Kwinana Industries Council wins state training award


Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey presents the State training award to Kwinana Industry Council director Chris Oughton.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey presents the State training award to Kwinana Industry Council director Chris Oughton.

THE Kwinana Industries Council won a State training award for its education development program, which has “transformed the lives of participants” at the 2016 WA Training Awards.

It received the WA Industry Collaboration Award, sponsored by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The KIC program was established in 2011 to involve local industry employers and businesses, high schools and training providers.

Department Director General Ruth Shean said the program aimed to inspire students and expand their career aspirations, developing their “work ready” capacity to meet employer requirements.

“The awards’ judges believe the program has transformed the lives of participants by taking a proactive approach to addressing unemployment among young people,” Dr Shean said.

KIC director Chris Oughton said the program was about industry working with community to show local high school students that they could aspire to careers in big industry.

“This award is a great endorsement of the work we have been doing with all 20 of the high schools in our region and of the commitment KIC member companies have made to introduce students in our community to the vast range of careers industry has to offer them,” he said.

The State award follows the program receiving international recognition when it won the youth employability skills category in the biennial Global Best Awards in Norway.

“We have cautiously grown the program over the past four years and now it has received State and international recognition for its excellence,” he said.

“We designed the program to be held up as a model for others to consider implementing in their own communities, and we are happy to help with this.”

Rockingham Senior High School principal Kerry Chipchase said the program was a wonderful example of schools working in their local communities with business and industry support, to encourage student aspirations, extend their knowledge and skills and provide career experiences.

“On behalf of the principals, I would like to sincerely thank all of our industry partners, for their collaboration and commitment in offering innovative educational opportunities for the staff and students in our schools.”