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Far West skills focus

Monday, 15th October, 2018

(From left) Inspired Home Living owner Wayne Lee receives his confirmation letter to upskill in forklifting from Robinson College CEO Tracey Dodimead.PICTURE: Myles Burt (From left) Inspired Home Living owner Wayne Lee receives his confirmation letter to upskill in forklifting from Robinson College CEO Tracey Dodimead.PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Robinson College has been allocated government funding to upskill workers across the Far West.

Students will be able to do free courses in crane operation, dogging, business and high risk areas through the Training, Needs and Indications Funding.

Robinson College CEO Tracey Dodimead said it was a great chance for employers to multi-skill their workforce while saving thousands of dollars in the process.

“So we’re saying to every business in Broken Hill and the wider region to jump on board and save yourself a lot of money,`” Ms Dodimead said.

The State Government has decided to focus attention on the Far West due to a high number of generationally unemployed residents, which was a result of large job losses in the mines, according to Ms Dodimead.

“They saw people who were only skilled in that workforce, they couldn’t transition into other workforces,” she said.

“So the reason for the funding is to keep your workforce upskilled.

“To cross off your own compliance, especially around those high risk courses.

“And if your worker wasn’t suitable for your organisation and they had to move on somewhere else, they would have those transferable employment skills.”

Several businesses have taken up the offer including Inspired Home Living and Nejaim Steel. 

“We want to make sure that our staff are well looked after and they know the right things to do,” said Inspired Home Living owner Wayne Lee.

“It’s a wonderful scheme,” Nejaim Steel director Scott Campbell said. “It’s been fantastic the way it’s all been laid out and produced.

“Your business is only as good as your people.

“You need to invest in your people and Robinson College allows us to do that.”

Mr Campbell said the opportunity made it easier for Nejaim Steel to employ two new apprentices.

“In the bigger picture, having this assistance helps us train more people,” he said.

“With it all sort of going ahead we’ve now just recently taken those two guys on.”

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