Construction, Manufacturing and Mining Blog

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COVID-19 Update – We’re Back, Baby!

That's right. We're back to (COVID) normal from 11:59pm on Thursday 10th June onwards.  As much as we're keen as mustard to recommence, we thought we'd wait until Friday morning to kick things off again. You'll notice one minor change at our Laverton North Training Facility - Mandatory QR Code Check-In. In line with Government directives, you'll see QR Code Check-In posters prominently displayed at all of our building entrances. Please be sure to check-in to help keep everyone safe (and don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not sure how to use it)!via GIPHYA friendly reminder:Please be sure to bring your facemask and wear it before coming insideWe'll be temperature checking all trainees upon arrivalStay home if you're unwell or meant to be isolatingDon't forget social distancing - keep 1.5m away from others We're really looking forward to seeing you.If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan General...

COVID-19 Update – Melbourne’s Lockdown Extended

Whilst I'd hoped to not be writing this post, I can't say I'm surprised. Melbourne's circuit breaker restrictions have been extended by a further 7 days, now forecast to be gradually lifted from 11:59pm Thursday 10th of June. WAM Training has received advice directly from Business Victoria and the Department of Education - both confirming that face-to-face vocational training is not allowed to occur during the extension, with the following exceptions: high-risk work licenses construction induction (white card) We are in the process of contacting all of our customers who have training scheduled during the extension. If you haven't heard from us yet - sit tight, we'll be in touch very soon. Whilst googling profusely to find the official rules as published by the Premier's Office, I couldn't help but notice that several RTO's throughout Melbourne continue to offer their entire suite of courses face-to-face. Let's hope that we don't see further outbreaks as a result of failure to follow...

COVID-19 Update – The Return of the Lockdown

Here we go yet again! The “Return of the Lockdown” calls for another COVID-19 update from WAM Training. The 7 DAY CIRCUIT BREAKER RESTRICTIONS will take effect from 11:59pm Thursday 27th May as Victoria goes into lockdown yet again. Hopefully this one will only be for 7 days, due to finish Thursday 3rd of June at 11:59pm. WAM Training has received advice directly from Business Victoria and the Department of Education - both confirming that face-to-face vocational training is not allowed to occur during this lockdown, with the following exceptions: high-risk work licenses construction induction (white card) We are in the process of contacting all of our customers who have training scheduled for next week. If you haven't heard from us yet - sit tight, we'll be in touch very soon. We encourage you and will continue to work with you, to keep you and your families safe. If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan...

COVID-19 Update – The Return of the Face Masks

As a result of a new coronavirus cluster in Melbourne's northern suburbs, new restrictions for Greater Melbourne come into effect at 6:00pm tonight. Therefore as of Wednesday the 26th of May, 2021 all trainees are advised that face masks will need to be worn indoors at WAM Training, unless an exemption applies. To view the Victorian government's COVIDSafe settings (click here). Face Masks 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. 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, coughing and sore throat....

Confined Space Rescue – Is My Crew Going Home Safely

It has always fascinated me that whilst most appear to be aware of the dangers of working in confined spaces, injury and loss of life due to working in confined spaces across the globe continues to increase. As we continue to raise awareness of the significant dangers that confined spaces can pose to the health and safety of workers, we must also focus on strengthening all controls used to prevent injury and death as a result of working in confined spaces. Although confined space entry planning and preparation should control all risks associated with a confined space entry, history tells us that is not the case. Rescue of an occupant is our last line of defence and the protection of rescuers is essential. Not only are we obligated to ensure that rescuers are not exposed to uncontrolled hazards - we also need to acknowledge that if a rescuer is incapacitated by injury (or worse), the initial victim then also remains in need of urgent life-saving assistance. For our last line of...

COVID-19 Update – Lockdown 3.0

Here we go again! Another lockdown begs another COVID-19 update from WAM Training. The CIRCUIT BREAKER ACTION began to take effect from 11:59pm Friday 12th February as Victoria went into lockdown again. Hopefully this one will only be for 5 days, due to finish Wednesday 17th of February at 11:59pm. WAM Training has received advice directly from Business Victoria and the Department of Education - both confirming that face-to-face vocational training is not allowed to occur during this lockdown. This advice comes amidst rumours of fly-by-night RTO’s still continuing to conduct training in person - focusing more on making money than the health and safety of their staff and customers. As always WAM Training will continue to follow government directions, as the fight continues against COVID-19. As such, WAM Training will not be open for business until Thursday the 18th of February. We have already reached out via phone calls and emails to all who had training course bookings on Monday,...

WAM Training – On The Move

From Monday 7th December, WAM Training is relocating to a purpose-built training facility. The property, located at 56 Dohertys Road, Laverton North (just 500m from our current site), is sure to impress, having been designed to provide critical skills and knowledge pivotal to safety in live environments. Here’s a few of the things we’re super excited about: The site more than doubles our current capacity The confined space entry and rescue practical training area has 4 separate entry points, including sewer entry and vessel entry We’ve built an industrial height safety training area comprised of vertical ladders, a catwalk and live edges Our warehouse racking environment is perfect for realistic forklift training The indoor dogging training area provides for uninterrupted dogging training year round We'll have a massive outdoor training area for our traffic controller, telehandler and EWP courses Starting from today, we’re offering a massive 20% discount to all new bookings at our...

COVID-19 Update – Business as Usual, Well Almost

Businesses across Melbourne are now, for the main part, trading again. The Victorian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening Roadmap moved to the 3rd step from Tuesday 27 of October at 11:59pm. As an Adult education provider, WAM Training is no longer required to view trainee Permitted Worker Permits. Rest assured, whilst the fight continues against COVID-19, WAM Training will continue to implement a series of strict controls to keep you safe from the coronavirus whilst training at our Laverton North training facility: Face masks - 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. 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. Social distancing -...

Permitted Worker Permits Required

Hi Everyone, For courses occurring between Monday 14th September and Monday 26th October, WAM Training will: Only be taking bookings from businesses Require those businesses to declare that the training is required to assist with the construction of critical infrastructure or other authorised construction Require Trainees to bring a Permitted Worker Permit with them specifically stating that they are authorised to attend 73 Dohertys Road, Laverton North VIC 3026 from 7:30am till 4:30pm on each training day This decision has been made after carefully considering the information published by the Department of Health and Human Services and after consultation with the Department of Education and Training and Business Victoria. We understand that not everyone will be able to meet these requirements, and recommend booking into training after Wednesday 26th October this year. Please also note that these measures will be lifted after: We reach Monday 26th October; andThe average reportable...

Limited Availability – High Risk Work Licence Courses

Hi Everyone, I wanted to reach out to let you know that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated its website to permit training and assessment for high risk work licences. As a result, we will be opening a small number of courses for enrolments per below: Over 11m Boomlift Licence Courses (WP) Thursday 3rd to Friday 4th September Thursday 10th to Friday 11th September Forklift Licence Courses (LF) Thursday 3rd to Friday 4th September Thursday 10th to Friday 11th September Dogging Licence Course (DG) Monday 7th to Friday 11th September Applicants who apply to enrol into the courses listed above will be required to provide evidence of having a Permitted Worker Permit covering their attendance at training. To make a booking into one of these courses, please click on the relevant hyperlink above. Critical Training for All Other Courses We continue to offer all of our courses for sessional/group bookings for businesses which require training necessary for the...

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