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Flexible rural skills training popular in Dalrymple and Flinders regions

Opportunities for agricultural training have been given a boost in the Dalrymple and Flinders regions, with a Rural Training Queensland instructor now based at Charters Towers. New instructor, Jean Robins and her mobile training service, is a welcome addition to fulfil gaps in the training needs of individuals and groups in the local communities.
"The local landholders, schools and agribusinesses I have spoken with have given me feedback that they are glad to have another option for rural skills training the region," said Ms Robins.

She said from her discussions, it is apparent that employers are seeking to address three key issues through training.

The first is the importance the beef industry places on relevant, practical training to improve WH&S standards for employees.

"In 2017 we are offering a hands-on beef production course. This is much more than 'talk and chalk' in a classroom setting – we take course participants out to develop skills and safety awareness in a range of real world environments," said Ms Robins. "We partner with local agricultural enterprises for site visits and training workshops."

"Being able to deliver training in a working environment means students are exposed to a broader range of learning experiences, helping them to gain practical skills in areas like livestock handling and rural property maintenance."

Secondly, Ms Robins says rural business owners are keen for employees to access short courses locally, to build or refresh necessary skills sets. The convenience of local and on-site training means businesses experience less downtime while being able to upskill groups of employees at the one time. "Rural Training Queensland instructors have the flexibility and mobility to deliver short courses tailored to the needs of local businesses," she said.

Third is the desire amongst rural industry employers to take on trainees. "We can partner with employers and trainees to coordinate on-the-job training as well as group training at the 'pop-up' workshops with other students" said Ms Robins.
For more information visit rtq.edu.au or call 1800 888 710.

Photo: Rural Training Queensland utilises a variety of local production enterprises for training workshops to ensure students develop industry relevant practical skills.

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