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In this month’s newsletter we are commencing a series of profiles featuring the chairs of each of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support. The chairs have a wealth of experience in their relevant industries but have one thing in common – they are all passionate advocates of Vocational Educational and Training.
This month we profile the Chair of the Gas IRC, Lindsay Eisemann.
How did you come to work in your industry? My entry into the Gas industry was through a plumbing and gas fitting apprenticeship. After school I was not really sure about what I wanted to do. After a few years of trying different jobs, I enrolled in a pre-vocational course at Cairns TAFE which gave me exposure to multiple trades. Plumbing attracted my interest. After getting my trade qualification I gained a wide array of skills and knowledge through 10 years of hands-on industry experience.
Once I started my journey, it got me thinking about planning for the future. Over the following 10 years, I completed a Bachelor of Education and a Post-Grad Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety part time. I took up a position as a Plumbing and Gas Fitting teacher at Yeronga TAFE in Queensland, which not only allowed me to share my knowledge and experience but gave me exposure to the RTO perspective on the VET system. I was then offered an opportunity to work for Origin Energy in training and safety. Twelve years on, my role has evolved but workplace training and education is still at the core of what I do and what I am passionate about.
What is your current role? I am a Senior Training and Competency Business Partner with responsibility for the LPG business across Australia and Pacific. I also support the Retail team on Health Safety and Environment (HSE) training and competency. My role is to ensure that the business has access to fit-for-purpose, timely and cost-effective training solutions. I manage and engage with stakeholders to ensure training needs analysis, competency frameworks and training plans are all developed in line with our business context. I also work collaboratively with Origin-wide Training and Competency teams to design and develop standardised training governance policies and procedures.
What is the best part of your job? The people. I value the collaborations I have and ongoing learning opportunities as well as seeing the impact my work has on both the business and individuals.
Why are you an advocate for Vocational Education and Training? Because of my personal experience with the VET system and the opportunities it provided me, as well as what I have seen it provide to others. I also like the fact that training packages are developed by industry to support and provide a standard for industry. I see education and training as the vehicle to effectively manage change and the risk associated with that change. At a time where there seems to be constant change, adaptability and lifelong learning are key. I believe nothing could be more important than building capability and competency to ensure an engaged, productive and safe workforce.
What has your organisation done to develop the skills of your workforce?
We implemented a Skills Recognition and Development Program which enabled employees to achieve a qualification applicable to their role. The program covered LPG Terminal Operators, Terminal Supervisors/Managers, Cylinder Deliver Drivers, LPG Tanker Operators and Schedulers using qualifications from the Gas Industry and Transport & Logistics training packages. Many participants had never attained a qualification prior to this program and were proud to gain formal recognition of their skills.
What are you passionate about? What makes you smile?
I have got the travel bug. Over the past few years I have enjoyed travelling overseas on holidays. So far, I have visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, India, China and Bali. It is great to experience different cultures, sights and food but I do get in trouble with my wife for taking too many photos of LPG tankers, cylinder trucks and gas installations.
The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is responsible for the Gas Industry Training Package. The Committee oversees the development of industry competency skills standards and qualifications in the Gas industry.
The UEG Gas Industry Training Package provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of gas supply pipeline networks and gaseous fuel storage and distribution