You never stop learn­ing

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‘‘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.

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