Tourism and Hospitality
- Caitlin Webb, Hospitality Ambassador Chef, won the HGT-AHA Rising Star award at the 2013 AHA-AON Hotel and Hospitality Awards for Excellence.
- FutureNow's Hospitality Ambassador Chefs were among the winners at the Gold Plate Awards. Kate Corkhill, Emily Jones and Jade Murray are Apprentice Chefs at Matilda Bay in Crawley, which won the Casual Licenced Dining award and Simon Harris is Sous Chef at Chesters in Henley Brook which was judged the best Tourism Restaurant City/Metro.
- The Gate Bar and Bistro won the FutureNow sponsored Outstanding Commitment to Workforce Development Award at the AHA – Aon Hotel and Hospitality Awards.The Gate Bar and Bistro are committed to producing great ambassadors for the hospitality industry through continued training and professional development. They have developed a tailor made induction and training program which allows new staff to feel more confident and comfortable in their new role. Other training and development programs include:
· CPCS- leadership development training
· Vocations Training Services
· Indian to Chief
· On the job training
The organisational culture focusses on team work and open communication maintaining a happy, healthy and productive workplace.
Sport, Recreation and Racing
- Jennifer Brown, Finalist at the 2014 WA Training Awards in the School-based Traineeship Category. Jennifer was a finalist in the WA Training Awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements through her Sport and Recreation school based traineeship.
- Royal Life Saving Society of WA - Winner of the Creating a Better Workforce Award at the 2014 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards. The Royal Life Saving Society of WA won the award as well as the Minister’s Award for Industry Excellence in recognition of their dedication to engaging and educating a range of at-risk target groups in water awareness and safety.
- Racing and Wagering WA recently took home the honour of being recognised as the Outstanding Employer of School Based Apprentices and Trainees at the 2013 Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Employer Excellence Awards. The award was judged not just on the total number of School Based Apprentices they employ, but also the number of completions, the number that remain employed and enrol in further qualifications and the number that remain in the racing industry. A big congratulations to Ron Fleming and his Industry Training Team at Racing and Wagering WA!
- Holly Johnson, Finalist at the 2013 WA Training Awards in the School-based Traineeship category. Holly was a finalist in the WA Training Awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements through her Sport and Recreation school based traineeship.
- SEDA, Finalist at the 2013 WA Training Awards in the WA VET in Schools Excellence Category. The SEDA Sports Recreation Development Program is an applied learning program that is student centred, anchored in industry and captures the interest of young people through their passion for sport and recreation, rather than their sporting prowess. This program is fully integrated and project driven, as students work with their teachers to design and deliver real programs in the community on behalf of the industry partners, whilst simultaneously meeting outcomes for the curriculum.
- Rob Raven, FutureNow Industry Champion. Rob was recommended to FutureNow and appears in the FutureNow Farrier Career Video to talk about his apprenticeship and demonstrate a day in the life of a farrier.
- Jo Azzopardi, FutureNow Industry Champion. Jo was recommended to FutureNow and appears in the FutureNow Jockey Career Video to talk about his apprenticeship and demonstrate a day in the life of a jockey.
Printing Industry - Scott Print
THE CHALLENGE: Staff Retention - A stable long-term workforce is key to Scott Print's business structure
THE SOLUTION: Directors John & Tim Scott take an active interest in staff members' interests and ambitions at all levels of their business. They listen and respond to staff member's areas of interest, developing bespoke in-house training and support structures to assist staff progress in their current roles or transition into new ones.
BOOSTING SKILLS: Scott Print supported employee Taysha Hadley to move from her original position in warehousing into a more senior role in Estimating and Outside Work. After five years working in a Junior Estimating role Taysha advised her managers she was ready to try a more customer-facing role in Accounts. With this broader experience base and knowledge of the the business Taysha is now undertaking a Certificate III in Process Manufacturing.
Scott Print Graphic Designer Danilo Bernini entered the business in the Digital Print division and quickly gained interest in Digital Presses. Scott Print subsequently provided Danilo various professional development opportunities in the area including a trip to the eastern states to attend an HP course in Xerox and Indigo press operation. Danilo now works as a Digital Press operator as well as in the Design department and is excelling in both roles.
LESSONS LEARNT: While some traditional small to medium business structures struggle with the concept of these kind of internal staff rotations (seeing only the short-term cost inputs without the benefits) Scott Print harnesses employees' ambitions, in turn improving long-term retention rates and staff motivation levels.
Information Technology & Telecommunications Industry
Visual Arts Industry
Performing Arts & Live Entertainment Industry
- Lyndon Vella, ICT Lecturer Challenger Institute, Fremantle. 2013 ICT Educator of the Year – WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAITTA’s). Lyndy’s outstanding contribution to VET delivery in WA was recognised with this prestigious award. Her innovative and collaborative approach to IT education continues to forge strong partnerships between training providers and local employers for the mutual benefit of local industry, IT students and graduates.
- Kamal Neupane, Telecommunications Trainee 2013 - 2014, Telstra, 2013 Finalist WA Trainee of the Year – WA Training Awards. Kamal’s two year traineeship includes an on-the-job placement with Telstra, as well as additional training at Ramsden Telecommunications Training. His traineeship will qualify him to work as a telecommunications technician or telecommunications trades-worker. Kamal’s dedication to his training and his capacity to show initiative and work with others has led to a job offer from Telstra as a network designer – a job he relishes and hopes to continue in upon completion of his traineeship.
- Australian Computer Society Foundation WA- ACS scholarship recipients:
- James Smith, 2012 ACSF scholar, interned and currently employed at Zetta
- Quinton Roydhouse, 2012 ACSF scholar, interned and currently employed at Zetta
- Dalibor Borkovic, 2013 ACSF scholar, student at Challenger Inst, interned at Bankwest
- Tim Black, 2013 ACSF scholar, student at Challenger Inst, interned at Two's Complement Computing
- Raul Avendano, 2013 ACSF scholar, student at Challenger Inst, interned at Bankwest
- Piotr Blaszkiewicz , 2013 ACSF scholar, student at Challenger Inst, interned at Bankwest
Visual Arts Industry
- Jacky Cheng, Visual Arts Lecturer, Kimberley Training Institute 2013 WA Trainer of the Year- WA Training Awards and 2013 National Trainer of the Year – Australian Training Awards. Jacky Cheng put her career as an architect on hold when she moved to Broome and took up a position as a visual arts trainer at the Kimberley Institute. Jacky delivers training right across the Kimberley – everywhere from small remote communities like Bidyadanga, to the Broome Regional Prison. Her students come from vaious backgrounds, with an array of life experience which has led Jacky to develop innovative training practices to meet each students’ individual needs while allowing them to get the best out of their training. Through her work in Bidyadanga Jacky has helped students establish a community arts centre – offering a certificate III in Arts Administration which helped them acquire the business skills they needed to successfully run the centre.
Performing Arts & Live Entertainment Industry
- Stephen Moore, Stage Management student at WAAPA, VocationalStudent of the Year- 2012 WA Training Awards. Stephen moved from Victoria to Perth to undertake his Advanced Diploma in Stage Management at WAAPA. While he found the move challenging he knew that his choice in WAAPA would offer him direct pathways into a theatrical career. Stephen is currently employed as a stage manager at Melbourne Theatre Company, where he works alongside some of Australia’s best actors, directors and designers.
- Terry Taplin, Screen & Media student 2013, Central Institute of Technology. 2013 Finalist WA Vocational Student of the Year – WA Training Awards. As a Screen & Media student at Central Institute of Technology Terry demonstrated his proactive approach to driving film projects and working as part of small creative teams to shoot, edit and produce new screen-based work. While studying, Terry wrote, directed and edited his own documentary which was one of four finalists for Best Documentary in the 2013 Armadale Independent Film Festival. Terry now runs his own production company, Revelation Pictures, in partnership with a fellow Central Institute graduate. So far this burgeoning company has completed work for clients such as ReachOut.com; Event Cinema Innaloo and Mandurah city council.
- Totally Sound, Bunbury, 2013 WA Small Business of the Year FINALIST – WA Training Awards.Totally Sound is a Bunbury based company specialising in staging and professional events. Their range of services include equipment hire, equipment servicing; sound installs; lighting installs and AV set-ups.The key to their success is ensuring highly trained and motivated staff – a goal they have achieved through a partnership with Central Institute of Technology, Perth and the Apprentice and Traineeship Company WA, which allowed them to develop a specially designed traineeship targeted to their business’s needs. Their programs allow trainees to become multi-skilled technicians through a combination of formal training sessions and on-the-job mentoring opportunities.Totally Sound’s commitment to their workforce and ongoing leadership in this field of workplace training positions them as a highly respected employer in the WA events and production industry.
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), 2013 WA Small Training Provider of the Year FINALIST- WA Training Awards. WAAPA at Edith Cowan University is one of the world’s leading performing arts academies and is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. WAAPA is a dual sector institution offering VET and higher education courses. Of WAAPA’s 1,200 students, approximately 500 are enrolled in VET qualifications. WAAPA offers a range of pathways into their courses, and their expansive industry links ensure graduates have direct entry into the arts industry.