When it comes to Security training, ETITO's behind you all the way!
Thursday 3rd September 2009
As the national standards setting body for the electronic security sector, not only has ETITO worked with the industry to develop national qualifications, they’ve crafted all the necessary assessment material and manage the training system too. And, to top it off, ETITO’s team of training managers are on hand to provide ongoing training support.
“Training to the national standard involves a significant commitment from both employer and trainee, but it needn’t be a daunting prospect,” says ETITO Training Manager, Brett Piskulic. He and fellow training manager, Terry Kidd have come up with some great suggestions about how to provide maximum support to your staff so you can be sure they’ll reach their national qualifications goals.
Get staff buy-in
Making sure you’ve got trainee buy-in is a must if you want a successful national qualifications experience. Staff need to understand there’ll be a time commitment expected of them outside normal work hours, so it’s crucial that your trainees recognise the value of national qualifications training and how being a qualified tradesperson will benefit them.
Incentives are a great way to keep trainees on-track to achieve their national qualifications goals. Some companies give incremental pay increases or reimbursement of course fees according to credit or qualification achievement.
Get involved and take an active interest in your trainee’s learning and progress. Have regular one-on-one catch-ups and keep track of how they’re going with their coursework – offer to help if they're not keeping up and schedule jobs that match their on-job requirements so they can complete in a timely manner.
Support the theory aspect of the training by arranging for a quiet study space at work for completing coursework and helping to provide your trainee with the resources they require. If you’ve got more than one trainee, encourage discussion-based group learning to support thorough understanding of the course material.
Sending your trainee out with different supervisors doing different jobs can give them a chance to learn from people with different working styles. And, by varying their daily workload you’re helping to ensure their interest is maintained.
Team building can be a great way to build morale and make your work environment a happy and more productive place. Consider combining your toolbox meetings with a BBQ breakfast or lunch and if budget allows, think about going off-site once in a while. It’s a great way to get your staff engaged and looking forward to coming to work.
Although not possible in every workplace, identifying a person within your company who’s got the ability to inspire and encourage others can be an excellent way to provide support to trainees and make them feel part of the team.
After all the hard work, taking the time to recognise the achievements of your trainee as they reach milestones within their national qualification could be just the thing to keep them on-track and on-target for completion.
Most importantly, don’t sign trainees up and then forget about them. While it’s the trainee’s personal responsibility to see it through – at the end of the day, they’re adding value to your business. Where possible, keep it fun, but don’t lose sight of what you want to achieve for your company by helping your staff achieve a national qualification.
To find out more about training electronic security professionals to the national standard, contact an ETITO regional training manager.
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