Essential Skills is an entry-level programme which will help your crew better understand safety and how they can contribute to a safety culture in your business, leading to a safer and more productive worksite.

It prepares your crews to take the ConstructSafe Foundation Knowledge Assessment.

This programme has developed specifically with embedded workplace literacy to meet the needs of the construction industry and those working on the tools. It is endorsed by Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) and supported with funding from the Workplace literacy fund.

Who it is for? Crews and frontline staff who need to lift their
foundation and workplace literacy skills. Those staff who have not yet been able to achieve Constructsafe Foundation competency.

Learning outcomes

The learning has been designed specifically for adult learners and uses an embedded workplace using proven techniques to build confidence and skills.

Connect with Health and Safety at a personal level

Have a good attitude towards Health and Safety

Speak up in relation to Health and Safety improvement opportunities and challenges

Work with people from a range of backgrounds

Understand important Health and Safety words

Understand Health and Safety responsibilities

Actively identify and report more hazards

Understand and use Health and Safety controls

Speak up more at tool-box meetings

Modules and format


Investment Funding is valued at $2,275.00 per eligible learner.
For a group of 8 eligible learners, this equates to a funding value of $22,000 +GST.
It is expected that the organization accessing Workplace Literacy funding support make a fair and reasonable contribution to the costs of the development programme. This is calculated at $400 company investment per learner.
Learners who are not eligible for funding can still be enrolled on the programme @ $2,275.00 + GST per learner.

“This training engages the target audience and challenges attitudes and behaviours (hearts and minds). It is of particular benefit as the delivery method is specifically designed for kinaesthetic learners which resonates with our people.” – National Safety Director

“Reinforcing and growing an understanding of reporting in my team… shifted the culture from old school view of ‘ranking’ to a proactive approach of improving things. We need to make no blame ‘no blame’ – old school managers often don’t get it, train them” – Participant

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