Training nudge sees career begin fresh take-off
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.
Kym Roesler finds study programs valuable to his career aspirations.