With the pandemic impacting the delivery of high risk work (HRW) training in eastern Australia last year, Coates’ RTO Manager Paul McDonough is looking forward to the return of face-to-face training at the company’s new facilities in southwest Sydney.
Located a couple of minutes off the M5 motorway in Ingleburn, the new training centre has the capacity to host three courses a day, including undercover spaces for HRW licence and competency-based training.
Key features include a confined space simulator and rescue kit for Confined Space training; a 'circuit' including static and mobile scaffolding, power poles, roofers kits and static lines for Working Safely At Heights; and a wide range of dynamic and static loads for Forklift licence training.
The new Ingleburn site also has a large soft stand area to facilitate civil training, including Excavator, Skid Steer and Install Trench Support.
“COVID-19 has driven an increased demand for digital learning opportunities, however it's far from ideal in our industry, with most courses requiring practical, hands-on training,” says Paul.
"With the new facilities at Ingleburn, we're now able to host all-weather training for up to three courses at once. This capacity will increase to four courses per day when building works are complete towards the end of the year.”
Coates is also upgrading its Melbourne training facility in Brooklyn, 10km west of the CBD, adding an expansive igloo to accommodate undercover training for two courses simultaneously.
Meanwhile, the Perth training hub will move to the Coates head office in Belmont by the end of year. “This will allow us to work even closer with our Industrial Solutions team to deliver training for customers in the resources and energy sectors,” says Paul.
The new and improved facilities coincide with twin construction and infrastructure booms in Australia, with record federal government spending on infrastructure and state government-funded training initiatives to drive the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the Hunter Valley for example, we’ll be training around 250 Indigenous workers with partner Aboriginal Resources Group over the next six months to support transport infrastructure projects in the region, as part of the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative.
“We’ll be equipping the participants to work on these projects with training in areas such as Traffic Control, Forklift, Telehandler, Elevated Work Platform, Work At Heights and Construction Industry Induction Cards,” Paul explains.
Coates also has training sites in Cambridge in Tasmania, Green Fields in South Australia and Kwinana in Western Australia, but the team can provide high risk work and safety training anywhere across the country.
“It doesn't necessarily have to be customers coming to our sites,” says Paul. “Our national network means we can deliver training at customer sites anywhere in Australia, seven days a week, including night shifts if required, or at suitable Coates branches across Australia.”
Coates offers more than 80 nationally recognised Units of Competency registered by the Australian Skills Quality
Authority and over 70 Verification of Competency options.
Popular courses include Elevated Work Platform, Confined Spaces, Traffic Control, Load and Unload Plant, and Cargo Restraint, with a growing demand for specialty civil courses such as Install Trench Support and Identify, Locate and Protect Underground Assets.
“We’re also experts in bespoke and contextualised courseware,” says Paul. “Alongside our scheduled, off-the-shelf training courses, we're able to build a course to suit customer-specific needs, policies and procedures so that it's completely relevant to their workforce and environments.”
Established in 1996, Coates’ RTO has trained and certified more than 80,000 workers across the nation. The company is recognised as one of the leading training providers in the country, exceeding the national benchmark for quality training indicators according to National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data.
“Our trainer assessors are all industry-current and industry-experienced, while the national scale of Coates means we have access to Australia's widest range of fleet and equipment for training purposes, which makes us unique as an RTO,” Paul adds.
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