Our training team’s success has been spread across much of Australia in the last few months, with Independent Learners from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and NSW, completing their Certificate IIIs and Diplomas. In addition, we recently had the pleasure of guiding the Harvey Water team through their brand-new treatment plant and its operation.
We spent a week of training in Katherine, for Katherine & Borroloola Certificate IV Water Industry Operations learners, with a focus on optimisation of coagulant dosing and granular media filtration processes. This was followed by training in Darwin covering Certificate III in Water Industry operations for Darwin, Alice Springs, Yulara & Borroloola learners + GTNT trainees from the Water Quality & Trade Waste Group. We’ve also had everyone from treatment plant operators to reticulation and sewer repair crews, all helping each other learn.
A major face to face training and assessment program delivered by Dr Travis Robinson, for a large Mining group in northern WA, has seen nearly 30 learners successful in achieving Certificate III.
We haven’t forgotten our friends in NSW, with the second round of final assessments for a major utility going well and delivery continuing both face to face and virtually, depending on travel restrictions. We welcomed a new trainer, Gavin Buckett, to our team, who accompanied John Conaghan for the delivery and assessment trip to Sydney (Fortunately, they managed to avoid the hotspots, with activities at the more distant treatment plants!).
Kim Kerby continues to deliver and assess the second round of Water Industry Worker training in sewer and reticulation installation and repair. It is fantastic to see so many large metropolitan and smaller regional councils come together in this award-winning program, which is shortly about to commence Round 3.
We are also about to launch operator training with a major PNG gold mines team, initially 20 plus Certificate II Learners; with those showing the most motivation continuing to Certificate III. While planned for face to face, given the COVID restrictions, we will instead utilise our established virtual training program. The use of a local mentor, with some key learner resources translated into Tok Pisin will continue our proven history of providing valuable training to remote sites.
It has been exciting to see the uptake of our offering, in the Queensland Water Directorate facilitated – DESBT part funded Micro Credentials program. We’ve enjoyed welcoming both independent (e-learning) and several cohorts of virtual learners. We are also anticipating a multi cohort tri-state swimming pool virtual workshop program, with learners from all around QLD, NSW & Victoria.
Additionally, we are aiming for an August kick-off of Round 2 Certificate III treatment operator training with learners from multiple North and East QLD councils, with the training primarily based in Cairns & Mareeba.
Development of the S&B Water Trade School continues to proceed strongly, with the necessary strategy and approvals well advanced in progress.
We will look forward to offering this fully residential “boot-camp” program to the first cohorts later this year.
Here’s a snapshot of how much these last few weeks were enjoyed!