The Water Industry Worker Program program was developed in partnership with qldwater, government, industry and training providers to help retain skilled staff and improve future opportunities for workers through industry specific training. The Program commenced in South East Queensland in late 2009 and has now been adopted across a number of organisations and regions from across Queensland.
The Water Industry Worker Program program is focused on the formal recognition of skills and training employees within the civil construction and maintenance field in the water industry. Participants undertake either a Certificate II or III in Water Operations - Civil from the National Water Training Package. The program provides a practical approach to valuing existing skills. The Water Operations - Civil qualifications are nationally recognised, providing access to job opportunities nationally, while up-to-date training and broader career paths offer opportunities for promotion and professional development.
The process includes a recognition of prior learning (RPL) component followed by gap training in specific areas where the participant cannot demonstrate current competency. The RPL process involves the gathering of evidence such as paperwork of jobs completed as well as questioning and supervisor reports. For participants who undertake the program online, ongoing support from a qualified assessor is available.
Have a listen to Dr. Nicole Davis, COO of Mackay Regional Council (Water & Waste) and Chair of WIMWA as she talks about the QWRAP Water Industry Worker Initiative and the benefits of collaboration.
An evaluation of the Water Industry Worker Program was completed in 2014, a copy of the report is available below.
Water Industry Worker Evaluation Report - Release Date 09-Dec-2014: -