Keep your staff safe - Our Background | Industry Training Academy NZ
Industry Training Academy is a company that has morphed from Ian Napier working in the demolition industry and becoming aware that people were not operating in a safe manner around hazardous materials, such as asbestos.

Ian wanted to pass on his knowledge of laws and the industry which he had accrued over time and pass on the obligations required by the asbestos industry. As early as 2012 he was delivering training to WorkSafe, Fletchers EQR and local councils.

Ian and his brother Donald set about building on their knowledge and qualifications to enable them to provide high quality training for the industry. Ian continued to study both overseas and locally until he held several qualifications including being an accredited NZQA and Australian instructor and training assessor. Donald already had excellent teaching skills from his experience in the Defence Force and was able to apply these skills to the training needs of the industry.

As a strong believer in altruism, Ian has developed an ethical and professional approach to the way he does business. As a result, he is very proud to say that Industry Training Academy have delivered the largest amount of WorkSafe approved A, B, Supervisor and Assessor courses in New Zealand.

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Over time Industry Training Academy has grown to the point of delivering training at our two established training facilities in Auckland and Wellington, and Christchurch will be operating soon. FST have also undertaken a number of in-house training sessions to meet the need of our clients. We have travelled to Hamilton, Napier and Te Awamutu. We have also taken training our to work depots within the Auckland area. We always look for ways to meet the customers’ needs.

Industry Training Academy has a commercial auspice agreement with FreshAir East Coast/Deltawest Holdings (RTO Code 40599) who are the registered training organisation who issue the certification for all Nationally Recognised Asbestos Removal courses delivered and assessed by Industry Training Academy.

We now have Beth Duff as the CEO in Wellington and Eugenia Dobson as the Administrator in Auckland.

We are always looking at ways to make our training more interactive and interesting. Active participation in the sessions along with practical components are vital to successful learning. We will go out of our way to cater for the learning styles/needs of all of our candidates.

Meet Our Trainers

Beth Duff - CEO

Beth has recently joined the Industry Training Academy team as CEO after 14 years in the teaching profession Her passion is working with young adolescents, helping them to engage in their learning with an emphasis on building their self-confidence. As a former school principal, this focus and ethos is what she brings to Industry Training Academy.

Previous to this Beth ran a master franchise with her husband Bernie and had the privilege whilst serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Radio Operator for being the first female guard commander for the first ever all female guard – she was even allowed to carry a rifle!

Making workplaces safer is something very close to Beth’s heart as her very dear brother-in-law died from an asbestos related illness. This driver coupled with her ability to develop training programmes that are best-in-class with the most up-to-date training methods makes Beth the quintessential leader for Industry Training Academy.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Education, Post Grad Diploma Literacy, Post Grad Certification Leadership and Administration and an A Class Removalist Certificate.

Ian Napier - Director

In 2000, after a successful career in the Royal New Zealand Navy and the NZ Police Ian decided he wanted a change in direction initially creating a landscaping and earthworks company which eventually morphed into Demolition. It was during this period that he became aware of Asbestos and the health effects this carcinogen caused during demolition work. He became a COC supervisor for asbestos removal then qualified IP402 Surveyor and WorkSafe qualified assessor. This gave Ian a range of skills which assists him in delivering training today – he calls it ‘industry teaching industry’ or ‘mates helping mates’.

One of the main drivers for Ian to enter the training arena was that he wanted to pass on his knowledge of laws and the industry which he had accrued over time and pass on the obligations required by the asbestos industry. As early as 2012 he was delivering training to WorkSafe, Fletchers EQR and local councils.

Ian continued to study both overseas and locally until he held several qualifications including being an accredited NZQA and Australian instructor and training assessor.

As a strong believer in altruism, Ian has developed an ethical and professional approach to the way he does business. As a result, he is very proud to say that Industry Training Academy have delivered the largest amount of WorkSafe approved A, B, Supervisor and Assessor courses in New Zealand.

Ian’s last words: ‘My promise is to enhance the asbestos removal industry through quality, approved training that meets the highest standards’

Donald Napier

Donald Napier (DSD) delivers training in all aspects of Asbestos including, NZQA and BOHS accredited courses. Specialising in the advanced Supervisor, Assessor and Asbestos Surveying courses, Don brings an exceptional level of experience in operating in highly contaminated environments, including Asbestos, and Biological, Chemical and Radioactive conditions.

Don has proven leadership skills having served our country in the New Zealand Military in a number of highly contaminated environments, such as IRAQ (1992/3) during the inspection and destruction chemical and nuclear weapons and manufacturing plants.

It is essential that when you choose a company to deliver your training, that you must ensure that the training facilitator has relevant NZ training delivery skills and qualifications including NZ cultural awareness. As a qualified training practitioner, Don provides 25 years training delivery experience gained in the NZ Defence Force and Australian and New Zealand Polytechnics.

Delivering Asbestos related training for Fibresafe NZ for the last two years Don has used his wealth of training experience and related New Zealand and Pacifica culture, to ensure he is able to assist those operating in the Asbestos environment to fully understand the content and practical assessment matching our country’s specific needs. This includes having completed level 1 and 2 in Te Reo Maori and qualifications in training and assessment.

For his endeavours in training development and delivery, Don was awarded a New Zealand State award in 2011 by Queen Elizabeth II for services to our country.

Responding to the Earthquakes in Christchurch 2011, Don was part of the clean-up operation

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