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Workers’ Education Trust Kaimahi Mātauranga

Workers Education Trust

The Workers’ Education Trust Kaimahi Mātauranga was setup in April 2017. The foundation Trustees are committed to ongoing worker centric education. The flagship programme at this time is the WorksafeReps Health and Safety Training. This private page is dedicated to providing resources and information to Union Organisers and delegates. All information provided is confidential to the recipients and not to be shared without permission from WorksafeReps admins. Any questions/queries submitted via this page will also be treated in confidence.


Key provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 related to training

In Schedule 2 of the Act (2015): Health and safety representatives (Part 1) H&S Representatives:

12 Requirement to allow health and safety representatives to attend certain training

  • … if a health and safety representative has been elected to represent workers who carry out work for a business or undertaking, the PCBU must-
  • allow the health and safety representative, for the purpose of attending health and safety training,-
  • 2 days’ paid leave each year; and
  • Comply with any prescribed requirements relating to access to training for H&S Reps (including any requirement to meet the costs of that training).


In Regulations of the Act (2016): Health and Safety at Work (Worker Engagement, Participation, and Representation):

21 Training required to issue a provisional improvement notice

  • …a H&S representative must complete initial training
  • …initial training is achieving NZQA Unit:29315

22 Types of health and representative training

A H&S representative may use his or her annual trainingn entitlement (2 day) to attend initial training, additional training, or transition training.

23 Choice of training

A H&S representative may choose a training opportunity in consultation with the PCBU.

24 Duty (or PCBU) in relation to access to training for H&S reps

  • The PCBU must-
  • Pay the H&S reps training fees; andd
  • Pay for any other reasonable expenses to attend the training


Who are WorksafeReps?

WorksafeReps is New Zealand owned and operated. It operates under the Workers’ Education Trust which was establiched by the NZ Council of Trade Unions in March 2017 with primary purposes to:

  • Promote, conduct, coordinate and monitor education as part of a programme to educate workers and employees in NZ; and
  • Plan, develop and undertake education courses in health and safety at work.

Register for Health & Safety Training

Training courses by region

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