Train­ing nudge sees ca­reer be­gin fresh take-off

The Advertiser - Careers - - General Vacancies - CARA JENKIN CareerOne Edi­tor

WORK­ERS are forg­ing a path of life­long learn­ing and strength­en­ing their ca­reer out­looks with a lit­tle nudge in the right direc­tion from their em­ploy­ers.

Ade­laide Air­port Lim­ited main­te­nance worker Kym Roesler, 29, is one em­ployee who wants to hit the books for a third time to en­hance his job skills, af­ter ini­tially tak­ing the leap to train on the rec­om­men­da­tion of his em­ployer.

He had not stud­ied a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for 10 years when he started the Cer­tifi­cate IV in Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety course, which was sug­gested and sup­ported by his em­ployer, in 2009.

It sparked a pas­sion for learn­ing be­cause he found the train­ing so valu­able to his ca­reer ad­vance­ment.

He is now study­ing his sec­ond cer­tifi­cate to help him move fur­ther up the ca­reer lad­der and an­other qual­i­fi­ca­tion is firmly in his sights.

His place in the first two cour­ses was al­lo­cated to Ade­laide Air­port Lim­ited and spon­sored by the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try-funded Pro­duc­tiv­ity Places Pro­gram for Ex­ist­ing Work­ers.

He was able to com­plete the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety course at work through the Ade­laide Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

‘‘It was a great course and in­creased my in­ter­est in that area,’’ he says. ‘‘I’m now deputy chair of the oc­cu­pa­tion health and safety com­mit­tee here.

‘‘I’m now fin­ish­ing a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Front­line Man­age­ment through In­sight In­ter­na­tional Con­sul­tancy and I am plan­ning to do the di­ploma next.

‘‘Do­ing the train­ing has def­i­nitely been a big ad­van­tage, pro­vided me with bet­ter skills and will make for an eas­ier tran­si­tion to a team leader’s role.’’

Mr Roesler’s ca­reer aim is to work in a man­age­ment role in the main­te­nance sec­tion.

He al­ready fills in for his team leader on oc­ca­sion, which he says gives him a much bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how to han­dle var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions he does not usu­ally have to deal with.

‘‘I like the ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s an ex­tra chal­lenge,’’ he says. ‘‘It gives you a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how things work, where there might be room for im­prove­ment and how you might change things if you were in the job.’’

He says ev­ery lec­ture is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and be­lieves the train­ing is also help­ing his per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘It’s great that the com­pany is giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity and I am happy to take it while it’s there,’’ he says.

Mr Roesler has been joined by 10 other work­ers at Ade­laide Air­port Lim­ited to study a qual­i­fi­ca­tion through the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Places Pro­gram, which has helped 15,000 work­ers up­skill via a qual­i­fi­ca­tion since it be­gan in 2008.

Ade­laide Air­port Lim­ited train­ing man­ager Anne Lewis says the pro­gram off­sets the fi­nan­cial im­pacts for em­ploy­ers of hav­ing to pay to put staff through fur­ther train­ing, as well as the cost of down­time from not hav­ing work­ers on the job.

‘‘It also gives AAL the op­por­tu­nity to look for the best-qual­ity tai­lored train­ing,’’ she says.

Depart­ment of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Em­ploy­ment Science and Tech­nol­ogy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray­mond Garrand says the pro­gram helps ex­ist­ing work­ers meet the crit­i­cal skills re­quired in the work­force.

Pic­ture: Mark Brake

Kym Roesler finds study pro­grams valu­able to his ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

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