As a progressive, technology-driven company, we recognise the importance of continually investing in the training and development of our people.
Civmec has its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 52645), which offers skills and competency-based training courses. The RTO currently offers 29 units of competency, specialising in high risk training, including crane operations, rigging, scaffolding, forklift and elevated work platform operations. It has expertise in mobile plant operations, such as excavator, backhoe and roller operations, and is one of the few RTOs in Western Australia that offers specialised training for tilt-up panel works. It has also developed a program of management training for supervisors that covers leadership, team management, project management, and health and safety.
The RTO runs Nationally Accredited training as well as non-accredited training such as Verifications of Competencies (VOCs).
Working closely with operational areas and health and safety, courses are developed to meet identified needs. For example, the RTO offers courses for supervisors based on the Mines Safety and Inspection Act - Appointed Person (Section 44), Hazardous Substances, Spills Kit training, Breathalyser Testing, and has developed a program of training for its apprentices.
Health and safety is a significant aspect of every course that the RTO provides, which increases the overall knowledge and safety of Civmec employees as they participate in training. Through the RTO, employees are trained to see and manage risks in a more proactive way within their workplace.
The role of the RTO is to create a skilled and diverse workforce that drives our high-performance culture and is focused on the personal growth and retention of our staff.
We work closely with the Wirrpanda Foundation to provide free training for the Foundation’s job seekers. We also work with local high schools to provide outreach programs to mentor high school students to take science and engineering pathways. This includes as an industry partner in the P-Tech and Subs in School programs and our collaboration with South Metropolitan TAFE and local high schools to introduce a school-based traineeship program during 2019. We have also partnered with Luerssen Australia and ASC to launch the Shipbuilding Education and Apprenticeship (SEA) program, which will help build the skills needed for Australia’s multibillion-dollar naval shipbuilding industry. Under the program, 12 scholarships have been awarded to engineering and trade students in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In addition, three of the scholarship recipients have also been awarded internship placements, including one with Civmec.
In 2016, Civmec won Employer of the Year in the WA State Training Awards for the training and workforce development that the company undertakes for its personnel and the training it provides as an outreach service to community organisations like the Wirrpanda Foundation.