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 is embarking on a research project to explore why industry training retention rates are lower than desired.
Now more than ever, it is critical for the forestry industry to ensure that it has skilled workers who can adapt to new ventures, as industry addresses the challenges of 2020. The project seeks to investigate whether existing training courses and traditional course delivery may be hindering training outcome rates and therefore require a new strategic direction.
This project will explore how training providers, such as LITA Training, may better attract and retain students who enrol in accredited training programs, specifically targeting the forestry sector. We will consider alternative training solutions including training products and delivery methods, through consultation with Company CEOs and Managers and other important stakeholders, as well as reflect on existing research reviewing the effectiveness of alternative delivery methods compared to traditional classroom based models.
LITA Training is inviting CEOs and Managers to share their views in January and February. Your insights into the forest industry’s skill needs and how training providers may better respond will assist LITA Training future-proof its program delivery ensuring it continues to play a valuable role aiding skill development across the supply chain. If you are interested in participating, contact Sandy Kanahs, General Manager, LITA Training: email@example.com or call (08) 8735 1474
LITA Training and GTFIH acknowledge the South Australian State Government’s Building Capability Project (BCP) initiative which has contributed funding for this research.
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.
LITA Training’s 2019 client satisfaction results include:
· 100% of companies that used our services said that they would recommend LITA Training to others
· 100% of the companies agreed or strongly agreed that our training prepared their employees for the workplace
· common comments from these companies affirmed that LITA Training met their skills development needs and praised our trainers’ ability to bring out the best in their people
· 98% student satisfaction with students saying that they developed the skills they wanted, and
· the majority of students also expressing high satisfaction with LITA Training trainers, in particular, that they were knowledgable about their subjects, approachable and made the training experience fun.
Responses from both our 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 logging and related sectors in 2020.
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