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Workplace trainer slams employers who cut corners

GLADSTONE trainer Lance Tulloch claims he loses at least one potential client every week because of a culture where workers and their employers are taking shortcuts in training in high-risk areas.

He operates a registered training organisation, and insists people upskilling in areas of work considered high risk complete a 120-hour logbook, as required by law.

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But, he says, many employers these days are asking assessors to accept recognition of prior learning to lower the cost and shorten the time it takes to complete their qualifications.

He said employees shouldn't have been doing that work without proper training and tickets.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigations continue after this newspaper revealed at least two accredited assessors were found to have failed to comply with conditions around licensing. Hundreds of trade qualifications were made void.

Mr Tulloch, director of Australasian Training and Education Centre, said workers and their employers had a responsibility to ensure training was done to a standard.

"We know of two guys who came down from Townsville to be trained, but the boss doesn't want them coming back several times so he wrote a competency letter, the RTO allowed that and ticked it off. It makes a joke of the system."

He said courses that should take several months are being signed off on in a week or less.

A scaffolding ticket should take a week of training including theory and practical. Students should then complete 120 hours before they are qualified.

"It should take a couple of months at least but the practical component is being skimped on."

Top high-risk qualifications:

Hours of experience required for qualification:

  • Rigging: 120 hours
  • Advanced rigging: 180 hours
  • Crane ticket: 40-80 hours
  • Find out more at training.gov.au.

Topics:  training



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