Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Finalists showcase the importance of training to Western Australia

    2/07/2018 2:05 PM
    • Organisational finalists in WA Training Awards 2018 announced
    • Finalists applauded for their investment in training
    • Employers provide employment based training pathways, essential to skilling WA workers 

    A project that gives students real world experience while helping to protect WA's Abrolhos Islands is just one of the success stories in the spotlight at this year's WA Training Awards.


    Central Regional TAFE is leading the Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration project to manage invasive aquatic species and restore key ecosystems on Australia's Coral Coast.


    The project is a finalist in the WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 category.


    This year's organisational finalists demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community.


    Award winners will be announced in September. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.


    The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners the State Training Board, Crown Perth, CCI WA Apprenticeship Support Australia, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, McDonald's Australia, MEGT, NECA WA, Training Accreditation Council, AV Partners, Roy Hill, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, Picton Press and Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing.


    For more information visit http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "Creating training opportunities for Western Australians is key to ensuring we are well placed as the State's economy grows and diversifies.


    "The WA Training Awards encourage continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in a sector that is critical to building the State's capacity. 


    "Highlighting the achievements of those in the training industry, and investing in training, will encourage others to also be involved.


    "Our finalists have continued to invest in training and it is fitting that we recognise their commitment."


    Minister's office: 6552 5700


    Organisation finalists

    WA Employer of the Year 2018

    Gino's Panel and Paint, South Fremantle
    Gino's Panel and Paint has been operating in the Fremantle business community for 45 years as a highly trained team of technicians providing quality vehicle repair. A long-term host employer for the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the company provides on the job training for 11 apprentices. The company's training plan is an integral part of their business, including training for apprentices, technicians, customer service roles and supervisory positions.

    Mandurah Taxis, Mandurah
    Mandurah Taxis has been providing on demand transport for the Peel Region since 1959. With a strong focus on supporting their local community, Mandurah Taxis are an equal opportunity employer offering mechanical and administrative apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience opportunities for local secondary school students, and employment and support for many new migrants. The business also works with job providers to assist people with injuries, disabilities or disadvantaged students get back into the workforce. 

    Roy Hill, Perth Airport
    Roy Hill is an integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara region. The business relies on an efficient, flexible, cost-effective and well trained workforce to meet business needs. In the past 12 months over 150 traineeships and apprenticeships were commenced at Roy Hill. The organisation is driven to give back to the community by offering genuine training and employment opportunities to Western Australians with limited or no mining experience, while upskilling existing employees.

    WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018

    Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton
    Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Midwest. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.

    Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.


    NECA College of Electrical Training's WA Schools Collaborative Training Pathway, Balcatta
    NECA College of Electrical Training has partnered with some 31 schools, industry bodies and employers in WA to deliver effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in the electrical industry. The program provides young people with an improved career path from school into a formal qualification and later into employment as tradespeople, with employers benefitting from access to pre-screened applicants for apprentice recruitment.

    The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) in collaboration with Programmed Training Services, Quadrant Energy and Shell Vermillion, Welshpool
    NETTS brings together the leading players in the oil and gas sector with peak training bodies in a proactive solution to a skills shortage in the sector. Through best practice research, shared training practices the program is growing and developing well-rounded and qualified technicians, who are competent in all technical aspects and instilled with a safety culture and life skills that align with their host company's values.

    WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018

    Mental Health Commission – Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, Perth
    The Mental Health Commission's Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since its commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.


    Stanley College, Northbridge
    Three campuses across Perth engaging with local and international students Stanley College provides qualifications in Business, Health, Early Childhood Education, English Language, and Hospitality to around 2,000 students from 42 countries. Stanley College has cultivated a culture of ongoing collaboration, networking and experimentation to implement the most effective training and assessments to its students. Stanley College is a hands-on, practical institution preparing students to meet modern workplace demands.


    Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing, Northbridge
    This year Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing celebrates 21 years of training. Taylorweir is committed to its continued development as a quality training organisation which focuses on innovative and flexible training in the hairdressing industry. Open and conducive relationships with employers, industry bodies and suppliers encourage industry engagement and positive opportunities for students. Their vision is to provide the essential skills that build a solid foundation on which to grow a rewarding and prosperous career.

    WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018

    Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton
    Central Regional TAFE operates across nine campuses from Exmouth to Northam and enrolled more than 8,500 students last year. Central Regional TAFE is a leader in industries such as maritime, agriculture, land management, community services, local government, mining and nursing. It continues to place students, industry partners and strong links with community and Aboriginal people, at the forefront of its activities.

    North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup
    North Metropolitan TAFE leverages its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. Delivering 40 per cent of WA's publicly funded Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and taking an active role in skills development for the implementation of Metronet is all part of this TAFE's planning for a skilled workforce. 

    South Metropolitan TAFE, Murdoch
    South Metropolitan TAFE provides world-class training to around 25,000 students from Bentley to Mandurah. The college plays an important role in the state's economic development delivering training to around 40 per cent of Western Australia's apprentices as well as training around 2000 international students each year. The college continues to be responsive to industry needs from delivering a new cyber security qualification to working with Rio Tinto to develop Australia's first automation qualifications.