HYDAC Competence Matrix facilitates meaningful training and work preparation

HYDAC offers a skills matrix, which is a form of skills assessment to ensure that hydraulic training meets the learner’s and “readiness for work” requirements.

The competency matrix is ​​linked to HYDAC’s full range of standard training options, selectable from its training calendars for courses delivered on permanent programs to fully customized programs as well as virtual reality training ( VR), which it intends to expand in accordance with industry requirements.

Competency matrix designed to help, not confront

HYDAC CEO Keen said the company’s skills matrix is ​​“uncomfortable” for some companies and individuals, but if approached in the right way, its benefits become evident.

“It shows where participants would benefit from more skills or upgraded skills,” he said.

“So this is not a criticism but a focus on where someone could get benefits and improvements. If there is buy-in from the company, there is a good chance that it will translate into positive results.

Keen pointed out that the skills matrix is ​​related to the fact that most companies now “look at a person’s actual skills and abilities and know when someone is a really good ‘operator’ that needs to be taken care of. “.

This is in a way a departure from the nationally accredited training which, for the most part, had the support of unions and large industries because they could claim training costs on the tax credit and because ‘within traditional employment, it offered a structured way for trades employees to reach the next level of employment.

“In traditional employment, there are categories of people: engineer, class three, class two, class one, etc., and this class system applies to many different trades and industries,” Keen said.

“By taking nationally accredited training, you could complement your resume to the point where you have moved on to the next level and a salary upgrade.

“That was the model and the system was built around that model, but I don’t think that model generally exists more – maybe in a few heavily unionized industries.”

Focus on preparing for work

HYDAC Technical Training Manager Paul Marley says the “challenge” is to focus on the training required to get people ready for the job.

“I see a lot of evidence of a skills shortage in Australia; I see people are not ready to work, ”said Marley.

“And as a person who works in the industry, I am equipped to know what is required and I can see firsthand how difficult it is to employ a salesperson, engineer or technician with the skills and the knowledge necessary to perform their duties. The need for people ready to work is therefore overwhelming. “

HYDAC expands its offer of training formats

Keen said that HYDAC, as a certified regional training center for Asia / Pacific, intends to move to the point where it can offer a user-friendly and convenient training solution in today’s market and environment.

“This could include dividing the courses into smaller modules – micro-accreditation – that students can take at any time and in any order,” he said.

Keen added that universities have offered micro-accreditations in the past, but found it “difficult” to perform them administratively.

“This would not be the case for HYDAC because it would not manage thousands of courses and thousands of information blocks,” he said.

“We are able to offer and manage smaller training blocks. “

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