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New GTA Life Members Announced

19-Dec-2014 Three of group training’s outstanding and long-serving practitioners were honoured with Life Membership at the 2014 Group Training National Conference.

“Life membership is the highest honour that group training can bestow on an individual,” Acting Chair, Michael Bennett told delegates.

“It recognises those who have demonstrated considerable leadership, as well as made a substantial contribution to the profile and performance of group training in Australia.”

The newest Life Members join a distinguished group of men and women who have been instrumental in the development of group training.

Kelvin Humphries, CEO of Statewide Group Training, South Australia.
Kelvin started at Statewide in 1998, and effectively rebuilt the organisation from the ground up to a point where it has doubled its size to nine regional offices in the state.

“Kelvin is truly one of the genuine characters of group training,” Bennett said. “He is also one of its mainstays. He’s kept going in the face of huge challenges and is the reason why so many in South Australia value group training.”

Barry Dawson, General Manager of NECA Group Training, NSW.
Barry has had a host of prestigious positions in the electrical industry.A former electrical apprentice, Barry now heads the largest electrical and plumbing contracting service company in NSW.

“Barry’s value to every organisation he has been involved with is evident by the high reputation and sound financial basis that these companies have achieved as a result of his involvement,” Bennet said.

Dave Handyside, General Manager, Apprenticeships Queensland.
Bennett said that Dave’s sound knowledge of the training sector and, in particular, the group training model has secured a bright future for Apprenticeships Queensland.

“Life membership is certainly a fitting way of recognising Dave’s 25 years of service to the group training industry,” he said.

Handyside summed up what drives so many who reach the top in the group training sector.

“I’m often asked, ‘Why do you do it?’”.
“When I see one of our apprentices walk out the door with a certificate and the chance of a career for life, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”