Training reimbursement funds distributed by the BERT Training Fund Worker Grants Program are for the
acquisition of new skills and not the recognition of existing competency or work experiences. Therefore, the costs associated
with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are not eligible for reimbursement. Applicants are advised to check with their
training provider to determine whether their training outcome includes any recognition of prior learning measures. Where recognition
of prior learning has been undertaken, applicants will be required to provide a schedule separating RPL and training costs to enable
consideration of their application.
From 1 July 2015, all new Worker Grant applications will require a copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying
the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers as well as the standard documentation.
From 1 July 2015, new applicants will be eligible for a third grant provided that the total
funding amount for the previous two grants was below $1500.
For BERT Training Fund’s (BTF) Workforce Development Manager, Michael Booth the first thing that sprang to mind when he heard of Mates in Construction’s second Kokoda Trek was: Challenge accepted!
MATES in Construction (MIC) is an industry initiative aimed at reducing suicide and improving mental health and well-being for workers in Australia’s construction sector.
MIC has once again partnered with Aurora Adventures to walk the Kokoda trail to both support and raise awareness for suicide prevention within the construction industry.
“I have always wanted to walk the legendary trail, following in the footsteps of those who fought so courageously during the war,” Mick said. “This is why I will be undertaking the 96-kilometre challenge to help raise awareness for Mates in Construction”.
As part of his role for BTF in assisting workers with their training needs and funding availability, Mick sees firsthand the ups and downs associated with working in the construction industry.
“Mates in Construction makes a difference by helping to create awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention”.
As a representative of BTF, Mick is hoping to raise over $5000 before the Trek takes place on 4 September 2015. “My hope is that by fundraising, we can continue to support this organisation that does so much to help my fellow constructions workers”.