Welcome all, to the first edition of Progressive Training’s Newsline for 2018!
It is very pleasing to kick the first Newsline for the year off with such a positive feel on what 2018 has in- store! The hard work our dedicated team put in throughout 2017 has meant we have hit the ground running in 2018 and are positioned for a very busy and exciting year. My Newsline articles throughout last year highlighted the huge change in direction Progressive Training has taken, delving into Glass and Glazing, Childcare, Skills through Employment and Education Program (SEE), whilst still maintaining a focus on the existing training we’ve had on offer over previous years, such as High Risk Licences and Business Services courses. In this first edition, I’d like to touch on those new ventures with an overview of how we have commenced 2018.
MSF30413 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing has gained even more momentum in 2018, with Progressive Training now having more than 20 businesses on board in the Perth Metro and Southwest WA regions as well as 3 businesses locally in Geraldton. Positives in this space include several apprentices having been signed off this year already… now being trade qualified and Progressive Training heading up the delivery of the AS1288 Standards package in conjunction with the Australian Glass and Glazing Association (AGGA). The delivery of the AS1288 workshop, which has already been run once and is scheduled to be run at least two more times, contributes to the AGGA Accredited Company Program and Progressive Training are certainly proud to be associated with a program that is designed to demonstrate the skills, experience and quality of organisations within the Glass and Glazing industry.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has seen its first public course being conducted out of our Geraldton office this year and although it’s early days, it is running very well. With an enterprise training arrangement in place with Early Explorers Learning Centre (EELC), we have the convenience of being able to cater for the required 120 hours of work placement, ‘in-house’, meaning we’re able to offer greater options to prospective participants. I’d like to acknowledge Amanda Dawson, who after recently completing her Certificate IV in TAE late last year, has stepped into the role of Childcare Trainer and is doing a wonderful job.
The SEE Program – Wow! The SEE program in Broome has really moved forward in 2018 and to give credit where credit is due, I would like to acknowledge the work of Jamin Feddersen who has taken over as the Lead SEE Trainer, with assistance from a new staff member, Kristie Marinko, who I will introduce shortly. The great work that has been achieved this year has resulted in full classes and the need to go and purchase a small bus to keep up with participant numbers attending the program. In a very short time with the new team of Jamin and Kristie, we have seen some fantastic results!
As has been the case over the last few Newsline’s, I once again have the pleasure of introducing new staff members… I’m very happy to welcome Casey Taylor and Kristie Marinko to the Progressive Family. Casey is our new Client Services Coordinator in Geraldton and comes to us with a great deal of experience. Casey’s skill set includes; Administration, Childcare and Finance to name a few. Part of Casey’s role will also involve taking the reins from Shelby, as Shelby starts a new journey in her life with baby Scarlett being welcomed to the world on the 2nd April!!
Kristie has been with us since February, working out of the Broome office, and has really been a breath of fresh air, providing vital administrative support to the SEE Program. Casey and Kristie have put a few words together as an introduction, so I won’t steal any more of their thunder, but on behalf of the Progressive team, a big welcome, we’re all looking forward to working with you and I’m sure you’ll both excel in your new roles.
With the welcoming of new staff, we also sadly say farewell to one of the absolute stalwarts of Progressive Training… Bill Belson. Bill has moved east to be closer to family (which has left some large shoes to fill). Those of you who are familiar with our Facebook page would have seen the heartfelt video message Geoff Feddersen posted for Bill, but to reiterate Geoff’s sentiments, Bill will be sorely missed and as all of us at Progressive know, the value of family is second to none. From me, on behalf of all at Progressive, we wish Bill and Elaine every happiness for the future.
From the CEO, I look forward to updating you next quarter with what I am sure will be more good news stories.