Focus on the future

Bryan Mason is retraining after taking redundancy from Rheem Australia.
Bryan Mason is retraining after taking redundancy from Rheem Australia.

Rheem Australia enlisted the help of Polytechnic West to train employees to have their prior experience recognised in order to gain relevant qualifications, maximising future job prospects and assisting in accessing further training.

Inventory controller Bryan Mason is one of those employees who has been told he will be no longer required.

The 52-year-old has been involved in getting recognition of prior learning and has now received a Certificate IV in warehouse operations.

About 30 Rheem Australia employees went through with the training. Although some employees have already left the company, Mr Mason is likely to continue working for Rheem Australia until January.

He said it would look good on his resume and make it easier to find a job.

�I think the recognition of prior learning is a great thing,� he said.

Although he is being made redundant, Mr Mason said for him, it was an opportunity for a fresh start.

�The first thing I am going to do is book a trip to Europe and France,� he said.

�I have been here for 18 years (and at) 52 years (will have a) reasonably good payout.�

Rheem Australia operations manager Gary Higgs said the company wanted to do the right thing by its employees.

�Lecturers from Polytechnic West came into our workplace and established what skills and knowledge they had from their time in the industry and ensured those skills were recognised for advanced standing in a qualification,� he said.

�Staff have gained qualifications in areas from welding and warehousing to administration and business, with many gaining multiple qualifications.�