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Critical Training Only During Stage 4 Restrictions

I hope lock-down is treating you well - fingers-crossed only 4 weeks to go. We would like to advise you that if you work for a critical or essential infrastructure project, we are available to help you. Until Monday 14th September, we will only be conducting face-to-face training necessary for the construction of critical and essential infrastructure and services to support these projects, and other construction in line with stage 4 restrictions. Examples include critical training to facilitate the completion of major projects such as (but not limited to) the Westgate Tunnel Project and Level Crossing Removal Project. All we need from you is: A letter from your company on company letterhead confirming the training you require is for the construction of critical and essential infrastructure A copy of your COVID safe plan Click here to make a booking for critical training. We encourage you to stay safe. This includes practicing safe social distancing, wearing face coverings and staying...

COVID-19 Update – We’re (Almost) Closed During Lockdown

UPDATE Thursday 13th August 2020 - Until Monday 14th September, we will only be conducting face-to-face training necessary for the construction of critical and essential infrastructure and services to support these projects, and other construction in line with restrictions. Examples include critical training to facilitate the completion of major projects such as (but not limited to) the Westgate Tunnel Project and Level Crossing Removal Project. --- Hi Everyone, We have always prioritised the safety of our customers, and in these uncertain times, this is no different. WAM Training is currently implementing all advice provided by our Federal and State Governments, including recent state government announcements that non essential businesses in Victoria will cease as of 11:59pm on Wednesday the 5th of August, 2020. As such, WAM Training's Industrial Training Facility in Laverton North will be closed from Thursday the 6th of August and will reopen on Monday the 14th of September, 2020....

COVID-19 Update – Bring Your Face Masks

By now, you will have undoubtedly been made aware of the requirement for everyone leaving their home in Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear a face mask (see here). Face Masks I wanted to reach out to you personally to let you know that we've added the requirement to wear face masks to our current suite of controls to help manage the risks associated with COVID-19. As per government instructions, all trainees are to arrive at WAM Training with their face mask on. If you require a replacement for any reason throughout your training, we have spare face masks available. FYI - Here’s how not to put on a mask... Temperature Checking In addition to wearing face masks, all personnel who attend our Laverton North Training Facility will have their temperature checked upon arrival, with individuals being required to depart immediately if they are found to have an elevated temperature. Monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms We're monitoring for all signs of COVID-19 symptoms, including fever,...

Round 2 with COVID (Here’s what we’re doing)

Hi Everyone, I wanted to reach out to you personally to let you know that we've implemented even more controls to help manage the risks associated with COVID-19. Temperature Checking All personnel who attend our Laverton North Training Facility will have their temperature checked upon arrival, with individuals being required to depart immediately if they are found to have an elevated temperature. Cough and Sneeze Monitoring We're monitoring for all signs of COVID-19 symptoms, including coughing and sneezing. If an individual is seen to have coughed or sneezed 3 or more times in a single day, we'll be asking them to depart our facility. We understand that this may seem a little 'over the top' - but we're putting your safety and ours first. Masks Available Masks will be made available to any individual who would like to wear one. A full overview of our management of COVID-19 (including many controls such as social distancing requirements, COVID declarations, cleaning, staff...

11 Things You Should Know About Forklift Licences

How do I get a forklift licence? To get a forklift licence you need to complete training and assessment with a Registered Training Organisation. The nationally accredited Unit of Competency you must complete to get a forklift licence in Australia is TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck. How old do you have to be to get your Forklift Licence? SafeWork Australia and WorkSafe Victoria require you to be 18 years old and have valid photo ID (such as a passport, Australian drivers licence, or keypass card). How long is a High Risk Work Licence valid for? All High Risk Work Licences, including forklift, are valid for 5 years (you can pay a renewal fee to keep your licence prior to each expiry period). Are there any prerequisites to get your Forklift Licence? In addition to being 18 years old, trainees must also have adequate English language skills to safely complete tasks relating to forklifts. This includes being able to: Read and correctly interpret safe work method statements,...

Cyber Attack – Your Data is Safe with Us

As our Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes to live stream to advise of a massive cyber attack on the Australia’s Government and Private sectors, I wanted to reach out to let you know that your data is safe with us. Registered Training Organisations are required to collect and store AVETMISS (Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical) data, which includes sensitive information about our trainees’ contact details, residential addresses, educational history, languages spoken, and disabilities to name a few. WAM Training is committed to protecting your privacy from cyber attacks, and that’s why we’ve made sure that our Student Management System is accredited to the ISO 27001 Information Security Management System standard - meaning that we have a series of legal, technical and physical controls in place to protect your information. Remember - Safety is paramount physically, mentally and in the cyber space too. Ask Us About Cyber Safety For further...

How Long Should a Particular Course Be?

Whilst the question 'How long should a particular course be' is simple, the answer is a bit complicated. Let’s start with some basics. Who regulates Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s)? RTO’s have to be registered under one of three regulatory bodies: Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for RTO’s operating Nationally Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for RTO’s operating in Victoria only Training Accreditation Council (TAC) for RTO’s operating in Western Australia only For clarity, RTO’s operating only in Victoria or Western Australia may still elect to be regulated by ASQA, and training regulated by all three bodies (ASQA, VRQA and TAC) is nationally recognised and is required to be delivered in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) (more on this later). What courses can RTO’s deliver? RTO’s are only allowed to conduct Nationally Accredited training and assessment in accordance with their scope, which can be found on the...

First Aid and CPR Courses Resume at WAM Training

Since the 25th of March this year, first aid courses have been postponed by most first aid training providers as a result of the advice from by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC). As the peak body in first aid guidance, WAM Training has followed their advice. The Australian Resuscitation Council has now advised that resuscitation training can be reintroduced and recommends that RTO’s should complete a risk assessment and continue to follow National, State/Territorial and local Health and Safety, Infection Control and Occupational Safety requirements to safely facilitate courses. As a result of this most recent advice from the ARC, WAM Training has conducted a risk assessment on the delivery of all First Aid and CPR training and assessment components and has concluded that we can safely continue with First Aid and CPR training whilst continuing to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements and examples of such measures include: Ensuring every trainee has their own CPR...

Five Construction Job Opportunities

In these challenging times, many of us have been directly impacted at work by the fallout of the COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst some jobs are still secure, some jobs are tenuous at best and some jobs are gone altogether. Here’s 5 possible construction jobs, career moves or resumé upgrades that could make you a more marketable, multi-skilled and valuable employee. 1 - Construction Worker The Construction industry has always proven reliable in times of economic disaster. Construction jobs always appear to be in high demand shortly after the dip - via direct employment or employment agencies. The base qualification to work on any construction site is the Construction Induction Card (commonly referred to as the ‘White Card’). The Construction Induction course falls under the Unit of Competency CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry and takes six hours to complete. Subjects covered include: Safety legislation Hazards and control measures Communication and reporting...

Traffic Control Jobs – 5 Things You Need To Know

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of traffic control companies and traffic controllers across many industries - road maintenance, utility maintenance and construction, to name a few. The two driving factors are firstly, an increased level of compliance with legislative requirements and adherence to VicRoads guidelines. Additionally, Government funded projects such as Level Crossing Removal Project, Westgate Tunnel Project, Metro Tunnel, and Regional Rail, have also contributed to a steady increase in the demand for Traffic Controllers. Here’s the top 5 questions we get asked about traffic control: 1 - What does a Traffic Controller do? As the title implies, the main job responsibility a Traffic Controller has is to control traffic (but it’s not quite as simple as that - read on!). Traffic Controllers are only required when a temporary change is needed to be made on the road reserve. These changes are generally because of construction work, maintenance and...

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