Future Skills is a registered training organisation specialising in the delivery of post trade electrical and work health and safety training in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Future Skills student wins Master Plumbers Safety Award 2014
Paul Pask, Diploma of WHS student with Future Skills, took out the STQ Best Individual Contribution to Work Health and Safety Award at the Master Plumbers and Gas Industry Awards last month.
Paul, Health, Safety and Environment Training Manager with PHP Contractors, is also an Apprentice Mentor and two of his apprentices have also won awards - Skills Tec Apprentice Plumber of the Year and STC Best New Starting Apprentice. He's also a Mates in Construction trained Assist Person for the last 7 years helping many site personnel across the industry.
One of Paul's biggest safety interests is the wellbeing of workers in remote locations. His work requires frequent travel to PNG, New Zealand, Darwin and Townsville as well as mining operations, including projects in Moranbah.
"When guys go out to the mines, they leave their social networks, their family and friends behind." Paul established a program at PHP Contractors of structured activities including squash, indoor cricket, day trips and other activities.
"This program not only gives them something to do during their recreation time, it also puts them in contact with other personnel in a friendly, social or sporting environment. We can't replace someone's family out there, but we can provide something where people meet each other outside the work environment."
Paul says the program is paying off with better safety behaviour and better understanding of others, and direct results for the company bottom line - less staff turnover, fewer accidents, less downtime. The program also includes walking meetings, and making sure new workers are introduced to others and taken along to activities.
Paul has been a full time safety professional for 10 out of his 35 years in the industry. He completed his Cert IV WHS and Cert IV TAE with Future Skills and is on his way to finishing the Diploma WHS in August. "Training refreshes and engages the brain to work better and safer in all aspects of civil and construction mining projects."
"I keep going back to Future Skills because I've always had a great experience with them, great service, great training. I use them for my apprentices and I've now got STQ (Services Trades Queensland) on board."
"My first course with Future Skills really stands out for me. I did my TAE with Jenny and every time I deliver any instruction in the workplace I remember her. She sticks in my head as an excellent trainer and I keep going back to the things I learnt from her in that program."
Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland (MPAQ) Executive Director, Penny Cornah says "Paul must be congratulated for winning the Services Trades Queensland Best Individual Contribution to Work Health and Safety Award. Paul works as the Health Safety Environment and Training Manager, and Apprentice Mentor at PHP Contractors and has positively contributed to the safety culture and work health and safety performance of the organisation through his continuous development of the organisational work health and safety management system."
"After gaining support from the company, he has introduced new initiatives, with the aim of improving organisational work health and safety."
"Paul's availability and willingness to help has been openly recognised by his peers and he should be congratulated on his contribution to Work Health and Safety for PHP Contractors."
The Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards are an annual event, held on 25 July this year. The 12 Awards, ranging from Apprentice awards to technical, environmental and health and safety Awards are always strongly contested. More information about the Awards can be found at www.mpaq.com.au
Information about the Diploma of Work Health and Safety and other WHS courses with Future Skills can be found at www.futureskills.asn.au/
Future Skills on the Kokoda trail to raise money for Mates in Construction
Future Skills has fully embraced the Mates in Construction Kokoda Challenge with 6 trainers, staff and CEO, Jacqueline King, donning packs and boots to join CSQ and MIC in this epic challenge.
"Future Skills delivers a lot of training to workers in the construction industry, in partnership with CSQ, BERT and Jetco and we are huge supporters of MIC," said Future Skills CEO Jacqueline King.
"In our Work Health and Safety (WHS) programs and Health and Safety Representative (HSR) courses participants discuss their involvement with MIC on site and what a great initiative it is for the industry."
"We are really excited to have this opportunity to get together with CSQ and others in the construction industry to help raise money and awareness for this important health and wellbeing initiative."
The inaugural Kokoda Trek is a joint venture by CSQ, Mates in Construction (MIC), Cribhut and Aurora Adventures to both support and raise awareness for suicide prevention within the construction industry. Construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than through a workplace accident and apprentices in construction are two and a half times more likely to suicide than other young men their age.
To support the MIC Kokoda challenge and the Future Skills trekkers, please visit http://mateskokodatrek.gofundraise.com.au/page/JacquelineKing#team-info-text and make a donation. The target is to raise a total of $100,000. This will mean MIC can put on another support officer for Queensland.
Hazardous Areas - Electrical
Our hazardous areas electrical training course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work in hazardous gases and dust atmospheres, as well as understand and apply the principles and concepts of pressurisation and purging in a hazardous area.
On completion you will be qualified to supervise, select, install, commission, maintain and test explosion-protected equipment and systems for control and monitoring of plant and processes. The program is mapped directly to the AS NZS AS/NZS 4761.1 Competencies for working with electrical equipment for hazardous areas - Units of competency.
We also offer hazardous areas awareness training targeted at non electrical personnel who are required to work in hazardous atmospheres such as production and maintenance personnel.
Training programs can also be designed and delivered on site to suit your particular compliance needs.
The Certificate IV Electrical Instrumentation program is designed for licensed electricians who are required to work with instrumentation used in industries such as gas, petro-chemicals, sugar, mining, food and manufacturing. Instruments may measure and control temperature, pressure and flow in processes used in industries such as petro-chemical, mining, food and manufacturing.
The program covers key concepts of instrumentation and process control systems, and focuses on fault finding techniques for instruments used to control pressure, density/ level, flow and temperature variables. The program also includes skills and knowledge to use programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
All of our activities and assessments are conducted on modern specially designed and engineered equipment to give you the full experience of working across a range of equipment commonly in use in industry today. Participants will be provided with access to a laptop and software to complete the PLC component of training and you will be expected to have a high level of computer skills and ability to readily learn new software.
Our HV Switching program is designed to ensure safe isolation and access to high voltage electrical equipment. It is intended for electrical workers required to work with HV switchgear in industrial facilities and networks.
The course is structured to provide students with five (5) days of face to face training, incorporating theory, practical group based exercises and a final day of practical switching exercises for assessment purposes.
We have on site equipment to conduct your switching. Alternately, we can also conduct in-house courses where participants can practice on their own organisational equipment.
Our new Construction Wiring course addresses current industry issues relating to wiring rules, standards and electrical safe working practices. The course focuses on ensuring compliance with the Work Health & Safety 2011 laws, regulations, codes and standards, the Queensland Electrical Safety Act 2002, regulations and codes of practice and the AS/NZS 3000: 2007 wiring rules and the AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical Installations - Construction and demolition sites.
Work Health and Safety
Future Skills provides specialist Work Health and Safety (WHS) training courses. Our courses combine theory and practical based learning, using current case studies, issues, data and tools from across industry. Our WHS courses focus on developing skills and knowledge through group work and activity based learning.
- Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training (regulator approved for Qld, Northern Territory (NT) and Comcare courses)
- Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (Cert IV WHS)
- Diploma of Work Health and Safety (Dip WHS)
Training and Assessment
Future Skills is able to provide training in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification on demand. Our program is specifically designed to suit the learning needs of trainers working within or seeking to work in the electrical, building and construction industries.
Future Skills International
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has approved the registered training organisation (RTO) Future Skills International as a provider of skills assessment services for overseas trained electrical tradespeople seeking skills assessments for permanent migration or to facilitate temporary migration and access to occupational licensing once in Australia.
The addition of Future Skills International as an approved provider means that applicants who opt to have their skills assessed, as distinct from being directed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to have a skills assessment for migration, now have a choice of provider for skills assessments in the licensed electrical trades.
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