Challenger Institute crowned Australia's best

Friday, 16 November 2012

Challenger Institute of Technology is Australia's best large training provider.

The Institute took out the nation's top training accolade at the prestigious Australian Training Awa​rds in Melbourne.

Challenger Institute chief executive officer Liz Harris said it was an honour to be recognised at the highest level of vocational education and training.

"Challenger Institute is very proud to be acknowledged with this award, which is recognition of our commitment to high quality training, continuous improvement as an organisation and of the passion and dedication of our staff," Ms Harris said.

"Challenger's purpose is to provide a pathway to a better future for everyone, and we are passionate about helping people – in particular disadvantaged groups – learn new skills and improve their employment prospects.

"We are also highly aligned to industry needs and we work closely with more than 300 community and business partners, including in oil and gas, health, maritime, hospitality and construction, to build a skilled and productive workforce and to fill labour shortages."

Challenger Institute became a finalist in the Australian Training Awards after winning WA Large Training Provider of the Year at the WA Training Awards in September.

The Institute beat two other finalists – TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and Queensland's Blue Dog Training – to take out the top national award.

Challenger Institute's Governing Council chair Paddi Creevey said Challenger's flexibility, responsiveness and social inclusiveness helped make it a leader nationally.

"This award is a great coup for Western Australia; we have the best training in Australia right here on our doorstep," she said.

"Challenger is already the preferred training provider of more than 23,000 students, both local and international students," she said. "And now it is official that we are the best."

In the past year, Challenger Institute has won a number of significant awards, including a Western Australian Premier's Award and recently a fifth Gold Plate Award, which will see the Institute enter the Gold Plate Awards Hall of Fame.

This week it took out top honours at the WA Tourism Awards, winning both the Tourism Education and Training Award and the prestigious Sir David Brand Award for Tourism – which is presented to the best of the gold medallists.

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

The Large Training Provider of the Year award is presented to an Australian registered training organisation with more than 1,500 enrolled students.

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