North Regional TAFE, McDonalds Karratha claim training awards

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
McDonalds Karratha training supervisor Arlene Salarda and owner Clayton McIntosh.
Camera IconMcDonalds Karratha training supervisor Arlene Salarda and owner Clayton McIntosh. Credit: WA Training Awards/WA Training Awards

An education institution serving the north-west and a fast-food outlet based in Karratha took home top honours from the 2019 WA Training Awards last month.

North Regional TAFE earned the title of large training provider of the year, while McDonald’s Karratha was named medium employer of the year.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said training was key to supporting the growth and diversification of WA’s economy.

“This Government is working to ensure we stay ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future,” she said.

“The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills.”

NR TAFE managing director Kevin Doig attributed the college’s win to its renewed focus on the student experience, which had been collectively adopted by staff.

“By improving our facilities and focusing our systems on student engagement, we have seen very pleasing results,” he said.

“The dedication of staff members at every part of the organisation to the task at hand has been outstanding, at the end of the day that dedication is truly what wins awards.”

McDonald’s Karratha owner Clayton McIntosh said the outlet used to lose a lot of staff to the mining sector.

“We started to focus on training through the WA apprenticeship scheme,” he said.

“We’ve put at least 41 people through traineeships over the last two years which has really created the culture we now have.”

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