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“I’ve had a career path change because of an accident. I was working as a machine operator in forestry for seven years before I had the accident which wasn’t work related. It’s been a long and frustrating recovery journey but as a result I’m now on a career path that I didn’t know existed. An occupational therapist along the way could see that I had transferable skills from forestry that could be applied to the massively growing health and safety industry.”
“I’m amazed at how much there is to know in health and safety. I feel a lot less limited in my capabilities and there is the bonus of the tutors’ contact networks. We all come here from different industries as part-time students so we learn a lot bouncing ideas off each other.”
“We do practical exercises in managing heights, first aid, fire safety and confined spaces and it really helps our learning. I still have a couple of physical restrictions but my determination gets me through.”
“I now have the qualifications to open up different work options plus I can do next level training, then get my Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety plus some international qualifications. I want to be working in Dubai in Health and Safety in two years. Already I have two work options as Safety Observer to consider. One is as part of the 2018 oil refinery shut down and the other is on an oil rig in Taranaki.”
“New Zealand’s culture for Health and Safety is quite poor and I want to be part of the change for the better within that. I want to encourage people to become curious about health and safety and to ask questions about how it relates to their day to day work. My recovery journey has fuelled my motivation to help people take really good care of themselves on every level in their life and work.”
“We all come in from different industries for a day a week so it’s great getting feedback from each other.”
“The health and safety culture in New Zealand is changing but we still have a lot of work to do around it. We need to realise we’re all responsible for ourselves as well as everyone around us. I signed up for NorthTec’s NZ Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 4) because I’m employed in a high risk hot-dip galvanizing plant so we have a strong motivation to be informed, and we recognise that we need to lift our game.”
“This programme is geared to a supervisor level and above, and we all come in from different industries for a day a week so it’s great getting feedback from each other. By exchanging ideas outside our own industry it helps us see with fresh eyes and learn different ways of applying what we’re learning.”
“At the moment we’re learning health and safety law and how to use it as a framework to build our processes on. The challenge is coming to grips with all the legal implications and how best to inform others, change some misconceptions, and improve our health and safety culture. We get ideas from the course as to how to go about this but it’s up to us how we choose to apply what’s required.”
“Longer term, as I learn more about health and safety and take more responsibility for it at work, I may move off the tools and focus more on that aspect of our industry. It’s a legal requirement now to have health and safety practicalities and procedures in place so we all need to be part of that change.”
The skills that I have learnt from the course has helped me to understand why certain people work the way they do.
“The skills that I have learnt from the course has helped me to understand why certain people work the way they do. I now see things from the employers’ point of view which has helped me to not be so petty when given jobs that usually would have been looked at as punishment, instead of as something that needs to be done.”
“Because of my change in attitude towards work, I am now given responsibilities that would usually have required me to take a senior member of staff with me to the job site and assess and organise how the job should be done. I now feel I would like to carry on with training, the knowledge you learn from doing these courses helps one make wiser choices in life, I now know what type of industry I would like to work towards being part of now.”
I am so much more confident at giving instructions at work and at getting resolution in any conflicted situations...
“I am so much more confident at giving instructions at work and at getting resolution in any conflicted situations. The course has really helped me come out of my shell and communicate at work in ways that are effective.”
“I’d been in our company for a while, starting as the parts girl, when I was offered a service role that involved giving instructions. The opportunity came through to enrol for the First Line course and my bosses were ready to support me in that. It involved three block days a month.”
“It was really daunting to walk into a classroom of people I didn’t know. I am naturally shy and I was also a full-time working new Mum at the time, but the tutors created a relaxing environment and made each of us feel comfortable.”
“Public speaking, being involved in discussions, and doing role play, were a real stretch for me but with encouragement and constructive feedback I was able to push past my limits and gain a lot of self-confidence by the experience.”
“I went there very nervous as to whether I could pass. It really surprised me that one of the tutors sorted out a scholarship for me that paid for the course. It boosted my confidence to know someone had taken an interest in me and wanted me to succeed.”
“Now that I am performing at a good level in my Service Co-ordinator role taking calls and organizing the day for our three engineers, I will try for the Service Manager’s role here. This would be more of an H.R. role involving trainings, induction, and handling the pay roll and discipline issues. I understand more now about dealing with different personalities and am better at responding with an appropriate mix of compassion and firmness. I’ll keep giving it my all because I know that gets results.”
“As I progress I may take the H.R course at NorthTec. I’ll highly recommend NorthTec to anyone as a great place to be and to study – whatever the course.”