Local business upskills staff through government initiative

Local business upskills staff through government initiative

J & S Engineering and Maintenance’s participation in a new State Government training initiative is helping the company to upskill its workforce and maintain its competitiveness in an increasingly changing market.

Launched this year through the Department of Industry’s Smart and Skilled Program, the Targeted Priorities Part Qualifications Program provides employers with access to broad range of fully funded skills training courses.

The Program is facilitated through HVTC’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Hunter-V-Tec.

HVTC RTO Manager, Michael Murray, said the Targeted Priorities Part Qualifications Program offered businesses an affordable, streamlined way of upskilling their shop floor employees and management teams.

“We worked with J & S Engineering and Maintenance to identify specific training needs that aligned with strategic business objectives and targeted training to meet those needs,” Michael said.

Fifteen staff are receiving training at HVTC’s purpose-built facility in Rutherford. Amongst the training being undertaken, four staff are in the process of obtaining their forklift licences, six are completing team leadership training and five are undertaking key management skill set training.

J & S Engineering & Maintenance has endeavoured to promote staff from within the company throughout its 26-year history, not only ensuring workforce continuity, but also delivering local employment opportunities that in turn benefit the region.

Maximising training opportunities that address changing needs within the market is key to the company’s ability to capitalise on business opportunities as they arise.

Paul Flanagan, WHS Coordinator, J & S Engineering & Maintenance, said the Program provided the company with an excellent opportunity to equip staff with new or additional skills that complemented their existing roles or helped them to transition to other roles within the company.

Training for the Targeted Priorities Part Qualifications Program must be completed on or before 30 June 2016 and Business, Leadership and Management courses are available face-to-face or online through HVTC’s eLearning.

Hunter Valley Training Company

HVTC is a not for profit company offering apprenticeships, traineeships and other business training services. It is headquartered at its multi-million dollar Skills Centre near Newcastle and has nine other branches across NSW. It was Australia’s first group training organisation and has provided employment and training opportunities to more than 20,000 people since 1981.

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