Making Training Accessible at Westerra Equipment
Surrey, BC: Our sister company, Williams Machinery, certified their first deaf student during a Mini Excavator Operator Training Course on November 23rd. This was seasoned Williams Machinery training instructor, Eric’s, first time teaching a deaf student, and he observed the challenges that people with disabilities face, and gained insight into the teaching strategies needed to create a positive learning experience.
He has taught students of various abilities throughout his career and believes that if a student takes his course and is committed to learning, it’s his responsibility to ensure their success.
His motto: “If someone is willing to learn, I’m willing to teach.”
Eric relied on repetition and demonstration, and the assistance of two hand signal translators, to help the student clearly understand his training. If they didn’t understand, Eric changed up his explanation. Being deaf did not stop the student’s concentration as they relied on their other senses to operate the equipment safely.
We are committed to providing the resources needed for every student to succeed.
“It shows how our company finds solutions for anyone. We are giving back to the community by helping individuals get trained and find good jobs. It makes me proud to see our company do this,” says Tony Atwal, Assistant Operations Manager – Williams Machinery.
Our training programs welcome individuals of all abilities. We work with several employment service agencies, including Island Dead and Hard of Hearing Centre, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Pacific Community Resources Society, Avia Employment Services and WorkBC Employment, to find individuals interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills, and the gaining certification needed to advance their career.