Innovation and flexibility at work

From left to right, Forsythes Training’s Mark Maguire, Di Sweeney, Chad White, Tracey Saggus and Julie Carroll.Innovation and flexibility have helped HRATA Awards platinum sponsorForsythes Training to skill many of the region’s leading businesses for greater success, according to CEO Chad White.

Mr White said the registered training organisation has introduced new methods of delivery and student support as well as new services to an expanding range of businesses and industry sectors.

An increasing number of participants complete courses via e-learning or combination of workshops and online delivery. A student portal combined with ongoing online support has improved training effectiveness and accessibility.

“We’ve introduced special support days at our offices so clients use our equipment and have additional access to trainers,” Mr White said.

Another innovation has been the establishment of Forsythes Careers Institute to help people looking to get into the workforce to have the right, job-ready skills.

“Our in-depth understanding of the local labour market and the needs of business has seen the Institute asked by industry and government to develop a number of pre-employment training programs,” he said.

Those include a pre-employment program for Indigeneous people to work on the multi-billion dollar RAAF expansion project. A programthe Stockland Greenhills redevelopment. Another is planned for the Cessnock Gaol development as well as other infrastructure projects. An industry-first partnership with WorkSkills has produced pre-employment programs for people seeking customer engagement roles.

Mr White said one thing that hasn’t changed is Forsythes Training’s use of expert trainers and its constant revision of courses to meet the latest requirements and industry needs.

“Our platinum support for the HRATA Awards is part of more than a decade-long commitment to advancing the highest quality skills training in the Hunter,” fellow Forsythes Training director Julie Carroll said.

Forsythes sponsored the Overall Trainee of the Year Award, won by Reece Arday.

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