Competency Pay for Tradespersons Policy

Policy HR & Staff Development Competency Pay for Tradespersons Policy

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Intent

To outline the competencies payable and associated process for the payment of the Competency Pay for Tradespersons.

Scope

This policy applies only to those persons employed by the University in a tradesperson position.

Definitions

Tradesperson – a person who holds a recognised trade based qualification and uses that trade qualification in their position.

Policy and Procedures

1. Eligibility

Employees will be eligible to receive one of two competency pay annual allowances conditional upon the following criteria:

The employee has successfully completed an AQF recognised course of study or industry recognised or work related training course, which is in addition to their trade qualification and is deemed by the Manager/Director/College Dean of the relevant work area to be directly related to their current or future duties and is or will be utilised by the employee in the course of their work.

Employees must obtain approval in writing from the Manager/Director/College Dean of the relevant area, prior to any study or training course commencing.

Employees undertaking a recognised course of study will be entitled to apply for study assistance in accordance with the University's Staff Study Assistance Scheme.

2.  Entitlement

Eligible employees shall be entitled to one of the following two annual allowances as under:

i.  AQF Recognised course study allowance

An annual allowance of $2,500.00 will be paid to an employee where they already hold or have successfully completed a recognised course of study, as detailed in clause 3, that is in addition to their trade qualification; or

ii.  Further work related training allowance

An annual allowance of $500 per competency up to a maximum of five (5) competencies will be paid to an employee where they already hold or successfully complete further work related training in their trade area, which is directly relevant to the employee’s duties, and is or can be utilised by the employee in their course of work and has been agreed to by the Director/College Dean of the relevant work area.

The allowances are only applicable from the date of operation of the Agreement and will not be paid retrospectively.

3.  Recognised Qualifications

Below is a list of recognised qualifications for each of the trade categories. This list is not exhaustive and may be altered or expanded by agreement with management from time to time.

AQF Qualifications deemed beneficial to JCU

Trade

Minimum Qualifications required in position

Additional industry qualifications deemed beneficial to JCU

Cert IV or Diploma in AutoCAD

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Fitter and Turner

Cert iii Fitter and Turner

Forklift ticket

Gantry Crane ticket

Working at Heights certification

Restricted Electrical ticket

Extended certification in welding (e.g. TIG or similar)

EWP (Elevating Work Platform)

Confined Spaces

Cert IV or Diploma in AutoCAD

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Plumber

Cert iii Plumbers trade cert

Gas Fitter Licence

Backflow Ticket

EWP Ticket

Forklift

Asbestos B Class removal licence

Working at Heights

Confined spaces

Skid Steer Loader

Underground Services location

Backflow Certification

Solar WHS certification

Additional gas certification ( Co2, Argon, Nitrogen etc)

TMV Certification

Cert IV or Diploma in AutoCAD

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of Project Management

Carpenter

Cert iii trade certificate Carpentry

EWP Ticket

Forklift

Asbestos B Class removal licence

Working at Heights

Confined spaces

Skid Steer Loader

Underground Cable/Pipe location (ULV)

Supplementary Trade certificate

Test and Tag certification

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Refrigeration Mechanic

Trade qualifications in Refrigeration and Restricted Electrical Licence

Forklift

Working at heights

Confined Spaces

Test and Tag Certification

Relevant certification on specific plant (chillers)

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Vehicle Mechanic

Trade Qualifications as a vehicle mechanic

Forklift

Hydraulic Diagnostic Certificate

Skidsteer Loader

Front End Loader

Automotive Air Conditioning

Commercial Vehicle Module

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of Project Management

Diploma of Management

Electricians

Trade Qualifications as Electrical Fitter/Mechanic

CPR/LV

Contractor Induction

High Voltage Switching Operator Licence

EWP Ticket

BMS Controls

Confined Spaces

Working with heights

Cable Location

Estimator Qualification

Basic refrigeration/air conditioning

4.  JCU Commitment to training – industry recognised training course

Where an employee does not currently have the required competencies to receive the maximum allowance of $2500 per annum, JCU agrees to provide the opportunity for the employee to achieve at least one qualification per year.

5.  Currency/Upgrading of qualifications

It is the responsibility of the employee to maintain the currency of any agreed qualifications and or upgrade any qualifications as required by the recognised certifying body from time.

If any qualification/s lapse without good cause payment of the applicable allowance will cease.

6.  Payment of the allowance

The applicable allowance will be paid fortnightly following approval on the appropriate form.

7.  Professional Development

Other professional development undertaken in the normal course of employment with the University will not attract this allowance. Professional Development may include: computer skills, first aid, performance management training, occupational health and safety, resuscitation.

8.  Recognition of other qualification:

Employees who consider they have a qualification that should be recognised should contact their supervisor/manager in writing detailing the qualification and how the qualification is used or can be used in their position and provide a certified copy of the qualification.  Employees will be notified in writing as to whether the qualification is an accepted qualification.

9.  Obtaining qualifications

Employees who wish to attain/study a qualification are to discuss their request with their Manager/Director/College Dean stating the reason for wishing to obtain/study the qualification and how it can be utilised in their position and or for the benefit of JCU.

Related documents and legislation

Human Resources Delegation Policy

Staff Study Assistance Scheme Policy

Tradespersons Competency Pay Application Form

Administration

Approval Details

NOTE: Printed copies of this policy are uncontrolled, and currency can only be assured at the time of printing.

Policy Sponsor:

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Approval Authority:

Human Resources Committee

Date for next Major Review:

29/05/2020

Modification History

NOTE: A minor amendment will not result in a change of the next major review date.

Approval date - the date the approval authority approved the establishment, minor or major amendment or disestablishment

Implementation Date - the date the policy was published in the Policy Library and is the date the policy takes effect

Version no.

Approval date

Implementation date

Details

Author
17-209/08/201710/08/2017Mid-year review of HR Policies in line with the HR Operational Plan Item, Deliver Policy Reviews; Fitness for Future Purpose.Deputy Director, Human Resources
17-120/02/201721/02/2017Minor administrative amendments: Head of School replaced with College Dean throughout; Administration details updated to reflect current policy template.Quality, Standards and Policy Officer

15-1

24/08/2015

24/08/2015

Policy sponsor and approval authority amended to reflect approved Policy and Delegations Framework.

Quality, Standards and Policy Office

12-01

29/05/2012

29/05/2012

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