Unique alliance a well-oiled machine geared towards training

PROVIDING world-class and up-to-date training will be the focus of a new partnership between TAFE Western and JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) launched on Friday.

The nationally-accredited training provided by TAFE Western across NSW will allow JCB CEA earthwork machinery customers to customise the length and levels of the training they undertake.

NSW state manager of JCB CEA Phil Withell said the agreement is unique in the industry. 

“There’s always been a need for training, despite what people in the industry say,” Mr Withell said.

“Training is really important. Safety is the key.”

Seven students undertook a pilot accreditation program as part of the launch, using JCB CEA equipment purchased by TAFE Western at the Forest Road Campus.

TAFE Western’s director of business capabilities Brad Polak said the partnership was a natural fit for both organisations.

“If the customer has equipment on site and they want training on site, we can do that,” Mr Polak said.

One of the students who took part in the accreditation, Richard Carter, said a huge benefit of the program was its flexibility for those who already had previous training.

“This allows you as a competent operator to get the accreditation straight up,” Mr Carter said. “You are able to keep up-to-date with current requirements.” 

Mr Withell also took part in yesterday’s training exercise and said it had the potential to be rolled out nation-wide. 

“It was a great experience for me. I know everything about the product, but to do this this morning was excellent,” he said.

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