Last Friday, we were named VET Provider of the Year at the Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) Awards for Excellence.
The award recognised BCA National’s commitment to social inclusion, its employment outcomes, its high level of student support and employer engagement, all incorporated into a blended delivery model to suit learner needs.
It also recognised the training company’s achievements in delivering programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with student retention and completion rates much higher than the industry average.
Managing Director Bruce Callaghan said this was a very big award and one which has taken the organisation to new heights.
“We have been delivering training in business, community services, education, governance and other accredited programs for over 20 years, with the completion rates of many recent programs averaging 90 per cent,” Bruce said.
“We are particularly proud of the quality of work we’ve done within the aged care and community services sectors, the relationships we’ve cultivated with remote and Aboriginal communities who are looking to improve employment opportunities, the opening of our Darwin office, our VET FEE-HELP provider status as well as the partnerships developed with industry.
“This award is certification from a major authority in vocational education and training in Australia saying we are as good as it gets. It is a lot to live up to but it is a major stamp of approval in industry terms.”
ACPET CEO Claire Field commended all the finalists for representing the highest calibre of independent education and training providers across the tertiary sector.
“The awards, which have been judged by panels of independent and eminent experts from across the country, celebrate the achievements of organisations, practitioners and students for the work that is undertaken across the independent tertiary education industry,” Claire said.
Bruce added the awards highlighted the VET sector’s contribution to the country flexibly meeting employment demand, evidenced by low unemployment and a burgeoning mining and industrial sector.
“People can and do upgrade their skills and opportunities through flexible learning, with 1.7 million students each year enrolling in publicly funded VET courses and up to 1.2 million enrolled in fee-for-service training,” Bruce said.
“Professionals are using VET to update their knowledge and skills, and niches of disadvantage such as Indigenous learning are being addressed.”
BCA National continues its commitment to working closely with industry and government to provide real skills and a flexible workforce, and has recently been appointed to a number of panels to provide capacity-building consultancy services to industry.
These include the National Disability Services’ Good Governance Program Panel of Experts, and theEmployment Panel and Economic Development & Business Support Panel of the Department of Employment, Education & Workplace Relations’ Indigenous Employment Program.
For more information on how your organisation or community can partner with us to develop programs that offer long-term, sustainable employment and economic outcomes for job seekers, existing workers and communities, please contact Emily Boxhall on 1300 69 35 65.
Top picture: The VET Provider of the Year trophy.
Above: (from left) ACPET NSW Executive Officer Catherine Kearney,
BCA National's National Operations Manager Angela Abbott, Managing Director Bruce Callaghan,
Training Coordinator Jef McGlashan and NSW Training Manager Mariam Fabia.