The Australian Training Awards and the importance of VET

As a lot of you are already aware I attended the Australian Training Awards last week and was fortunate enough to named as the winner of the Leadership in VET Quality  for 2013.

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These awards really are a night of celebration for the Vocational Education and Training industry in Australia and the support shown by various Australian Governments over the last 20 years has been amazing, as has the work of the wonderful and equally amazing Training Awards team.  They do a stunning job each year and deserve as much congratulations as the winners and finalists.

There is something far more important than just a celebration going on here though, particularly for the Students (apprentices, trainee’s etc).  This night is something that both changes lives and puts a spotlight the quality of vocational education in this country.  If you have any doubt of the quality of training in this country and the fact that it is of such immense important to the students we interact with then you need to go and watch the videos on this page.  Real Stories Real Achievements.  It is also a shame that a lot of you won’t hear the stories straight from the mouths of last years winners of the changes in their lives that the awards and their qualifications have bought them;  from starting their own business and being and agribusiness ambassador to Argentina and Russia to packing up their bags straight after the awards to go to England and Europe to work in some of the biggest and best hairdressing salons in Europe.

Qualifications change lives, the work we do with our students, be they school based or mature aged makes a real difference, it allows them to do things and have careers that some of them would never have had access to without their qualifications and the support of their teachers and trainers and everyone else in the industry.

People whinge and moan about the state of the VET industry in this country, but if you want to see the state of the industry, the importance of it and how much of a difference it makes you have to look no further than the results of the Australian Training Awards.

Chief Learning Officer – LearningElite 2013

Chief Learning Officer Magazine today released the final results of its LearningElite Awards for 2013

So today I want to congratulate my team and all of the people involved in our securing a spot as one of the 45 finalists this year for a field of more than 200 organisations.  Here is the press release from CLO Magazine;

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UnitingCare Community Recognized as a LearningElite Organization

Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite and Editor’s Choice Awards Presented at Gala

Austin, Texas — UnitingCare Community was presented with a 2013 LearningElite award from Chief Learning Officer magazine at a gala dinner held at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. UnitingCare Community was ranked No. 41 in the competition from a field of more than 200 companies.

Developed under the guidance of chief learning officers and senior workforce development practitioners, the CLO LearningElite is the only peer-based benchmarking initiative in the industry. This pioneering program utilizes best practices in evaluation to objectively assess both the scope and the value of the learning and development services that companies provide. It recognizes excellence in five key L&D performance indicators: learning strategy, learning impact, leadership commitment, learning execution and business performance results.

“In our third year of benchmarking workforce learning and development practices, competition was intense. The organizations that achieved LearningElite status stood out as true innovators in enterprise education — noteworthy for their unswerving commitment to deploying elite L&D practices that deliver measurable business value,” said Sarah Kimmel, director of research and advisory services for the Human Capital Media Advisory Group, a component of the magazine’s publisher, MediaTec Publishing.

“The LearningElite’s incisive analysis yields solid data that validates the impact these organizations’ learning initiatives have on productivity, engagement, innovation and, ultimately, business results.”

“Chief Learning Officer is proud to recognize organizations such as UnitingCare Community that make learning and development a key part of their business strategy as well as their culture,“ said Norm Kamikow, president and editor in chief of MediaTec and its Human Capital Media Group. “This level of commitment is what enables enterprises to build and maintain high-performing workforces with the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills to carry out the company’s mission and achieve its goals.”

For more information about the LearningElite, visit CLOmedia.com/elite.

So we came in number 41 out of the field, which I think is fantastic, why, well, 18 months ago the organisation didn’t have a formal learning and development unit and we would not have been even able to articulate a response to the questions which form the basis of the awards.

What the organisation did have was a vision and a commitment, and this is something I am truly grateful for, almost absolute and unwavering faith in myself and my team.  In the 18 months since I cam on board and the team was formed we have moved forward in leaps and bounds and come a long, long way.  There is still a heap of work to be done however as we are not there yet, but we have the organisational commitment to Learning and a team of people who really are set to shine into the future.

So again I want to congratulate my team and most of all say thank.

You all deserve it.

Chief Learning Officer 2013 LearningElite Awards

Chief Learning Officer 2013 LearningElite Awards

Australian Training Awards and the LearnX Awards

So it is that time of year again

submissions have just opened for a number of Training and Learning awards in Australia.  First cab off the rank is the Queensland Training Awards for excellence in VET sector training.  The  awards are a fantastic experience and can lead  onto the Australian Training Awards for the winners of the state rounds.  In addition to this the National Focus Categories  of the Australian Training Awards are also open.

In addition to these the LearnX Foundation in conjunction with their LearnX Learning Innovations Conference have just released their awards categories for 2013 including ‘Learning Manager of the Year’ which was won last year by the wonderful and outstandingly talented Natalie Goldman.

So I would encourage everyone in the training industry in Australia to get involved, look at the categories and see what yo might like to take a swing at.  I think entering these competitions is a good way, if nothing else, of focussing yourself on the successes of the previous year as well as those things you perhaps didn’t go as well, and who knows you might even end up with some recognition.

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