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Date PostedJuly 10, 2014

Construction Education and Training

A question that health and safety training experts suggest employers ask is whether they educate their staff or simply provide training?

At first glance they may seem like the same thing but in fact educating workers on safety and simply providing them with safety training are very different and the effectiveness of your efforts will depend on whether they are “educated” or simply “trained”?

Experts in the health and safety arena will tell you training isn’t just about providing workers with written material and expecting them to memorise it. Experience has taught us that people learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process.

And as employers its’ important to recognise that getting the safety message across is more important than simply fulfilling health and safety legislation, it is a matter of productivity and more importantly a matter of life and death.

So what is the most effective way of training workers on safety?

One way that has proven effective and is growing in popularity globally not just in Australia is online training.

In my opinion one reason why online safety training is gaining in popularity is because of its effectiveness in getting the message across. Whereas traditional training in a classroom environment or simply providing workers with written material doesn’t motivate them to get involved and interact, online training ensures that workers are actively engaged in the training program.

One program that has been delivered effectively and cost efficiently online is the general construction induction course which has been mandated for all construction workers by the federal government.

This safety induction course is known as The White Card course and can be completed online rather than having to attend a traditional educational institute. This is beneficial for a number of reasons, the most popular being:

  1. Saving time:  Registration and completion of the course from the comfort of the student’s home means that they don’t have to stand in long queues to register or travel to classes to complete the course. The majority of the course is completed online and a small part of the assessments are done over the phone. This ensures that students are actively engaged in the learning process which experts have discovered is the best way to learn and retain the information learned.
  2. Saving money: Most students entering the construction industry are eager to get to work and start earning. Our short course can be completed quickly and save learners money on registration fees and travel costs. It also saves those who are working and studying at the same time because they don’t have to take time off work. The course can be completed at night, during lunch breaks or whenever students have a minute or two to spare. The cost of the online course is nominal compared to other training courses.
  3. Getting actively involved rather than learning passively. Safety training is one of those topics that you need to retain in order for it to be effective. What would be the point of completing the course and immediately forgetting everything you learn? Your health and safety literally depends on your ability to retain the information relayed by the course, which is much more likely if you are actively completing the assessments and being involved in the learning process. Our user friendly interface is also state of the art and designed to hold your attention while relaying the safety information necessary to stay safe on the construction site.

 

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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