The 2019 Australian Training Awards held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last night announced SuniTAFE as the winner of Australia’s Large Training Provider of the Year award.

"The manner in which SuniTAFE staff have served the students and businesses in this region is now a national award-winning model, reinforcing our belief in how training should be delivered in regional Australia"
said Geoff Dea, SuniTAFE CEO.

“SuniTAFE is incredibly honoured for the recognition, particularly considering the calibre of fellow finalists in Charles Darwin University and Canberra Institute of Technology, both having achieved thehighest of standards and we congratulate them in being among the top three training providers in the country” said Mr Dea.

The Award culminates a year of high effort and achievement for SuniTAFE across its campuses in Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale and Horsham. Following an exhaustive internalreview in 2018, at their own initiative and leading to the development of their 5-year Strategic Plan, SuniTAFE have experienced significant growth and change in all aspects of their operations and culture. A particular focus on staff, student and employee satisfaction has resulted in an unprecedented increase of over 45% in Government funded commencements between 2018 and 2019.

“This award is proof that we have an incredibly committed team of staff working with us across all campuses”
said Mr Dea.

“Together we are completely invested in bringing about the best possible outcomes for the Sunraysia community. Throughout this whole year, the professionalism, cooperation and passion they have shown has been inspiring”.

Winning this award provides a boost of certainty for the whole community. SuniTAFE has responded to regional demands that predict a spiked increase of skilled labour requirements in a number of key industries including Horticulture; Health Services; and Transport and Logistics.

Pivotal to their success has been the formation of industry partnerships and collaborations. Other initiatives, such as the Skills and Job Centre, Business Advisory Boards and Client Engagement Officers have ensured that both, students’ employment goals and industry’s skills requirements are met.

“The region’s industry leaders and businesses have contributed to our vision, and the role they have played in our programs has been crucial”
explained Mr Dea.

“Through listening to them we know our patch and understand where the workforce opportunities are, so we can adapt accordingly to meet demand”. The partnership programs with industry provide students with sector expertise and the most current training available. Students also have access to an extensive network of resources, the latest technologies and pathways to higher education through collaboration with Universities and other TAFEs, on-campus partner organisations, local government, community bodies and environmental groups.

As incredibly proud as SuniTAFE is with this recognition, they will remain focused on delivering the best possible training for the region. For further information and interviews contact:

Geoff Dea, CEO