Skills boost for Torres Strait rangers

Rangers ready to learn new skills.

A group of Torres Strait rangers are on their way to becoming better leaders and managers.

The 17 Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) rangers are part way through a certificate IV in leadership and management at the Thursday Island TAFE College.

The course, incorporating 12 units of study, started in October and will run through to August 2017.

TSRA chairperson Pedro Stephen AM said the introductory workshop was held over five days last month.

The 17 participants completed the first three units over the five days.

“The training involves using TSRA policy and organisational documents, and some new best practice theory to develop skills in management and team leadership practices,” Mr Stephen said.

“Workshops will involve real and simulated activities based around project planning, using current operational strategies, incorporating some new sustainability ideas and some innovative work practices.

“TAFE Queensland North Cairns and TSRA deemed this certificate a relevant training program for the rangers, senior rangers, senior ranger supervisors and some other project staff; being specifically designed to incorporate Indigenous Torres Strait issues.

“The aim of this training is to encourage and support the rangers into furthering their skills and careers in leadership positions within the TSRA and other government departments.”

Core units include: communicate effectively as a workplace leader; lead effective workplace relationships; lead team effectiveness; and implement operational plan.

The next workshop is due to be held in February.

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