Today I sat down with Adrian Shackleton who is the new Operations Manager at The Service Trades College Australia. Adrian is a familiar face to CTC because of his previous position with Construction Training Queensland (CTQ), one of our former tenants back in 2007/2008.
Adrian is a plumber by trade but has also spent time in the army, however he has always enjoyed the training and development that is involved in the construction industry.
Coming back to CTC, Adrian expressed his thoughts on the changes between 2008 and now. He said that there are a lot more Registered Training Organisations operating at CTC and the precinct has developed into a real training hub.
Adrian said that the fact that he was familiar with the location and facilities at CTC was an added bonus to his position with The College, along with his acquaintance with CEO Phil Diver.
“It’s nice to welcome Adrian back to CTC as he was here when I first started. I always enjoy welcoming home a familiar face”, Mr Diver said.
Adrian is just as thrilled to be back at CTC as we are to have him.
“It’s a bit like coming home. I am very comfortable here”, Adrian stated.
Adrian said that the partnership between CTC and The Service Trades College is a great, long-standing relationship. He mentioned that a number of his colleagues attend CTC’s fitness programs and are also excited about the upcoming tenant breakfast seminar on SEO Marketing.
“The initiatives and services that CTC offers its tenants are a great way to get involved and also provide opportunities for networking and organisational growth”, Adrian said.
Adrian loves his new position with The Service Trades College. As the Operations Manager he oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the organisation, manages training and training delivery, ensures that the organisation remains compliant to the Australian Quality Framework Training standards, and ensures the review and improvement of the organisation and what it offers.
Along with his new position at The College, Adrian was also very excited to talk about the new and exciting things that are being introduced within the organisation.
One main initiative is The College’s involvement with Business Information Modelling (BIM). The organisation is incorporating BIM into training delivery, which allows for apprentices to gain real life experience.
The Service Trades College’s training tower is mapped using BIM, which give apprentices the opportunity to view materials and drawings of services, identify clashes between trades, and also reduces delays in operations.
The Plumbers Union Queensland has also delivered another initiative to The College in terms of an extra week of training for apprentices additional to their Certificate III Qualification
The initiative is supported by industry and funded by BERT Queensland, which provides training grants and other assistance for workers in the Queensland building and construction industry.
The extra week of training provides apprentices with life skills, allows for them to become a more valued member of the workforce, and even incorporates the introduction to BIM and other technologies such as Microsoft Office.
All of the feedback about the extra week of training has proven it to be a great success.
Adrian is very enthusiastic and optimistic about the things to come for The Service Trades College and couldn’t be more excited to be back at CTC.
“I am extremely excited to be back at CTC and back working in the training environment and I look forward to meeting and working with industry stakeholders”, he stated.
We are delighted to welcome Adrian back and we are excited to see what is still to come for himself and The Service Trades College.