplace. As we grew and offered more courses, we continued consulting with experienced professionals in the field and kept our focus on core skills that future leaders needed to succeed in any role: people management, planning, communication and leadership.
CAL continues to partner with industry leaders when we develop our training solutions to ensure that our content is accurate, current and relevant to the workplaces of today with the visions of tomorrow.
We proudly specialise in creating the courses that industry demands and future leaders need.
Focus on student experience
The next step in realising our vision was the easiest to put into place: an unwavering focus on each and every one of our students.
From improving our course delivery to constantly updating our course content through to innovating the way we provide support, we’re committed to creating an unmatched student experience.
When it came to support, students often felt that they weren’t being listened to or taken seriously. Unlike TAFEs, universities and large RTOs, we know that each student has their own learning journey and genuinely believe they should be supported to achieve their own goals – not just ours.
That’s also why we hand-pick our Student Support team and Learning Coaches to set our students up for success. Each of our team understands the difficulties our adult learners face every day and are committed to helping them through their studies. Our Learning Coaches love to pass on their knowledge and real-world experiences while our Student Support team works hard to provide guidance and ensure every student is heard. This makes our team an incredible source of support and mentorship for our students, and a driving force behind our students’ success.
Above all, we believe in ensuring the experiences we create for our students will set them up for success in their studies, career, industry and life.
Committed to creating real outcomes
From the start, we wanted to be different. We didn’t just want to start a business. We didn’t want to end up just ticking boxes. We wanted to make a real difference in our students’ lives. We dedicated our training model to pioneer future-focused, outcomes-based training that goes beyond the basics of the qualification framework.
We’re committed to developing and nourishing the transferable skills and values in our students to become leaders, push boundaries and champion innovation. In order to set our students up for success in their careers, we aim to nurture:
- Challenge-seeking leaders