Skilling up in Queensland

Trainee Rodney Cross and SkillsTech Australia trainer Nilesh Govind-Vanmali.

A training partnership between the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), SkillsTech Australia and Brisbane North Institute of TAFE will help businesses respond to the economic downturn.
The Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will also help fund this project.
Ai Group’s Queensland Director, Chris Rodwell, said the project was designed to help businesses respond to the economic downturn by maximising the productivity of existing workforces with tailored training.
“The year 2009 holds challenges for the workplace, managing the impacts of the global economic and financial crisis, technical advances, regulation issues and changing demographics,” Mr Rodwell said.
“In this climate it is essential for businesses to improve their productivity to remain competitive and viable.
Tracy Bolt, Ai Group’s project coordinator, said the project was an opportunity for businesses to access flexible training to build a skilled workforce and a competitive edge leading into the next boom.
“The project assists low skilled workers to undertake accredited training, increasing their skill level, employability and productivity,” Ms Bolt said.
Ai Group with SkillsTech Australia, the leading TAFE institute for trade and technician training, developed a quality online Employability Skills Package. 
The Employability Skills Package also used industry research and digital resources from the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.
Although the project is in its early days, feedback from industry has been positive, regarding interactive content and easy navigation making it a refreshing learning model.
SkillsTech Australia project coordinator, Des Harms, said they were delighted to partner with Ai Group to upskill the Queensland workforce during the economic downturn.
“SkillsTech Australia’s vision is to be industry’s right hand and this project is a perfect example,” Mr Harms said.
“It is about meeting the needs of employers in this economic climate and helping people keep their jobs.”
Training is delivered in employability skills and technical skills.
SkillsTech Australia’s online Employability Skills Package covers generic workplace skills ranging from manual handling to communication in the workplace in a 120 hour program. 
The package is accessible from any computer with internet access, providing the flexibility of completion inside or outside work time.
In the technical skills area, employers choose competencies specific to their business needs to make up the remaining 130 hours of training. 
Competencies available for selection are from the Metals & Engineering package (MEM05), Certificate I & II in Transport and Logistics (Warehousing & Storage) and Certificate II & III in Business Administration.
The cost varies depending on the technical skills selected, however the approximate cost to the employer for 250 hours of training is around $200 per participant.
If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to take part in the project, contact Ai Group’s project coordinator Tracy Bolt:
(07) 3244 1777 or 0407 947 858 or email

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