Training Provider of the Year

Winner: Batchelor Institute

Batchelor Institute is the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary provider in Australia. It has two main campuses in Batchelor and Alice Springs, four regional annexes, and a number of community-based learning centres.

Current enrolment is 1,168, and it has a staff of 412 - 148 of whom are Aboriginal - delivering 44 qualifications. In 2015, 710 Aboriginal students completed a certificate or diploma-level qualification. Of these, 69% remote and very remote locations.

The institute’s footprint has expanded across Australia and into Timor-Leste, where the institute is supporting the NT Department of Education in an English language program. Batchelor Institute focuses on education and training under a ‘both-ways’ philosophy, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and learning are used to explore a Western learning paradigm.

This approach means graduates leave with improved skills, greater leadership qualities, problem-solving ability and with their cultural identity strong.

Runner up: BCA National Training Group

Since 1999, BCA National has run training across Australia, with offices in Darwin and Sydney. The Darwin office was established in August 2011 with one staff member. Today, it has 12 employees and delivers 36 qualifications to 537 students. It delivers training in education and childcare, accountancy, community and social work, aged care and leadership and management across all certificate and diploma levels. Small class sizes of 8 to 15 ensure each student gets sufficient one-on-one time with their trainer.

BCA National’s recently refurbished campus in Parap has modern classrooms and breakout areas. But it also delivers training in regional, rural and remote locations across the NT through face-to-face and blended learning methodologies.

The company recently invested more than $500,000 in a blended eLearning model to offer more flexible learning options to students, including online learning and face-to-face classes held at regular intervals at its regional hubs.

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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