A gateway of opportunity at TAFE
WIDE Bay Institute of TAFE is providing a gateway of opportunity for businesses in the region, offering support through the Federal Government's National Workforce Development Fund and new programs in 2013.
A new and innovative program has been made available this year, with Wide Bay Institute of TAFE now offering the complete Diesel Fitting qualification for the first time due to demand within the region and the mining sector.
According to senior training consultant at WBIT Chris Kettle, the project has been well received and supported by the community.
"An indication of the community support for our local TAFE was donations of machinery from Bundaberg Regional Council and Bundaberg Refrigerated Transport which are truly appreciated," he said.
"Many other local businesses have supported the establishment of this facility by way of discounts, donations and expertise."
Wide Bay Institute of TAFE will also take on the task of providing support to businesses through the National Workforce Development Fund this year.
The fund offers assistance to eligible organisations to support the training of existing workers and new workers in areas of current and future needs.
To be eligible for this funding it is a requirement that each business have a Workforce Development plan.
"Wide Bay TAFE sees this as an opportunity to assist the local business community to utilise funds being offered to firstly, conduct a Workforce Development plan of the business," Mr. Kettle said.
"With issues like natural attrition, retirement and projected growth, the employer can get a much better understanding of their future workforce needs."
According to Mr. Kettle, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE continues to be the training provider of choice in the Wide Bay region.
"Wide Bay TAFE has the widest variety of VET programs in this region and we are very proud of that," he said.
"Our teachers are industry experts and have strong industry relationships. That is why industry holds people who have completed a TAFE course in such high regard."
Mr. Kettle also believes Wide Bay Institute of TAFE is a local icon in the community and continues to meet the training needs of the region.
"A lot has changed in delivery methods and the duration of apprenticeships and traineeships but the same dedication and commitment to quality training applies," he said.
"Wide Bay Institute of TAFE has built strong links with business and industry to ensure our training programs are current and you receive the knowledge and skills that employers are seeking."
"We endeavour to meet the training needs of industry where a major need exists. Wide Bay Institute of TAFE looks at every opportunity and if a genuine business opportunity exists, we will invest substantial funds to get the new program up and running."
For more information on the Workforce Development Plan or the new Diesel Fitting program, please phone Chris Kettle at Wide Bay Institute of TAFE on 4150 5715.