Western Health has been selected as one of three finalists in this year's Victorian Training Award's prestigious Employer of the Year category, which recognises excellence in providing nationally recognised training to employees.
This is the first time a health service has been shortlisted for this state award.
Western Health's submission focused on the range of nationally accredited qualifications and short courses provided to its 6500 employees via the Western Health Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the innovative programs and tools developed to deliver these qualifications and the successful partnerships with Victoria University & SWC Training.
Western Health's Accredited and Workforce RTO Manager, Annette de Jager, said being selected as one of the finalists for the Employer of the Year recognised Western Health's commitment to providing staff with the highest standard of training.
"Western Health has created development opportunities for all staff to access," Annette said.
"A key strategy has been to deliver customised, flexible and accessible training for all staff via the Western Heath RTO.
"We successfully continue to provide staff with training that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to perform their role competently, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
"We have a strong focus on our staff at Western Health and training enables our people to develop and progress in their careers."
Between 2010 to date, over 45% of Western Health staff have enrolled in a program via the Western Health RTO.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, congratulated the 46 individuals and organisations from across the TAFE and training system who are finalists in this year's Victorian Training Awards.
"The Victorian Training Awards celebrate the best and brightest from across our TAFE and training sector," he said.
"Each of the finalists demonstrates how quality training is supporting people from across our state to develop the skills they need for the job they want.
"I congratulate all finalists on their achievement and I look forward to meeting them at the awards event during National Skills Week."
The awards will be presented at the Victorian Training Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 28 August 2015 at the Crown Casino Palladium in Melbourne.