Training meets skills demand

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Training meets skills demand

TAFE SA training in forklift truck operation has recently been delivered at Naracoorte, providing an opportunity for local workers to gain in-demand skills and licences.

The three-day training program, Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck, was held at Naracoorte Freight Centre with participants coming from several businesses in the district.

TAFE SA has been working closely with local employers to provide the upskilling opportunity after a skills shortage was highlighted.

TAFE SA chief executive David Coltman said the training provider continues to be responsive and adaptable to the needs of industry.

“As the public provider of vocational education and training, TAFE SA works closely with industry to ensure we’re providing high quality training that is relevant to workforce needs,” he said.

“Naracoorte businesses identified the need for more workers to take part in forklift training and for the training to be in the local area so it could be easily accessed.

“TAFE SA is committed to providing greater access to training in regional areas and we’re delighted to be providing this program on site at Naracoorte Freight Centre and delivering important skills that can be used across multiple sectors.”

TAFE SA’s Manager of Education Partnerships for the Limestone Coast Ally Skeer said it was a great example of TAFE SA working with local industry and delivering training where it’s needed.

“We’re pleased to be delivering this training in Naracoorte and supporting local businesses who would otherwise have to send employees away for training,” she said.

The training unit includes planning the work, conducting routine checks on the forklift, shifting loads in a safe manner, and shutting down and securing the equipment after completion of operations.

The unit is based on the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work.

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