Shap­ing em­ploy­ment and ca­reer path­ways through train­ing

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Grant But­ler has had quite a few “wins” at work over the years. This North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment Work­force Train­ing Co­or­di­na­tor has brought em­ploy­ers, and reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to­gether to help shape bet­ter em­ploy­ment and ca­reer path­way op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ees.

And in re­mote parts of the NT, the re­sult has seen well-paid work for lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal work­ers.

“I get a lot of sat­is­fac­tion out of this work,” Grant says.

Grant is based in Al­ice Springs and his “patch” runs from the Queens­land bor­der to the West­ern Aus­tralia bor­der and from Bar­row Creek to the South Aus­tralian bor­der.

Be­lieve it or not, that’s not the big­gest “work­place” for Work­force Train­ing Co­or­di­na­tors – that honor falls to Meg McGrath in the Barkly.

Grant, who works with the Depart­ment Trade, Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion, talks to em­ploy­ers about train­ing and re­lated needs and can con­nect them with the ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices.

“My role is to iden­tify the right type of skills that a busi­ness or em­ployer might need for their work­ers and con­nect them to the best ser­vices avail­able,” says Grant.

Last year, Grant helped ar­range train­ing for 27 lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal men to en­hance their skills to work on lo­cal civil con­struc­tion projects across the MacDon­nell re­gion.

“They trained in op­er­at­ing var­i­ous heavy ma­chin­ery, such as back­hoes, trac­tors, bob­cats and tip trucks and some of the Abo­rig­i­nal work­ers are now civil works su­per­vi­sors.”

Grant has also helped gain fund­ing for con­struc­tion work train­ing, which has led to lo­cal com­mu­nity peo­ple work­ing on home main­te­nance in Cen­tral Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties.

“I’m aim­ing for them to get work when the next round of con­tracts are awarded and I’m also hop­ing they can start ap­pren­tice­ships.

“We want lo­cal peo­ple to be able to carry out the work rather than rely on out­side con­trac­tors.”

Grant is es­pe­cially pleased that train­ing co­or­di­nated un­der the Abo­rig­i­nal Re­spon­sive Skilling Pro­gram has led to re­gional coun­cils em­ploy­ing more lo­cal peo­ple.

“Coun­cils now also have lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple work­ing through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tion and it’s great to walk into a coun­cil of­fice and be greeted by a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal per­son.”

Grant was part of the re­cent Depart­ment of Trade ,Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion Road­show held in Al­ice Springs where he worked along­side his depart­ment col­leagues to en­gage with busi­nesses in pro­mot­ing the depart­ment’s suite of avail­able ser­vices to sup­port them through the Start. Run. Grow. phases of their busi­ness cy­cle.

If you would like to dis­cuss train­ing op­tions for your busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion you can con­tact Grant on (08) 8951 3441.

Work­force Train­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Grant But­ler

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