Need training? Our trainers will come to you

By intouch * posted 05-09-2016 10:21


Good leaders know the value of investing in staff training. For remote councils however, sending team members to a capital city is time-consuming and expensive.

That’s why groups of regional councils are choosing IPWEA’s in-house training as a convenient and cost-effective way to up-skill their staff.

Highly qualified trainers will come to you, at any place and any time, to deliver any IPWEA training course. Presenters are able to customise IPWEA's courses to address the key issues and specific needs of your organisation.

Training out west

In Western Australia, John O’Sullivan, Manager of Assets and Procurement at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is leading an asset management improvement project with a group of councils that form the Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC).

Based across more than 900,000 square km in the vast Goldfields-Esperance region, O’Sullivan says the opportunities for the councils to get together and work collaboratively are few and far between.

As part of their push for improved asset management across the region, the GVROC undertook in-house NAMS.Plus training with IPWEA, using their combined numbers to achieve a cost-effective training solution.

O’Sullivan says he highly recommends the training to other councils and regional organisations of councils.

“It was very good for what I wanted to do, because it got a group of people regionally in a room talking about asset management,” he says.

“We’re all on the same page, we’re all going to use NAMS model – we’ve been able to form our own little network.”

And training up north

Steve Cosatto, Regional Infrastructure Projects Coordinator for the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC), also sings the praises of IPWEA’s in-house training.

IPWEA delivered in-house training to the group in Cairns on Practice Note 9: Roads Pavement (Visual Assessment code) suite and Practice Note 7: Water Supply and Sewerage.

“We were very pleased with what the trainers produced; they made it site specific, and I really appreciated their flexibility with the whole process,” Cosatto explains.

“We had more than 20 people take part, and everyone was very satisfied that IPWEA provided an operation-focused workshop that they were able to take back to councils and work with straight away.”

“We’re able to spread the cost across 10 councils plus the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and because it’s in the region everyone can attend.”

Cosatto says the engineers in the region have now been requesting additional in-house training.

“That’s the proof in the pudding,” he says.

“We’ll be there”

IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller says the wide variety of locations that have already played host to IPWEA’s in-house training is proof of how versatile the trainers and courses can be.

“We’ve done in-house, regional training from Kalgoorlie to Rockhampton – very different climatic environments, with very different issues,” he says.

“We have the ability and the skill-set with our trainers to be able to adapt the existing material to those regions, to ensure that what we deliver is useful and usable.”

Fuller says while in-house training is a popular choice for regional councils, who can pool their resources with other organisations to save money, metropolitan councils can also benefit from training tailored to their specific needs. 

“The investment in sending someone to training is not just the training course material that they learn, which they can apply back into the workplace; it’s actually building up that network of peer-to-peer solution providers and sharing the ideas, sharing resources and sharing solutions, which all councils in that area can benefit from,” he explains.

“That’s what IPWEA’s in-house, customised training can deliver to a region.

“IPWEA has made it very clear we will do any training, anywhere, at any time that suits you. If you have a need and we have a training course that matches that need, we will accommodate that as long as we get a minimum number of people. We’ll be there.”

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