AT the prestigious 2007 Australian Training Awards, TAFE NSW Western Institute was named the Australian Large Training Provider of the Year.
The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training, recognising innovation and excellence in the training sector and the Institute was competing with leading training providers from every state and territory in the country.
Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell said, “This award acknowledges TAFE staff throughout central and western NSW for their outstanding performance in training delivery and acknowledges the outcomes of our training partnerships with business and industry throughout the region.
“We have implemented a range of successful initiatives to increase training in skill shortage areas and to address issues affecting the local area including sustainability.”
Reaching some of Australia’s most remote communities, Western Institute services an area covering 60% of NSW with 24 campuses and over 60 associated centres had 34,265 student enrolments including 2257 apprentices and 1406 trainees.
Mr Mitchell also said that the Institute is one of the largest providers of vocational education to Aboriginal people with more than Aboriginal students comprising 15% of its enrolments.
Two other awards were presented to students from the Institute. Shilo Barker from Dubbo was named the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Tania Roberts from Broken Hill and was the Runner-up for Vocational Student of the Year.