HSRs Skilling for the Future
Eighteen CFMEU delegates and HSRs recently completed their Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (Cert IV WHS) with Future Skills.
"The quality of work from delegates since they did their training with Future Skills is exceptional," said Royce Kupsch, CFMEU Senior Vice-President Health and Safety Coordinator. "The training that our HSRs acquire from Future Skills assists them to formulate an i-audit report of issues raised on the site with the principal contractor or employer, and then those reports are sent on to me. The work they're producing shows me the training with Future Skills was spot on."
The CFMEU requires its delegates to undertake the nationally-recognised Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety as part of an ongoing commitment to develop further health and safety qualifications. "They've got to have that debate with the boss," said Royce, "So their knowledge of work health and safety needs to be at a level where they can articulate their position regarding the health and safety matter at hand."
"The thing about Future Skills is the structure of the training," said Royce. "They walk with you all the way and don't leave anyone behind."
"There is no substitute for face-to-face training, especially in construction."
CFMEU delegate, Tim Newcombe, says the Cert IV WHS he completed with Future Skills in December has helped him better represent members on health and safety matters.
"The course gave me an understanding of the Codes of Practice, the Regs and the Act. I'm feeling good, I have more knowledge and more power."
"A guy got zapped at work - I knew it was a Notifiable Incident under the Act, so I took steps to make sure it was notified to the Regulator so it wouldn't happen again."
"Another example is consultation," said Tim. "There are deliveries being made, crane lifts, dewatering, that should be on the notice board so we know what's happening for the day. Workers are getting frustrated - they don't know what's going on. I've asked for it to change a couple of times and now I've put it in my site audit, which I will send to the Manager. Hopefully it will be addressed at the next team meeting."
Tim's favourite thing about the course was the group discussions, "I like working in as a team, hearing other people's stories on other jobs, instead of reading out of a book all the time."
"I'd definitely recommend Future Skills' course. You get it all done in class in one week. It was really clear. I understood everything. The trainer made it fun. It wasn't all paperwork. There were regular breaks. Workshop activities. And the trainer asked our opinions. She wanted to hear our views, not just lecture to us."
"The facilities were good and it was a good location, great atmosphere."
Tim's advice to other delegates, "Go do it. You'll get more knowledge, more confidence, because you'll know what you're talking about with Codes of Practice, Regs, etc. Don't let the study worry you. You'll get through it. You won't regret it."