2022 Project: Recognising our Forestry Workers’ Existing Skills and Experiences
Did you know that despite our forestry industry operating with highly experienced workers and contractors, a significant number of workers remain unqualified? Did you also know that LITA Training, alongside any other training provider, can recognise your employees’ skills against national accredited skill benchmarks without the need to attend classes?
A key recommendation of the forest industry research undertaken in 2021, seeking to improve the qualified worker rates (refer below), encouraged LITA Training to further explore this service.
In early 2022, LITA Training, LITA Training is pleased to have formed a partnership with the South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA), to investigate how it may offer recognition services to Green Triangle forest employers, their employees and contractors and through the convenience of on-line/web-based activities.
We welcome your views about the relevance of this proposed virtual skill recognition service. To express your views and to hear more about the proposed service, an Industry Forum is scheduled for 2.00pm – 3.30pm, Thursday 20 January 2022.
Please add a placeholder in your diary and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Project’s mailing list, to receive further information about this Forum as well as Project updates. See you there!
LITA Training acknowledges the South Australian government’s co-contribution through its Building Capability Project (BCP) funding initiative.
2021 Research Project: Improving Qualified Worker Rates through more Responsive Training Solutions
In early 2021, in partnership with the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub (GTFIH), LITA Training embarked on a research project to explore why forestry accredited training retention rates are lower than desired in the region.
Through an extensive consultation process with local industry, the project identified that non-completion is a complex issue encompassing factors that are both in and out of a training provider’s control. The research discovered that forestry employers were, in the main, currently preferring to use non-accredited training unless required by regulatory or licencing obligations. In turn, the project highlighted the challenges facing training providers in supporting industry to appreciate national skills accreditation as the quality skills benchmark. The availability of current and relevant training options was confirmed as an essential criterion in enabling stronger retention rates, together with the need to offer programs in more flexible and accessibility ways that aligned to the typical shift work environment.
A summary of the Project’s findings and recommendations is now available. As one of the key forestry training providers in the Green Triangle region, LITA Training is committed to working through these recommendations to enable stronger connection and servicing of its industry clients.
LITA Training and the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub wish to acknowledge the South Australian government and its funding of this project through its Building Capability Project (BCP) initiative and are equally appreciative of the generous contributions of local and national industry stakeholders which informed this project’s findings.
If you are seeking further information about this Project, contact Sandy Kanahs, General Manager, LITA Training: email@example.com or call (08) 8735 1474.
COVID-19 MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS:
As for most Registered Training Organisation throughout Australia, we had to change the way in which we deliver training services since COVID-19 was announced as a worldwide pandemic.
Given the dynamic nature of the current pandemic, the General Manager is monitoring advice from the Department of Human Services and WHO daily and will continue to update LITA Training’s responses based on this information.
The actions of LITA Training in relation to each student and class group will be reviewed and assessed on a case by case basis, based on the risk to students and LITA Training staff. Where possible, training and assessment will continue. The General Manager will advise staff and in turn, all students and their employers of its decision, which may also include cancellation or postponement of courses.
At this time we would like to advise our clients that we remain open for business until otherwise directed. Our wonderful staff is manning the office from 9am – 5.00pm but our office door is now kept closed to the reception area.
For those needing to collect or drop off paperwork please contact the office on 8735 1474 to make a scheduled appointment time. We no longer accept cash payments for courses only Card or EFT.
Our current classes have been lowered in numbers to follow the social distancing rules outlined by the Federal Govt. We are also guaranteeing our clients that our premises and equipment are kept clean and tidy with high levels of sanitizing.
For course bookings or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the office on the above number or email firstname.lastname@example.org
General awareness and tips
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available from the Department of Human Services and World Health Organisation (WHO) websites. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. LITA Training advises staff and students to follow the below recommendations:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. LITA Training has provided supplies in all public areas and will monitor and replenish as a priority.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1.5 metre (4.5 feet) distance between yourself and other people.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with your hands
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
When you feel unwell
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Please advise the General Manager immediately if you are feeling unwell. LITA Training will require a medical certificate with clearance to return to work once you are fit to return.
What are we doing to protect staff and students:
All equipment in training room e.g. tables, chairs, projector etc are sanitised prior to commencement of class and on completion of classes.
Students are provided with only disposable cups and teaspoons. Staff and students to ensure they sanitise hands prior to touching tea and coffee facilities.
Toilets are kept clean and we ensure that there is plenty of soap and towelling provided to students and staff.
When cleaning and sanitising any equipment, please wear gloves as provided.
We ensure there is towelling, tissues, bins and hand sanitiser available to all students.
Truck and forklifts are sanitised using disinfectant every time a student/employee gets into the vehicle and forklift and when the student/employee leaves the vehicle/forklift. We further ensure that door handles, hand rails, seats, steering wheels etc are cleaned. Student is to clean on leaving the truck/forklift and to dispose of waste materials into provided bins.
If you would like further information, a link for real-time updates and factsheets from the Department of Health is available here:
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The Logging Investigation and Training Association (LITA Training) was incorporated in 1973 and started providing training and related services to the forestry and forest products industries in 1975
A nationally recognised Registered Training Organisation (National Provider No: 0577) please visit www.skills.sa.gov.au
L.I.T.A Training now serves workers in the forest, transport and machine operating industries in the South East of South Australia.
Certain of our training programs are subsidised. If you think you are eligible, refer to our Important Information tab for more details about how you can apply and any costs involved.
How are we travelling?
Each year, training providers such as LITA Training evaluate the feedback that they have received from their students and employers. LITA Training has once again, proven its commitment to employers and their people.
Despite COVID-19 challenges during most of 2020, LITA Training’s employer satisfaction results include, from those who responded:
· 100% stated that they would recommend LITA Training to others, and
· 100% agreed or strongly agreed that our training prepared their employees for the workplace.
With over 650 student responses received, an impressive 99% of the respondees would also recommend LITA Training to others, based on their experience. Students commented favourably on our knowledgeable and friendly trainers combined with our professional learning environment.
Responses from our 2020 students and employers are consistent to previous years' findings, which shows that we are committed to providing relevant and quality training. LITA Training will continue to strive to provide excellence in its servicing of our members and other employers operating across the forestry and related sectors in 2021.
LITA Training encourages feedback from any stakeholder – please take the time to complete our Feedback Form. Feedback Form.