Month: February 2018

Which Industry Qualifications Are Right For You?

The labour industry comprises such a broad range of sectors and specialisms that it can be difficult to know which type of role you are best suited to and the qualifications you’ll need to get the job. There are hundreds of training programmes, qualifications and certificates provided by different organisations with varying instructors, so it’s important to find the right one for you.

Australia is home to a large volume of manufacturing companies with thousands of workers that produce many of the goods we buy for use in every aspect of our lives. There are a multitude of jobs in assembly and fabrication, engineering, electrical technologies, warehouse stocking, quality control and management. While there is a lot to choose from, the tools and machinery used in these roles require training to operate – you may need a forklift licence, order picking or high reach licence or a logbook machine licence.

The trade industry is very broad but whether you are looking for excavation or construction work, you will need a QLD white card. To work safely at heights, you need to be qualified with an elevated work platform licence or high risk work licence for scaffolding and rigging. For jobs on building and development sites, it’s likely you’ll require training to conduct hydraulic, skid steer and grader loader operations.

With more and more employers looking for trade-certified staff over degree holders, the future of your career depends on choosing a course that’s right for you. If you’re uncertain about the role or industry you’d like to find work in, contact our team to establish the training that will open up as many opportunities as possible for your employment. View our full range of courses here.

First Aid Basics – Protect Yourself and Your Team

No matter how many health and safety procedures your employment has in place, there is always still a risk of accidents happening in the workplace. Some emergencies are unavoidable and can cause injury to employees and damage to business property, so it’s a good idea to be prepared by learning some basic principles of first aid or attending a course.

A first aid course will train you how to respond to life threatening situations, call for medical assistance, perform effective resuscitation and communicate details of any incidents. Giving you the skills and knowledge to quickly and effectively respond to emergencies, you can learn how to protect not just adults but also children. Your training may also come in handy outside of the workplace in the case of an accident.

You should choose a nationally recognised course from a registered training organisation such as St John Ambulance Queensland. As a general rule, there should be one first aider for every 25 workers in high risk workplaces such as construction sites and manufacturing factories. Depending on your workplace, you will need to consider all potential hazards inside and outside of your premises.

Teams that work in high risk workplaces are most vulnerable to accidental injury due to the dangerous tasks involved on a daily basis. Jobs where you may be exposed to risks and hazards include operating machinery such as forklift trucks and elevated platforms, agricultural chemicals, working at heights and extreme heat or cold. These types of roles in particular require a certified first aider to be on-site at all times.

By keeping a first aid box in an easily accessible place, you will be able to rapidly treat any injuries or illnesses in your place of work. These should also be stored inside work vehicles if you or your team travels as part of your employment. For more information on first aid or safety training, contact the Elevated Training team.