If you’re a tradie on the tools in Queensland, industry body Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) might fund your BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

Workplace Dimensions has been granted funding CSQ to run nationally recognised 5 day BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety tradies in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Townsville. There is no cost to tradies for the program, with CSQ fully subsidising the cost for eligible tradies to participate in the program.

Worksafe Australia reports that since 2003 there have been 469 fatalities at work in the Construction in industry.

“Even if you’ve worked in the industry for years, ongoing training is so important – in this Certificate course tradies learn not only how to keep themselves and their mates safe on site, but also how to set up WHS systems, assist responding to incidents on site if they do happen, comply with WHS laws, and how to create a workplace where everyone feels they can speak up to make the workplace a safer place” says Paula Tabone from Workplace Dimensions.

“Many tradies haven’t been in a classroom for years so we make sure our trainers aren’t chalk and talk types – they’re all from the real world of industry. “Eligibility is pretty straight forward ” says Ms Tabone, “Queensland tradies need to be working on the tools for 50% of their time, have worked for at least  1 month in the building and construction industry and be an Australian or NZ citizen or hold a permanent resident visa. It doesn’t matter whether you are a sole trader, part time employee, contractor, or if you work full-time with one of the large construction companies, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.”

“We also ask participants to pay a refundable deposit, to make sure when someone says they’re going to do it, they show up so someone else doesn’t miss out on the funding. Also if your company has 10 or more people that are eligible for the funding, we’ll come out and train you on your site” says Ms Tabone.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funding recipient James Matts said after completing the program “This WHS program being funded made a huge difference to me being able to afford the time off work to do the course.   If you want a course that gives you a better standing at work, helps you to be more employable and enables you to do more – this is it.”

Funding recipient James Matts said after completing the program “This WHS program being funded made a huge difference to me being able to afford the time off work to do the course.   If you want a course that gives you a better standing at work, helps you to be more employable and enables you to do more – this is it.”

Programs are starting soon in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Townsville. Check dates here

To check if you’re eligible for funding, click here or call Workplace Dimensions on 1300 453 555.