Friday, November 27th, 2009
Challenger TAFE has partnered with the City of Cockburn to deliver on-site management training as part of an innovative workplace training initiative.

The initiative has seen 30 City of Cockburn employees increase their workplace skills by completing certificates and diplomas in management through Challenger TAFE.

Challenger TAFE business program manager Rowena Maling said the training was delivered in the form of on-site workshops tailored to meet the needs of the local government.

“The training was delivered by Challenger’s business lecturers to City of Cockburn managers and first-line supervisors who could benefit from qualifications in management, using their skills in the workplace,” Ms Maling said.

“The employees were able to draw on the skills and knowledge of their working practices as evidence for recognition of prior learning. This enabled them to complete their qualification in less than 12 months while working full-time.

“We are delighted to have teamed with such a forward-thinking and workplace development-focused organisation such as the City of Cockburn.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the training was part of the council’s workplace development plan to build management capabilities of staff and the success of the partnership was due to the professional standard of training provided by Challenger TAFE.

“Challenger TAFE was very open to suggestions about how the program should be tailored,” Mayor Howlett said. “The structure of the workshops meant our managers could study while working, resulting in limited disruption to their personal lives.

“It is wonderful to now see our employees at the end of the program so full of confidence and trusting in their abilities.

“Everyone is very positive about using what they have learned in their day-to-day work activities, which will ultimately benefit the City of Cockburn as a whole as those new skills transfer to helping people in our community as part of council activities.”

The employees attended a series of workshops that equipped them with the knowledge and skills required for a range of management tasks.

The City of Cockburn hosted an official graduation ceremony on Monday, November 23.

challenger1.jpeg: City of Cockburn Diploma of Management Graduates.

challenger2.jpeg: City of Cockburn Certificate III in Frontline Management Graduates

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chantelle O'Sullivan
P: (08) 9411 3605

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Challenger TAFE's mission is to provide the highest quality vocational training, assessment and related services in support of individual career aspirations and workforce development.

At Challenger TAFE, we believe that fostering a shared culture across a large organisation is an on-going task that everyone in the organisation needs to embrace, with good practice starting from the top.
That’s how we will be able to deliver the best possible services to our internal and external customers.

We foster:

excellence – by achieving high quality outcomes in the development of all our programs and services

innovation – by developing new and improved ways of doing business

integrity – through ethical and honest behaviour in all activities

empowerment – through decision-making when guided by informed policy and resource guidelines

accountability – by accepting responsibility for individual actions and outcomes

collaboration – by building positive working relationships both inside and outside the college
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Nicole Vanpraag, Communications Coordinator
P: (08) 9239 8301


Innovative partnership between local government and training provider in WA bears fruitful results.


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