CY O’Connor Institute is recognised as an innovative provider of education and training services that contribute to regional and state workforce development. Their mission is to provide quality education and training services to enable students in the Wheatbelt and beyond to achieve their potential.

C.Y. O’Connor Institute’s regional campuses are located in Northam, Narrogin, Merredin and Moora across the Wheatbelt. The Institute is dedicated to providing first class training to all its students offering Certificate, Diploma and Degree Qualifications in subjects ranging from Agriculture, Business, Children and Community Services and Trades, and is recognised as the preferred training provider in the Wheatbelt.

Through these high standards John Scott, Managing director of C.Y. O’Connor identified RAC DTEC as a prime partner to address specific challenges being faced by their students when moving around The Wheatbelt. Whilst in the process of organising a grant to deliver driver training for school leavers, John realised that his own staff were also at risk.

From initial engagement with RAC DTEC’s Key Account Manager to determine training needs, a contextualised package was created to meet the specific requirements of C.Y. O’Connor staff. The training needs analysis was then referred to the Courseware and Compliance Manager to create the course structure with the content being written by DTEC’s Subject Matter Experts. This was then ratified by the Training Manager and client. Peer review was completed when the training was delivered to twenty C.Y. O’Connor staff members to ensure quality expectations were met.

The training focused on practical aspects of safe vehicle operation including correct driving posture, reversing exercises and emergency braking in both dry and wet conditions as well as fatigue management and incident avoidance techniques. RAC DTEC’s unique and innovative hazard control vehicles were also employed to provide participant exposure to understeer and oversteer in a safe and controlled environment.

CY O’Connors’ Marketing Manager Jenny Bartlett said “C.Y. O’Connor Institute staff are often required to travel long distances between work and home, between campuses, and to see students. We wanted to ensure our staff members were fully equipped to handle the long distances, something which comes hand in hand with working in regional WA. Institute staff learnt defensive driving techniques, critical braking techniques, hazard perception and risk management, and observation techniques. The use of the hazard control vehicle had everyone’s heads spinning but staff were able to pick up new techniques which would hopefully serve them well in the future.”

Based on the success of the first session, further training is due to be delivered in the coming months. Upon tailoring the product to C.Y. O’Connor, and follow-up leadership discussions, it was determined that a fatigue management Unit of Competence should be included within the core defensive driving products delivered by RAC DTEC.

The requirements of CY O’Connor raised the need to address fatigue management for all drivers across varying environments. Therefore RAC DTEC has updated its range of defensive driving courses to include the Apply fatigue management strategies (TLIF2010) unit of competency.

Further information on RAC DTEC’s defensive driving courses  is available online.

To discuss how RAC DTEC can help you and your business please call: 6189 4646

Continued support is being provided to CYOC to gain funding for the school leavers grant.