Small Employer of the Year

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Winner: Arafura Tree Services

Arafura Tree Services is committed to local recruitment and the training of professional arborists.

When the company first established in Darwin there were few qualified arborists and no local training programs. Arafura Tree Services engaged an intestate arboreal registered training organisation (RTO) to provide nationally recognised training in Darwin and in 2010, 12 trainees completed a Certificate III in Arboriculture. In 2012, five staff completed their training and four in 2013. In addition, two staff completed Certificate IV in Arboriculture.

Investing in professional qualifications and training has resulted in strong staff retention, a motivated workplace culture and professional pride in the industry in the NT.

ATS developed an Indigenous Employment Strategy in 2012 and has developed a strong relationship with Aboriginal employment brokers in the Darwin region. As a result of these networks and relationships, ATS has successfully recruited and retained Aboriginal staff members who are great assets to the company. One employee was the first Aboriginal apprentice to undertake the inaugural Certificate III in Arboriculture through CDU.

ATS is committed to providing training at a local level and was actively involved in advocating for the delivery of the Certificate III Arboriculture training program at CDU specific to the local needs of the NT. The first intake for this course commenced in February 2014.

Runner up: Micks Ally Fab

Last updated: 18 October 2019

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