Induction Training Package

What is in the Induction Training Package?

This Induction Training Package is designed to assist trainers in presenting the Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program’s safety messages on workplace alcohol and other drug safety in a format appropriate to the time constraints of induction courses.

It contains:

  • Trainer’s guide and speakers notes, with suggested timing.
  • “Just Not at Work, Mate” Induction Program training film, which is a compilation of the most informative and hard hitting segments of the Programs highly acclaimed training film “Just Not at Work, Mate”. The film follows the stories of Snake, a brickies labourer, and Troy, an apprentice carpenter who’s drinking and drug taking is affecting their ability to work safely, and creating problems in their personal lives. It also features the story of Greg, a construction site manager with a gambling problem.
  • PowerPoint slide presentation (provided on a data disc) containing 8 slides relating to the training film, including the identification of problems, how they are dealt with using the Program’s workplace policy, and information on the services available at Foundation House and how to access them.
  • Program Outline/Policy and Safety Committee Guidelines document (to be printed off the data disc provided).
  • Course Evaluation/Assessment Form (to be printed off the data disc provided).

The Induction Course

The Program’s Induction Course was designed so that it may be presented to construction industry personnel as a 20 minute component of existing industry induction training, or as a stand alone module for inclusion in any safety or other training. The course can be presented on-site or in an off-site training environment in the construction industry. Beyond the construction industry this course is an effective resource for anyone who has responsibilities for maintaining safety standards and preventing accidents, or is concerned with drug and alcohol problems in any other industry or workplace.

The training course features a showing of the “Just Not at Work, Mate” induction program DVD which runs for 11 minutes and covers the identification of alcohol, drug and gambling problems and how they affect a person’s ability to work in a safe manner.

It teaches industry personnel how to identify safety problems related to alcohol and other drug use, to understand, and where necessary, contribute to the process of dealing with the problem, including making the Safety Committee aware that a worker is behaving in an unsafe manner and needs to be removed from the job. It also briefly outlines the rehabilitation and treatment services available at Foundation House, how they are implemented and how they can be accessed.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the participants should:

  • Be aware of the principles and policy of the Drug and Alcohol Program.
  • Recognise safety problems in the workplace that may be related to alcohol and other drug use.
  • Understand the necessity of intervening, and being able to respond to a worker dangerously affected by alcohol and/or other drugs by making the Safety Committee or other appropriate personnel aware of the situation.
  • Be aware of the treatment services available at Foundation House, and how they can be accessed.

Course outline

The course is made up of two sessions, and should take around 20 minutes, depending upon the amount of discussion and the detail in which it is presented. It is designed to stand-alone or form part of an existing structured Induction Training Session.

  Session Module Estimated time required
1 Introduction and screening of the “Just Not at Work, Mate” Induction Training Film 12 minutes
2 Discussion of training film, slide show presentation and summary 8 minutes

How to use the trainers notes


The trainers notes assume that the person presenting the course has an understanding of the building industry as well as experience in presenting workplace training. The course needs to be presented in the language of the industry and use examples that people will recognise.

Because the Program deals with attitudes as well as information, it is important that participants have a chance to express their points of view and discuss their own experiences. This is necessary for people to recognise their own attitudes, and be aware of how the issues apply to themselves. This means that trainers should involve course participants by asking questions rather than telling them the “answers”; and encourage everyone to participate in the discussion.

Experience in the alcohol and other drug area also indicates that some people will deny how alcohol or other drugs affect them, and attempt to put down other people who raise questions. When this happens in a course, trainers should acknowledge the different points of view, and continue the course. Remember that you are a trainer not a counsellor or therapist.

Preparation/trainer note

It’s worth watching the training film a couple of times before you first use it.