2016 NSW Training Awards


The NSW department of Industry State Training Awards were held on September 8th 2016 in Sydney.

METL was selected as a finalist in the 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.

METL must now undergo further scrutiny and selection processes for a chance at Australian Employer of the Year.

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