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Becoming an RTO

Since becoming a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in 2013, Safety and Learning Techniques (SALT) has embedded itself into the safety (WHS) community. Through our commitment to quality, training and development products and services, we’ve specialised in high-risk industries such as mining and energy.

The story to our move into being an RTO goes back over 20 years to my time at Jundee, a mine site then owned by Great Central Mines in the Northern Goldfields region of Western Australia. I was their Acting Safety, Health & Training Superintendent, responsible for the management of training, medical, health, hygiene and emergency response activities.

At that point in time, the WA mining sector was considering legislating the Frontline Management Initiative (FMI) competencies as a baseline qualification for all front-line leaders in the sector.  

The concept was being driven by industry via the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) with a pilot session being facilitated on site.  It was during this time I met Di Granger (Lifelong Learning) and Dr Irene Ioannakis (CEO of Ioannakis and Associates) and, as you do with like-minded people, we have forged relationship based on commitment to all things training and assessment in the Vocation, Education and Training (VET) sector

Di was facilitating the pilot of the FMI program on behalf of the CME through Irene who was the Director Safety, Education and Training at the time.  For those of you in WA, you will know the FMI concept went into Parliament but never made it out the other end. None the less, the suite of vocational competencies around work, health and safety (WHS), leadership and management and train the trainer are with us today and a great resource for building capability and enabling potential.

Fast forward to now, the three of us (with periods of no interaction) have remained solid colleagues and friends, calling on each other for advice, insights and to simply sound out when required.

I moved to Queensland in 2003 and have built the SALT business and RTO into a leader in safety, providing products and services all around Australia. It was here in Queensland that Irene and I crossed paths a few years back when she moved here with her role of Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioner Regulatory Operations with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA is the regulator for the VET sector.

Networks of competent people are a must for capability building. Di, and her Lifelong Learning approach is testament to learning being an ongoing activity, not just a once off.

Did I mention it was the Lifelong Learning RTO I bought all those years ago?

We are connected. The strength of relationships should always be valued and never underestimated.

Looking forward to continuing relationships and forging new ones as we continue to strengthen our learning and development products and services.

Contact me, if you’d like to know something more.



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