Benchmark B 457 Training: Business Writing Skills Course for Migrant Workers – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

If you are an employer involved in hiring migrant workers on the 457 visa program, then you fall under the Benchmark A and B training requirements.

To meet training requirements for Visa 457 & 186, use the help of pdtraining in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other cities.

The Benchmark B requires you to invest a percentage of annual salaries into training for staff.

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Pdtraining is now the official training partner for the Migration Institute in Australia, and as such can provide employers the following:

  1. Approved training plans
  2. Approved training solutions/courses/programs
  3. Required paperwork to prove the investment was made
  4. Required paperwork to prove the training was delivered

A course we find commonly requested, especially if your 457 employees do not have English as their native language, is the Business Writing Skills courses delivered in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and many other cities.

This course covers the basics of business writing including proper grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, common layouts and common types of business documents.

In this article we review an excerpt form the courses related to grammar in business documents.

Common writing errors like spelling issues and proper grammar violations in a business document can reflect negatively on a professional or a company. Care should be given that all business documents are grammatically correct.

Here are two grammar issues most business writers have trouble with.

NOTE: All grammatical rules discussed here have exceptions and complex forms.

Subject-verb Agreement

Singular subjects go with singular verbs, and plural subjects go with plural verbs. The singular form of most subjects contains the suffix –s or –es. The opposite is true for verbs; it’s the singular verbs that end with –s.

Note though that some subjects have unusual plural forms (e.g. medium- media, man-men, etc.)

Verb Tenses

Modern English has six tenses, each of which has a corresponding continuous tense. The first three: present, past and future are less problematic.

The other three tenses, perfect, past perfect, and future perfect, are formed with the helping verbs have, has, and had.

  • Perfect tense is used to express an event that happened in the past, but still has an effect on the present. Example: Mr. Michael Johnson has managed this company for the past 5 years.
  • Past perfect tense is used to express an event that took place before another action, also in the past. Example: Mr. Myers had been sitting on a meeting when the client called.
  • Future perfect tense is used to express an event that will have taken place at some time in the future. Example: I will have finished by 10pm.

In business writing, there are standard tenses used depending on the type of document you are writing.  Business cases  may be written in past or future tense depending on whether the purpose is to discuss how a project was executed, or propose how it would be executed.

Verb tenses can also vary within the same business document. The Organisation Overview section of a proposal may be written in perfect tense, while the Financial Projection Section could be written in present tense.

Make sure to have your business document reviewed at least once before submitting.

Tip – Creating a Grammar Cheat Sheet

The number of spelling and grammar rules can feel daunting, especially if English is your second or third language , but you don’t have to memorise everything in this course. What you can do is create a cheat sheet!

A cheat sheet is a ready reference of rules you need to remember, written in a brief, simple and easy to understand fashion. Tables and bullet points can make a cheat sheet more effective. Some cheat sheets are poems, alliterations, and songs.

For best results, make your cheat sheets personalized, targeted to spelling and grammar issues that you often have problems with.

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Pdtraining delivers 1000’s of professional development courses each year in Brisbane, Sydney, Parramatta, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, so you can be assured your training will be delivered by a qualified and experienced trainer.

All public training requirements for Visa 457 & 186 include am/pm tea, lunch, printed courseware and a certificate of completion.  Customised courses are available upon request so please contact pdtraining on 1300 121 400 to learn more.