The Australian Training Awards are held annually, and recognise individuals, businesses and registered training organisations (RTO) for their contribution to skilling Australia through vocational education and training (VET).
Having competed at a national level, Probuild NT is proud to announce that they won the Australian Training Award for Medium Employer of the Year 2016. This independent award recognises Probuild NT’s commitment to Buy Local and their leadership in developing the community.
Thinking creatively and innovatively to deliver tailored training programs for individuals that are under-represented in employment, education and training, requires collaboration and the formation of strong partnerships, bringing together a number of organisations.
Working in consultation with employees, labour hire organisations, Community Development Program (CDP) providers, and the local community, Probuild NT devised flexible solutions to address the challenges faced.
Fly-in the RTO
Probuild NT wanted to provide people living in remote communities, where they were actively undertaking projects, the opportunity to participate in training to assist them in gaining permanent jobs in the community after project completion.
One challenge faced in some remote communities, is the lack of registered training organisations, so whilst it is possible to provide training, it can be a bit more difficult to have that training assessed and recognised.
Probuild NT delivers the onsite training, and when workers are ready for their assessments, the RTO is flown into the community to conduct the assessments onsite.
Support Long Term Employment
In many remote communities, people are employed just for the short-term. Once the project has finished and the contractor moves on, the individuals don’t enjoying any ongoing employment benefits. Probuild NT takes the opposite approach.
Before establishing a training program, Probuild NT consults with relevant stakeholders (CDP, labour hire organisations, employees etc.) to create package that will benefit the employees in the long run.
Probuild NT measures the success of training outcomes by the long-term benefit it provides for example, if the training assisted in getting trainees ‘job-ready’ or helped them gain permanent employment.
Bring the Classroom to the Trainee
For the Northern Territory Open Education Centre project, Probuild NT engaged IE Projects and Batchelor College to facilitate two, 12 week onsite training programs. They installed a dedicated demountable classroom, which facilitated classroom learning for over 25 trainees. This enabled the trainees to work onsite for half the day, and spend the other half in the classroom, learning.
Some of the trainees where employed by other organisations, the reminder employed by Probuild NT, with three engaged in apprenticeships.
Originally established in Alice Springs as a family run business 23 years ago, Probuild NT is cementing its place as an industry leader, with projects now spanning the Territory. This independent award recognises Probuild NT’s leadership in developing the community, leading the way in community engagement by supporting, and providing opportunities for Territorians.
“Winning last week’s category Medium Employer of the Year Award from the Australian Training Awards is not only recognition of the contribution we have made to so many traineeships, but also acknowledges the dedication with 100% successful outcomes for all the trainees.” says Operations Manager, Mick Betteridge.
“Probuild NT is strongly focused on developing the community with trust in partnerships, and this journey has certainly helped us achieve this goal.”
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