Medium Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Charles Darwin University.

Winner: Hastings Deering

Hastings Deering has been operating in the NT for 69 years, has 114 local employees and 26 contractors with business centres in Darwin, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy. The company specialises in sale of Caterpillar equipment, and parts and service support.

Hastings Deering has its own registered training organisation and has developed training packages tailored to specific areas of the business, always striving to be on the cutting-edge and ensuring the safety of its people.

The company believes much of its financial success in the NT is directly attributable to its training, safety and after sales expertise of its staff.

Runner up: HiQA

HiQA has 26 staff and has traded for nine years specialising in geotechnical testing for the mining, construction and defence industries. The company developed its own bespoke program to recruit and train local people for the testing profession to counter the skill shortage challenges faced by the business.

The firm’s training program centres on meeting customer expectations and includes qualifications in laboratory work, civil construction and leadership and management. HiQA has 12 technicians engaged in either a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or a Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

HiQA knows VET is the key to ensuring ongoing productivity and without it, is at risk of not being the geotechnical-testing laboratory of preferred choice.

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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