2012 Training Award Winner

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Challenger Institute of Technology has been named Western Australia's best lar​ge training provider.

The Institute took out the top accolade at the prestigious WA Training Awards last night, celebrated at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Challenger Institute's Governing Council deputy chair Mike Deeks accepted the award on behalf of the Institute and said he had had the privilege of watching Challenger grow from strength to strength in recent years.

"The Institute has demonstrated creativity, excellence and innovation in not only its training delivery, but also in its staff development and internal processes and systems," Mr Deeks said.

"Challenger's corporate values of excellence, integrity, collaboration and sustainability are not just lip service - Challenger operates by these values at every level of the organisation and this is reflected in its very high performance in surveys of students and employers.

"Collaboration has also been vital to Challenger's progress. Its emphasis on corporate collaboration and industry partnerships, notably in the resources sector and in local government, health, engineering and construction, has strengthened the Institute's capacity to deliver training that specifically addresses the needs of business.

"As a result, Challenger's specialist schools are closely aligned to business needs, providing industry-relevant and learner-driven training; flexible and contemporary apprenticeship and traineeship delivery; and versatile workforce development."

Challenger Institute chief executive officer Liz Harris said the organisation's success was built on its solid investment in the right staff, relevant skills and leading technology and resources.

"We invest significantly in the development of staff and teams and we are committed to life-long learning," she said.

"Challenger delivers thousands of hours of internal and external professional development every year, resulting in staff satisfaction levels that are above the state average.

"The Institute also invests generously in information and communication technologies infrastructure to enhance internal systems and learning technologies.

"In recent years Challenger has greatly strengthened its capacity to provide flexible 'anywhere, anytime' training for industry and the community through leading ICT projects."

Ms Harris said winning the WA Large Training Provider of the Year Award, as well as a WA Premier's Award last year, was testament to Challenger's mission to provide every student with a pathway to a better future.

The annual WA Training Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of training organisations, as well as apprentices, trainees and vocational students.

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