Central Regional TAFE Winners at the Australian Training Awards

Congratulations to Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) and their collaborative partners on the Integrating Training and Biodiversity Conservation Program on winning the Australian Industry Collaboration Award 2018!

Earlier this month, NACC joined CRTAFE as they headed to Sydney for the Australian Training Awards. The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Having won the WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 back in September CRTAFE and their partners were shortlisted as finalists for the national award through the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute’s Integrating Training and Biodiversity Conservation Project.

The project saw a collaboration formed between Central Regional TAFE, NACC, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and the WA Museum.

Central Regional TAFE Portfolio Manager Dr Suresh Job said the multi-faceted nature of local environmental issues make them very difficult for any, one stakeholder to manage on their own.

“We saw a clear need for greater collaboration between stakeholders to increase organisational and community capacity to deal with environmental challenges,” Dr Job explained.

“We focused initially on two major initiatives, firstly restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos islands and secondly the management of invasive aquatic species in the Mid-West.”

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the award was a great outcome for all those involved in the collaboration that proved to be very beneficial for students.

“As a consequence of these partnership we have developed new training programs that ensure that students have clear pathways from lower level qualifications into higher level qualifications, and then on to employment,” he explained.

“Students gained not only new technical skills and knowledge, but also grew in self-confidence and motivation. Most of our students involved in these projects have come through the programs with a clear idea of what they want to do in terms of a career and what the next steps are to achieve their goals.” 

Jessica Stingemore, NACC’s Biodiversity Coordinator said these types of collaborations were beneficial on a number of levels.

“The projects have not only brought about amazing positive impacts for the students and industry but also for the environment and our community.

NACC’s mission is to Catalyse Community Conservation and everything that these projects have been working towards are reflected in our mission. And that is just one of the many reasons why NACC are proud to partner with CRTAFE and continue to help to further promote the value of working together for a common goal.”

More media relating to this award can be found at here

Photo credits: CRTAFE

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