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METL wins awards from NSW to WA

04-Nov-2016

METL was selected as a finalist in the NSW Department of Industry State Training Awards, Medium Employer of the Year category, open to organisations employing less than 40 people.

METL Group Training Officer Hannan El-Kabbout has a solid background in apprenticeships and traineeships and played a key role in METL’s progression through to the finals. “It is an intensive process”, reports Hannan.  “The initial application is a 13-page document, which required us to provide detailed responses to key questions on our operation, innovative practices, quality of training and demonstrated outcomes. Having been successful in that, we then faced the panel of judges – noted experts in the field of vocational education and training. We had to deliver a full presentation of our background and activities, and respond to questions from the panel. That went pretty well, so we were selected as one of three finalists”.

METL CEO, Simon Earle, paid tribute to the team for their commitment throughout the year. “Obviously it’s a great honour to be selected as a finalist and it’s recognition for all the staff; Ruth in Admin, Kevin at the front line with the Trainees, Hannan managing the broad GTO function and Kathie overseeing the operation. They’ve done things which really set us apart.”

This year, there were over 800 applications and nominations across a range of categories including Apprentice of the Year, VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year and two categories for Employer of the Year With the large number of applications, METL was proud to have made it this far.
Following great suspense at the Award ceremony, METL was announced as the winner: NSW Medium Employer of the Year.

METL CEO Simon Earle displaying the newly-earned award
 “This is testament to what can be achieved with genuine industry collaboration. We work with employers, we work with the union, we are on the Maritime Industry reference Committee. We have built great relationships with the RTOs and the regulator and so we have been able to link all the stakeholders and components needed to deliver real training and employment outcomes” concludes Simon Earle.

At the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Training Awards in Perth METL was successful in getting two finalists through in the Trainee of the Year category; Nathan Bartlett (who was unable to attend the awards ceremony) and Blake Sayer. While both reside in other states, they were eligible finalists, having completed their off-the-job training at Challenger TAFE in Fremantle, WA.  This was highlighted as a positive during the awards, with a WA training provider attracting quality candidates from interstate.

METL is extremely proud of this achievement, and with the odds in our favour, the Award for Trainee of the Year went to Blake Sayer. Blake will now go on to represent WA (and METL) at the National Awards in November.

Blake said of the award, “I’m stoked. I can’t thank METL enough for this opportunity and I really hope to use this to build my career in the maritime industry.” Blake is currently enrolled in his Deckwatchkeeper Understudy and hopes one day to become a Master Class 1.

Jillian Dielesen, CEO of the Logistics Training Council in WA, the peak advisory body for skills development and training in Transport and Logistics, and Chair Cathi Payne, were equally excited. “This is the first time we’ve had a maritime trainee win the award,” noted Jillian Dilesen, “and to have two in the finals showcases our commitment to industry training here in WA.”

Operations Officer, Kevin Hunt, who holds responsibility for the recruitment and mentoring of METL TIRs reflected on the awards, stating, “This highlights METL’s quality processes and the quality of our Trainees. Given the opportunity, I know both of these young men will make solid contributions to the industry.”

METL congratulates both Nathan and Blake on their achievement.