In February 2012, WorkSafe formally acknowledged a three-year extension to its partnership with DeakinPrime, the corporate education arm of Deakin University, to provide WorkSafe Agent employees with nationally recognised vocational education training (VET) qualifications.
On hand to jointly sign certificates recognising the extension of the partnership were WorkSafe Chief Executive Greg Tweedly and DeakinPrime Chief Executive Officer Jules Cauberg.
‘We’re delighted to continue what has been a very fruitful and strategic partnership with DeakinPrime,’ said Mr Tweedly.
‘There’s one thing that’s for certain: the capability of our people forms a central strategic theme to continue improving the service to injured workers and employers—it’s a non-negotiable—and we’re grateful to have the expertise of DeakinPrime to keep building that capability.’
DeakinPrime Alliance Director, Liz Vinning, said the first five years of its partnership with WorkSafe had been a great foundation to launch a new era of vocational education training in personal injury management.
‘Our partnership with WorkSafe has been so successful that we’ve now reached the point where we can work more directly with each of the WorkSafe Agents to assist with the integration of VET programs into their people strategies.
‘We’ll provide a fully customised service that takes into account each agent’s competitive advantage and the needs of their people, but we’ll never lose sight of the fact that it’s all about improving the way agent employees manage injured workers’ WorkSafe claims and Victorian employers’ WorkSafe insurance premiums,’ said Ms Vinning.
Over the course of the partnership, DeakinPrime and WorkSafe have established a closer alignment between VET qualifications and postgraduate qualifications and implemented five personal injury management qualifications.
In the last three years, over 250 WorkSafe Agent employees and WorkSafe employees have completed full qualifications, and many of them have completed multiple full qualifications.
In 2012, DeakinPrime, WorkSafe and its agents commenced the implementation of a traineeship model which, with the help of Skills Victoria and Federal Government funding, is providing WorkSafe agents up to $4000 for every participant who signs up and completes a qualification.
The training can be customised to reflect the key WorkSafe scheme objectives and the traineeships can be adopted into each agent’s recruitment, capability development and retention strategies.
‘This development has been very important for WorkSafe because the extra funding has helped up-skill workers through the vocational education training and reduce the training costs for the scheme,’ said Mr Tweedly.
‘I’d say to anyone interested in a career that helps injured people get their lives back: grab this opportunity – because our partnership with DeakinPrime has set the foundations for an industry that provides clear career pathways for people in personal injury management.’
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