Outback Stores encouraging Territorians in training excellence

Outback Stores understands the benefits of entering the NT Training Awards.

The not-for-profit company was the runner-up Medium Employer of the Year at last year’s awards.

Outback Stores Training and Engagement Manager Adam Wells says the success ‘significantly helped’ in raising awareness of the business.

“Since being recognised, we have received great support and engagement through social media channels from the public and within industry on how we work with and support Aboriginal people on their learning journey and ultimately a career path.”

He urges Territorians to enter the awards this year.

“The benefits from the application through to the awards ceremony have been really positive.

“It’s been a great chance to learn more about ourselves as well as networking and learning from other successful students and organisations.”

Nominations, which are open to companies, trainers, trainees and apprentices, close at 5pm on 26 May 2019.

The NT Training Awards are run by the Territory Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

There are 13 categories.

Individual categories are:

  • Trainee of the Year
  • Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • VET in Schools Student of the Year
  • VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year
  • International Vocational Student of the Year.

Organisation categories are :

  • Training Provider of the Year
  • Industry Collaboration Award
  • Small Employer of the Year
  • Medium Employer of the Year
  • Large Employer of the Year.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards night at the Darwin Convention Centre on 21 September 2019.

Tickets will go on sale mid-July.

For more information, read NT Training Awards.

Outback Stores aim to make a positive difference in the health, employment and economy of remote Aboriginal communities through their sustainable retail stores.

The company supports 37 Aboriginal-owned stores in the Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

“As a registered training organisation, we pride ourselves on consistently high standard of delivery in a complex and challenging environment,” says Mr Wells.

Eligible store staff and managers can take a Certificate I, II, III and IV in Retail with 65% of Aboriginal staff studying for some form of retail certificate.

“By providing formal training for employees we will continue to improve capability, grow Aboriginal jobs, improve the economic environment in remote communities and further develop a diverse cross-cultural workplace culture that delivers on our mission.

“Over 10 years we have ingrained a culture where formal training and development is the stepping stone to building a successful career.

“Skills that our trainees develop through obtaining qualifications are not only retail specific but are also transferable to others, supporting Aboriginal people building strong careers and futures in their chosen career path.

Three employees of Outback Stores

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