News

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.

MORE ON THIS ISSUE:

>> Tradie tickets revoked due to failure by assessor

>> Training organisations should 'do the right thing'

>> Full audit into Site Skills Gladstone assessors underway

>> Burnt tradies consider taking legal action

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



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'Culture shock': Gladstone's new powerhouse doctor

Gladstone Medical Centre has welcomed a new doctor Sameer Pabalkar.

Doctor with more than 20 years now calls Gladstone home.

$25 billion APLNG project spared in Origin's mass sell off

LNG FUKUROKUJU is purpose built to carry LNG from the APLNG facility at Curtis Island to Kansai Electric facility in Japan.

APLNG won't be part of a separate entity after Origin revamp.

Local Partners

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

HBO announces which show will replace Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, and Hannah Waddingham in a scene from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is definitely not coming back next April

Adele's Carpool Karaoke biggest viral hit on YouTube in 2016

The video has already attracted more than 135 million views

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Mr Newman said he read the ABC story this week and was still trying to work out what the punchline was.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!