WELCOME to Major Training Group's new Keep on Trucking Tips column.
As heavy industry's training partner Major Training's general manager Matthew Tenkate will be bringing you industry updates plus addressing the key questions often asked by clients.
If you have any specific questions you would like to see addressed in the column please contact Big Rigs or Major Training directly.
This month's column is looking into up-skilling or qualification funding in the transport sector.
Traditionally less funding has been available in the transport sector for training; and when there has been funding it has often been tied to an employer.
Funding support remains for employers starting new workers in the industry, however, existing workers have had limited opportunity in the past few years until now.
Opportunity varies from state to state, so it is important to check with your local government department.
When doing your research, find out the facts.
These are often easy to find on government training websites.
In Queensland, a key initiative from government is a Certificate 3 Guarantee program.
This program provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III level qualification.
You will be responsible for making a contribution towards your training; however the remaining fees will be subsided by government.
Whether you wish to develop your own skills, recognise your skills or are handling business staff development, we can all agree skills development is important.
Managing training outcomes always include hurdles like cost, time available and type of training required.
While funding support helps this, it is still important to do your research, make clear your expectations and commitment from the beginning.
Certificate III in Driving Operations is an excellent qualification both for those new and currently working in industry to gain or upgrade a truck licence, whilst developing those other key important skills needed in the transport industry such as load restraint, fatigue management and more.
Other qualifications suitable for the transport sector include those for logistics operations, warehousing and business.
For non-employees, user choice funding may also be available, depending on eligibility.
Whether you're interested for yourself or your staff, remember always do your research, enquire with your training organisation about the training outcomes and check out the government information.
It's important to consider there are eligibility criteria that must be met to obtain government funding.
Major Training Group would be happy to advise on the best option for you or your team.
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