We wrote to Leap CEO, Paul Collins, recently to ask about development opportunities that had been offered to workers some time ago.
When several workers first started at Leap, they were told there would be chances for them to upskill and that Leap would offer several courses – including a TAFE Certificate IV qualification.
It’s been years and these haven’t been spoken about since so we raised the issue with Paul.
“Leap have been looking at ways to contribute to DSW’s to gain their Cert 4. I have spoken with staff regarding this but have not followed up. This is an oversight on my behalf and will try to get some follow up in the next month. It has been difficult as we have had staff that have started their Cert 4 that have chosen not to complete which has wasted opportunities for others. We have also not been able to access the subsidies in the manner we hoped which has impacted on the numbers we can put through.
“We are currently working with training organisations on having a more user-friendly training platform for Support Staff to access training. Although not a Cert 4 we will be having a major focus this year on staff gaining transferrable skills and training.”
We also mentioned there’s some appetite amongst casuals to move to permanent roles with permanent hours and asked whether Paul would be happy to talk to interested staff about the possibility of becoming permanent employees, and Paul said:
“On the 6th of May 2019 I sent a post on Deputy (Leap’s roster and news feed app) extract from the award Right to Request Casual Conversion. Since then, this has been included in staff new starter pack to ensure staff are informed of this right.
“Performance reviews are currently being completed with them being able to address as a goal.”
This is great news if you’re looking for more training, the opportunity to start a Cert IV or the chance to convert to permanent employment with sick and annual leave.
It always pays to ask if you’re wondering about opportunities at work!
If you have any questions about the training and development on offer or conversion to permanency, have a chat with management.