Disability job training for warehouse, retail workers


Eleven Northcott customers have just completed two pre-employment training programs through TAFE NSW, resulting in them securing employability skills and knowledge to become job-ready.
The tailor-made Statement of Attainment for Introduction to Working in a Warehouse and Statement of Attainment for Introduction to Retail qualifications were offered due to the growth in the retail and warehouse industry, and to support the customers to be ready for work placement with a Northcott employment partner.
Northcott Vocational Skills Coordinator Helen Sara said this is a fantastic opportunity for their customers to broaden their skillsets.
“The TAFE NSW qualification will equip our customers with greater capability to be job ready when they are ready to enter the workforce,” she said.
“It has been great to work with TAFE NSW to develop this tailored program to meet the needs of our participants. Not only will it facilitate growth in confidence, skills and knowledge with employment setting, it has already assisted some customers in achieving their goal of employment.”
TAFE NSW head of supply chain and e-commerce skills team Simon Bolton said this is the first time the disability service provider has worked with TAFE NSW to deliver customised training to their customers.
“TAFE NSW is happy to help Northcott customers reach their career ambitions, ensuring they have the hands-on practical skills employers are looking for,” he said.
“Online shopping in Australia is growing rapidly, with over $2 billion spent in 2017. Businesses in Australia will be increasingly looking to enter the online marketplace or to expand their existing online operations, and as such will require workers with skills in warehousing and drop shipping (a retail delivery method).
“As part of the training, participants will learn how to pick and process orders, package and receive goods, work effectively in a team and work safely. TAFE NSW is happy to provide these qualifications to Northcott customers, to ensure they are equipped to gain employment.”
As Australia’s largest training provider, TAFE NSW delivered this training to Northcott customers using their expert industry trainers in a way that fits their business operations and needs.
Northcott customer Ronald MacKenzie said completing the pre-employment training program has increased his confidence and improved his chances of finding work.
“I feel very confident to engage with employers, now that I have learnt the basics,” he said.
“I normally don’t knuckle down and study much, but participating in this pre-employment program has demonstrated that I can study quite well if I really focus on it. The good thing is that I now have some experience to gain employment.”

Victoria to boost TAFE courses

Victoria University Polytechnic will train hundreds of workers in the skills they need to take up jobs on the West Gate Tunnel under a new TAFE partnership.
Under the new partnership, the TAFE division of Victoria University will offer civil construction Certificate II, III and IV courses to meet the growing needs of the government’s pipeline of infrastructure projects.
Certificate III in Civil Construction is also part of the Labor Government’s TAFE Free for Priority Courses initiative that will come into effect next year.
To accommodate the additional training needs of the West Gate Tunnel project, Victoria University Polytechnic is planning to reopen its Werribee East campus as a Technology Precinct centred on Civil Construction.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said: “We are investing in the big projects we need, like the West Gate Tunnel, and the people we need to build them.
“There are already 1,200 people working on the West Gate Tunnel – this partnership will make sure that young Victorians get the skills they need to help deliver this massive project.”
The West Gate Tunnel is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs, including 500 jobs for apprentices, trainees and graduates, under the Victorian Major Project Skills Guarantee.
As part of the partnership between Victoria University Polytechnic and constructor CPB-John Holland, there’ll also be dedicated courses for trainees and apprentices already employed on the West Gate Tunnel Project.
Construction started on the West Gate Tunnel Project in early 2018 and there are already over 1,200 people working on the job.
Victoria University Polytechnic, a Vocational Education and Training provider, will deliver training to about 15,000 students in 2018, with about 5,000 students engaged in trade-based programs.

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