Regional Water Industry Worker pilot program takes flight
30 employees from Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Whitsunday and Burdekin Councils have signed up to be recognised as Water Industry Workers as part of a regional pilot program.
The program, which has been in operation in South East Queensland for the past ten years, is a practical, competency based training program for field maintenance and construction staff which maps units of competency from the National Water Training Package (NWP) to the specific skills and knowledge required for these roles. It values existing skills and provides a formal mechanism for recognising experience gained on the job and providing training in the latest industry practices and technologies.
With funding support from QWRAP, Kellie Lister (based in Mackay) has been employed to manage the project and support all five councils involved in the pilot. Following a recent tender process, Simmonds and Bristow were selected to provide formal training for participants, with the first block of training commencing in Townsville this week! Regular blocks of training in units from both the Certificate II and Certificate III in Water Industry Operations will occur in Townsville, Mackay and Cairns over the next ten months.
Congratulations to all involved in developing the program and good luck to all participants as they commence their training!
You can find out more about how the Water Industry Worker Program works in qldwater’s case study included in the Technical Competency Handbook for the Water Industry at: https://wioa.org.au/technicalcompetency/#qldwater