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Skippers first to fly new package

LOCAL aviator Skippers Aviation has implemented a new training package designed specifically for employee recruitment, after receiving the green light from the Transport and Storage Industry Training Council (TSITC).

The company’s new program is based on nationally accredited competency based training (CBT).

According to TSITC executive director Silvio Ranieri, Skippers Aviation is the first major company in the aviation industry to embrace the transport and distribution training package.

Mr Ranieri said the Skippers’ implementation of the new training package exceeded what other aviation companies had done to date.

“Primarily the aviation industry has been driven by safety regulations, but Skippers’ implementation goes well beyond this,” he said.

“Even though it embraces safety regulations, it is also looking at a wider range of competency for all employees.

“The nationally recognised training that Skippers is implementing will develop and maintain a skilled workforce for the company.

“There will also be an enormous amount of tax relief and government incentive, to offset the implementation of the new training system.”

Skippers Aviation training officer Alyson Lyons said that, by implementing the new training systems, procedures and processes the company was anticipating the industry requirements in the future, rather than waiting on the regulatory authority to dictate change.

She said that, up until now, the aviation industry had been quite insular with regard to nationally accredited CBT.

“The majority of businesses and industries have all gone the way of CBT, but the aviation industry has lagged behind,” Ms Lyons said.

The package covers ramp, terminal, operations and cabin crew, however Skippers will also develop other existing training courses in all departments to align with CBT.

Ms Lyons is developing all resources and assessment tools required to support the package.

“The new training program will affect every department in some way,” she said.

“It will provide employees with pathways to formalise current knowledge and skills into a nationally recognised accreditation, plus allow existing employees to develop more qualifications, via the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.’’

As part of the new training program, traineeships will be offered to a number of new workers in a variety of departments.

Skippers Aviation will use qualified workplace trainers and assessors to develop, implement, conduct and review the systems and procedures of the overall training program, using quality assurance guidelines.

New and existing employees will be encouraged to develop additional skills and knowledge. This will be done through the use of flexible training and assessment pathways and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process, while providing rights for appeal.

This process will involve specialist external trainers and assessors, via an evolving network, to conduct training and assessment in company areas that lack expertise. Internal trainers and assessors, who hold specialist experience, will also be encouraged to develop assessment skills.

Mr Ranieri hopes the aviation industry will take to the new training package as well as other industries have in the past.

“In other areas, the Transport and Distribution Industry’s Training Packages have consistently had a significant impact in the development of skilled workforces,” Mr Ranieri told WA Business News.

“I would like to see that this training package has the same effect in the aviation industry.”

Ms Lyons is also eager for widespread use of the training packages.

“Although Skippers is leading the way, we want to share the work we have accomplished,” she said.

“This is because the more businesses implementing the training, the quicker all of the standards will improve.”

 

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