Training is more important than ever to organisations but that new approaches to training are what will help to skill them for greater success.
Chad White, CEO of Forysthes Training, said with organisations facing more change to their business and regulatory environment, it is vital that staff have the skills and competencies to continually adapt to the ever-changing nature of work.
He cites recent changes the NSW government made to the Maintenance of Competence Scheme as one example of regulatory change.
Minimum hours of technical and non-technical learning over a five-year period are mandated for people in the resources sector who hold a practising certificate issued by the NSW Resources Regulator.
“The Australian Government has turned training and assessment education (TAE) training on its head in a bid to overcome serious deficiencies in competencies among Australia’s trainers and assessors,” Mr White said.
“Many people in the mining, local Government, manufacturing and education sectors need to undertake training to meet the new requirements.
Forsythes Training was one of the first RTOs in Australia to be an approved TAE40116 course provider and has adapted it courses in light of the Maintenance of Competency program.
Mr White said that the old way of putting everyone through a standard course is outdated.
“Forythes Training’s programs are increasingly customised to a client’s business needs, budget and delivery requirements, as well as contextualised to organisational policies and procedures,” Mr White said.
Recently a leading global company came to Forsythes requesting information to put Australian staff through the new Cert IV TAE course.
“We determined what they needed is a shorter industry skill set program that delivered key units over a shorter timeframe,” Mr White said. “This saves time and money but gives staff the right level training for their needs. Having different pathways to gain skills is important.”
Mr White said Forsythes Training’s partnership with the University of Newcastle gives people undertaking its leadership and management qualifications credit points towards business and commerce degrees.
He said incorporating non-technical skills into training is essential.
“Leaders need training in emotional intelligence and staff need skills in resilience.”
Forsythes Training provides nationally accredited courses, short courses, as well as customised training and pre-employment programs. It is a NSW Government Smart and Skilled Provider and AgSkilled Provider. It has been a platinum supporter of the HRATA Awards for more than a decade.