Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2014 (Finalists)

Last Saturday the Pertrain Team attended the Sunshine Coast Business Awards as finalists at the Sunshine Coast University’s Innovation Centre. This was the 20th anniversary of the local business awards. While we didn’t win, it was great to see the award for our category (Knowledge Industries & Professional Services) going to another organisation focussed on […]

Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative

Unique Student Identifier

As from January 1, 2015, if you enroll in nationally recognised accredited training you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. Your USI number stays with you for life. Your USI will: give you the ability to access a complete record of your Vocational Education and Training (VET) enrolments and achievements from a single online source […]

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

As an organisation, we are supporting Heads Up a workplace mental health initiative. Here are a few interesting facts and figures from them. 3.8 million employees in Australia regularly skip their lunch break with half claiming they are too busy. But research tells us that lack of personal time will actually reduce productivity in the […]

Does 70:20:10 = 100% Retention?

Angle Grinder accidents

Probably not, but advocates of this holistic training model swear that it’s far more effective than using traditional training methods alone. The 70:20:10 model is based on the idea that people learn more effectively when learning combines new information with retrieved knowledge (what the person already knows) and practical application (work experience). The approximate weighing […]

Everybody’s doing it!

Training Log Book

Muscle builders do it.  Obstetricians and Gynaecologists do it. Some seventeen-year-old drivers do it too. What is ‘it’? Maintain a training log book. A training log book is used to record informal training and operational experience obtained in situ (the workplace, on the road, etc).  This training/experience usually comes after the person has received formal […]

Recipe for learning (Part 1)

Recipe for Learning

Recipe for learning Ingredients 1 need to pass on important information 1 topic at a time 1-10 learners A dash of learning difficulties A sprinkle of different training tools to suit experience, attitudes and learning styles. Method Place all ingredients into a suitable learning space and mix well. If only it was that easy… Training and […]

SCORM: It’s a jungle out there

Many companies use a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage learners, present training material and track results.  But with so many software solutions and systems out there, how can you prevent leading your eLearning projects down a digital dead end? In 2000 Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), part of the US Defence Department, developed the Shareable […]

Does a picture really paint 1000 words?

Who cares!  Do you really want to convey 1000 words with one image?  Probably not. But what you probably DO want to convey is something that is hard to explain, or something that needs extra emphasis. Graphics play an important part in information sharing.  Photos and technical drawings are great, but sometimes a cartoon is […]

Typos and workplace health and safety don’t mix

Click here for a FREE presentation on proof reading and quality control that you can adapt and use for your organisation. Typographical errors, or typos, are a fact of life.  Luckily most of the time they don’t result in devastating or fatal outcomes.  But when people’s health and safety is on the line, you can’t […]

Moe-ning tea for mens health

Magnums, moe-iced cakes and frothy, moustache making milkshakes will be the order of the day at Pertrain’s moustache-inspired moe-ning tea, to raise money for Movember. Pertrain has been a proud supporter of Movember for a number of years and this year we are aiming to raise at least $1000 to support prostate cancer and men’s […]

Pertrain’s rapid response to RII changes

Pertrain rapid response to RII changes

In response to advice from industry, the Resource and Infrastructure Industry (RII) Training Packages have changed. The changes have been endorsed by the National Skills Council and are in line with their revised standards for training packages. The new training packages look quite different from the previous RII09 version with the emphasis firmly on creating a more […]