Shaping employment and career pathways through training
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