Skills & Training

The Queensland Water Skills Partnership was created in 2011 as a new initiative to address critical skills needs facing the urban water industry in Queensland.  It extends the work undertaken through the Water Skills Formation Strategy (SFS) which commenced in late 2009 supported by the Department of Education and Training and hosted by qldwater.Some of the key project successes during the two years of the Queensland Water Skills Partnership (2011/2013) include:

  • Successful application for Strategic Investment Funding from Skills Queensland for $600,000 funding direct training places to supplement industry investment of $196,000;
  • Facilitation of successful Workplace English, Language, Literacy (WELL) funding application for Mackay Regional Council; 
  • Successful application for National Workforce Development Fund for $142,000 in direct training places funding to supplement industry investment of $251,000 (application on behalf of 9 water organisations in Queensland); 
  • Successful application for Skills Queensland Workforce Development Funding for $84,000 to fund a workforce development and mentoring project for regional water treatment operators (supplementing industry investment of $20,000);
  • Short course training workshops trialled in regional locations. This includes Supervisor Training for water industry supervisors (Biloela 2011, Bowen 2012), a Legislation and SWIM Training Workshop aimed at operators and field staff (Emerald 2012) and a Water Quality and Sampling Workshop (Emerald 2012, Longreach June 2013); 
  • Regional collaboration of other short courses including coordinating WIOA Water Quality and Distribution workshops (Biloela 2011, Longreach and Townsville 2012 and Mackay and Kingaroy June 2013);
  • Development of an online Introduction to the Urban Water Industry Course, freely available on the qldwater website; 
  • Development of an online Urban Water Industry Legislation Course, freely available on the qldwater website; 
  • Modification of the online Introduction to the Urban Water Industry for a high-school age audience;
  • Regular industry relevant skills and training updates through Skills Partnership e-flashes.
Member benefits of the Queensland Water Skills Partnership include:
  • Subsidised training fees and priority for onsite courses;
  • Full access to online industry courses;
  • Priority preference for involvement in partnership projects activities (e.g. schools programs);
  • Assistance with training, workforce planning and skilling activities.

The partnership provides a vehicle for industry-wide collaboration and knowledge sharing, improved access to funding and other benefits like industry branding projects such as school engagement programs and national representation on key industry skills bodies.

Current partners include; Central Highlands Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Diamantina Regional Council, Unity Water, Richmond Regional Council, McKinlay Shire Council, Balonne Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Regional Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council, Gold Coast City Council, Redlands City Council, Queensland Urban Utilities, Charters Towers Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Banana Shire Council, Logan City Council, Sunwater, Mt Isa Regional Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Gympie Regional Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Tablelands, Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Winton Shire Council, Seqwater and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.

To join the Queensland Water Skills Partnership please complete the Subscription Form. Membership is calculated on a simple $25 cost per water and wastewater employee per financial year.