SPASA NSW reaffirms position as peak industry body
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW (SPASA) has reaffirmed its position as the swimming pool and spa industry’s peak body, and announced a number of new initiatives.
“SPASA NSW is aware of a new association being formed which claims to represent retailers and technicians,” says general manager Spiros Dassakis. “SPASA NSW continues with its commitment in providing a vital association for members across the full gamut of the swimming pool and spa industry.
“And we do this from Board level down. Indeed, we have a diverse range of directors covering all sectors of the industry, who provide invaluable experience and expertise. “We recently welcomed Robert Guthrie, managing director of retailing operation Tru Pool, to the Board. Robert is well respected and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and we know he will make a strong contribution to the association and its members.
“The swimming pool and spa industry contributes around $1 billion a year to our national GDP, and it’s vital to have a strong, cohesive, healthy industry. SPASA NSW is committed to helping achieve this. We continue to lead the way in education and training, in addition to lobbying government bodies – relationships which have been established over more than a decade. Plus we have contacts at the highest level in government and continue to not only guide, but sit on numerous Standards committees.”
SPASA NSW is also expanding its well-established training program. “Our association has been experiencing steady growth, particularly in the retail and sub-trade sectors, and is providing training to both local and interstate industry members seeking well-established training at competitive rates,” adds Dassakis.
SPASA NSW recently had its training program formally recognised by the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board (VETAB). The association gained Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status following a comprehensive audit.
“This is an enormous achievement and enables us to continue enhancing our training program,” says Dassakis. “SPASA NSW is on track to deliver training to in excess of 150 people this year. “In addition, SPASA NSW continues to be recognised as the peak stakeholder representing industry, and not only receives support for current training courses but is also invited to comment on draft policy.”
Industry members who undertake accredited SPASA NSW training have the opportunity to promote their status by a Registered Training Organisation. “This enables them to set themselves apart in the industry and prove their advanced level of education,” Dassakis adds.
“In addition to our training and lobbying activities, SPASA NSW continues to strengthen relationships between all sectors of the industry. The swimming pool and spa industry is an integrated one, and it’s important to have a combined voice.
“It’s why we have also introduced a number of social events to bring everyone together. Our 2009 Christmas Fun Day, for example, is designed to be the swimming pool and spa industry day, to which industry members across all sectors, their family and friends are invited.”
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