Chairperson’s Reports

2017

Chairperson: Peter Wynn

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2016

Chairperson: Shaun O’Sullivan

2015

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2013-2014

Chairperson: Patricia Walls

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2012-2013

Chairperson: Tim Coates

The group has been in existence now since 2007 at which time a steering committee was formed to take forward a concept to grow the awareness and professionalism of an under-rated service and industry. It was also to assist in the growth of the New England Area training awards

The Training Awards over the past 6 years have seen continued growth from an event that attracted approximately 100 people to an event last year that saw 450 plus attend.

It is has been through the hard work of that sub-committee with the support from GNSDG and its sponsors that this has eventuated. The recognition of the efforts of all enrolled persons in training at all levels is extremely important; the Awards are the vehicle to formally acknowledge those with outstanding results. It should be noted that Jessica Taggart won her category at the State Awards and then continued on to achieve 2nd place Nationally.

The past 6 years have seen an incorporated body form; sponsors attracted; members added and awareness increased.

The current membership stands at over 120 and we have held 3 professional development opportunities in the past year with attendance by Industry experts, ISC??s, ITAB??s and associated trade. The events have been held around the region.

We also auspiced the Greater Northern Trainer and Assessor network, another strategy to increase professionalism of service delivery to the end user, this has also seen some professional workshops held with more to come.

We have been very fortunate that Tamworth Regional Council came on board as a sponsor and remained supporters this year. We thank and acknowledge the contribution made. It is a positive reflection on Tamworth regional council that they saw Training and the associated industry as worthy of support and also a positive contributor to their own business success.

I also extend my thanks to a wonderful committee and acknowledge their great work, in particular Karly Brogan; Greg Poetschka and Bede Maher, but in fact all have contributed above and beyond.

2011

The path to today began over 5 years ago on March 9th 2007. This was the date that a steering committee was formed to take forward a concept to grow the awareness and professionalism of an under-rated service and industry. It was also to assist in the growth of the New England Area training awards.

The Training Awards over the past 5 years have seen continued growth from an event that attracted approximately 100 people to an event last year that saw 450 plus attend. It has been through the hard work of that sub-committee with the support from GNSDG and its sponsors that this has eventuated. The recognition of the efforts of all enrolled persons in training at all levels is extremely important; the Awards are the vehicle to formally acknowledge those with outstanding results.

The past 5 years have seen an incorporated body form; sponsors attracted; members added and awareness increased.

The current membership stands at over 120; we have held 3 professional development opportunities in the past year with attendance by Industry experts, ISC’s, ITAB’s and associated trade. The events have been held around the region in Narrabri, Tamworth and Glen Innes.

We have also auspiced the Greater Northern Trainer and Assessor network, another strategy to increase professionalism of service delivery to the end user, this has also seen some professional workshops held with more to come.

We have been very fortunate that ANZ Bank came on board as one of the initial sponsors and have remained staunch supporters until this year. We thank and acknowledge the contribution made. It is a positive reflection on this company that they saw Training and the associated industry as worthy of support and also a positive contributor to their own business success. It is with much pleasure we now welcome on board as our new Gold Sponsor, Tamworth Regional Council.

I also extend my thanks to a wonderful committee and acknowledge their great work, in particular Karly Brogan; Greg Poetschka and Bede Maher, but in fact all have contributed above and beyond.

2010

As many of you will know the path to today began over three years ago, March 9th 2007. This was the date that a steering committee was formed to take forward a concept to increase the awareness and professionalism of an under-rated service and industry. It was also to assist in the growth of the New England Area training awards.

The Training Awards are the ‘jewel in the crown’; the past four years have seen continued growth from an event that attracted approximately 100 people to 532 last year. It has been through the hard work of that sub-committee, led capably by Peter Rickard, and the support from GNSDG and its sponsors that this has eventuated. The recognition of the efforts of all enrolled persons in training at all levels is extremely important; the Awards are the vehicle to formally acknowledge those with outstanding results.

The past three years have seen an incorporated body form; sponsors attracted; members added and awareness increased. The drivers behind this were the interim steering committee chaired by Brian Jones and then the current committee I have had the pleasure to work with over the past twelve months. The current membership stands at over 120, an increase of 50 in the past year.

It has indeed been a journey of interest. We have been very fortunate that both Country Energy and ANZ Bank came on board and have remained staunch supporters. It is a positive reflection on both of these companies that they see Training and the associated industry as worthy of support and also a positive contributor to their own business success. It is with much pleasure that I personally thank both Matt Patterson and Bruce McQualter for the support they have freely given. The training awards launches in both 2009 and 2010 have both seen wide ranging media coverage. The launch in 2010 was held at Country Energy’s Tamworth site, with a number of special guests including past winners.

The vehicle is in motion and thanks must be extended to the professional staff at Country Connect and Centreboard Media.

The latest development is a Trainer and Assessor network; this is being driven by Pat Foley and a small dynamic team. The year in review also has seen our organisation support the World Skills competition, another great avenue to showcase regional talent.

Every expense needed support and we were fortunate enough to have Joblink Plus; Jobs Australia and Best Employment join our sponsors specifically to assist with our communications strategy. We would thank them for the faith they have shown in a new entity and assure them that we appreciate the support given so freely.

In closing I would like to extend my sincere thanks to a wonderful committee. It is through their efficient efforts and professionalism that a range of activities have been implemented in line with GNSDG Inc’s Strategic Plan. Successful workshops have been held throughout the North West region providing stakeholders with the opportunity to network and keep abreast of all things happening in the vocation and training field.

The opportunity to be closely aligned with a media expert has enabled GNSDG Inc to increase media promotions and provide regular good news stories about training opportunities. Many people are doing fantastic work in the VET sector and GNSDG Inc supports, encourages and recognises people for that effort.

I have enjoyed the journey and wish those taking the reins next year every success.

Yours in Education and remember The job starts here.

 

2009

Prior to 2007, the New England and North West Training Awards committee was one of many committees operating to provide information, and service the needs of stakeholders in Vocational Education and Training.

In the early days, the New England and North West Training Awards Committee conducted a number of presentation events without any sponsorship. Over the years, sponsorship emerged and then increased, but by 2007 members of the committee felt it was time to have a more formalised arrangement with sponsors.

A meeting was conducted on 9 March 2007 at the State Training Services Tamworth office, attended by representatives of the stakeholders to discuss forming an incorporated association which would condense the number of committees and formalise sponsorship arrangements for the training awards. David Butcher Training Co-ordinator at North Coast State Training Centre was invited to speak at the meeting about the experiences of a similar organisation, NETPAC Inc., operating on the North Coast of NSW.

Subsequently, a motion was carried for an interim committee to be formed to establish an incorporated association to service the New England and North West region. The interim committee consisted of Peter Rickard, Charles Impey, Sue Dennis, Tim Coates, Eleze Drew, Greg Poetschka and Brian Jones.

Today we have an incorporated association named Greater Northern Skills Development Group Inc.

The interim committee has already entered in to sponsorship agreement with Country Energy and ANZ as major sponsors of the Greater Northern Skills Development Inc., and the Regional Training Awards. The interim committee has also endorsed a strategic plan for the association which has the following objectives:

Promote skills development and training

  • Support industry and the community
  • Develop communication strategies