You never stop learning
‘‘I found a way to learn new skills I could apply to my job.’’
Kerrison completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Business Development, and a Diploma of Business Management, which helped her to attain a promotion and eventually to develop her own position as TNT’s corporate responsibility adviser.
Kerrison is among 29 per cent of Australians who see training as the solution to improving their career progression, according to a new study by registered training organisation Upskilled.
Despite the desire by workers for training, the study found only one in four Australians had ever been offered the chance to undertake training by their workplace.
More than half of Queensland workers (59 per cent) have never been offered external training to enhance their skills or career.
Upskilled managing director Joel Gage says many employers see training as unattainable and are unaware they could be eligible for a new Government scheme that provides funding of up to $4000 per staff member.
‘‘Many organisations are oblivious to the fact that they could equip their employees with valuable skills for next to nothing,’’ Gage says.
Kerrison says TNT provides inhouse vocational training because it sees it as an investment with realworld returns.
‘‘We have a philosophy of growing your own timber, so we really try to use training and development as an incentive for people to stay within the business so we can develop their skills,’’ she says.
Kerrison says her Diploma of Business Management was part of a leadership development program that brought about 100 mid-level managers from around the country together to network and develop new products for the business.
‘‘We tackled some very relevant business problems. For example, we had to develop new products and services for the business, and because we work in the business we understood how to do that and the challenges associated with that," Kerrison says.
She says learning doesn’t stop when you get a degree or a certificate.
NEW SKILLS: TNT training ambassador Anna Kerrison has been to university and completed vocational training.