Tasmanian Training Awards success for MEGT
- Published on Monday 31 August, 2015
- 3 min. read
MEGT Institute came out a double winner at the Tasmanian Training Awards on Friday night, scooping the awards for Small Training Provider of the Year and for Industry Collaboration in conjunction with Clennett’s Mitre 10 and Whitelion.
The Small Training Provider award recognises organisations leading practice in the VET sector. Our team has been exploring creative ways of widening the accessibility and delivery of training, and has focused on students who may not usually access VET. This has resulted in initiatives such as the Skills Potential Program (in partnership with industry) which is aimed at students with intellectual disabilities, and the Clubhouse Skills Program (in partnership with Eureka Clubhouse) a tailored program for people who have experienced mental health issues.
MEGT Institute’s overarching aim is to provide community focused education and training directly linked to employment and career pathways. Projects, such as those recognised in the awards, make a real difference and drive us to continue developing new ways to engage students with education.
The Industry Collaboration category celebrates projects where two or more organisations have joined forces to great effect. The winning project is a collaboration driven by Clennett’s Mitre 10 with Whitelion and MEGT Institute.
The partnership was established to provide meaningful long-term employment opportunities via Certificate II in Retail traineeships to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the community and is a great on-going success.
Top trainers Nicole Gayewski and Sarah Burnett from Small Training Organisation of the Year MEGT Institute with Edwina Lester and Gail Eaton-Briggs from Large Training Organisation of the Year TasTAFE.
Right: Ken Pierce and Michelle Howells of Clennett’s Mitre 10 with MEGT Institute- winners of the Industry Collaboration Award.
The program has now taken on its fifth trainee with the first trainees having gone on to win internal awards, customer accolades and promotion within Clennett’s Mitre 10. MEGT’s involvement with Clennett’s Mitre 10 evolved to include the development of a full retail training program and career pathway that provides appropriate training to develop employee skills throughout their career.
Winning these categories enters MEGT into the national Australian Training Awards to be announced in November.
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