2016 AUSTAFE LEADERSHIP AWARDS - Winners Announced
2016 AUSTAFE National Leadership Awards
Introduced by AUSTAFE in 1990, AUSTAFE Leadership Awards recognise educational leadership in the Australian VET system. They are presented by the National AUSTAFE Executive to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to vocational training over and above that which is expected by virtue of their employment.
There were some difficult decisions this year with the calibre of nominations across the three Award Categories, Educational Leader, Emerging Leader – Support Services and Emerging Leader – Education and Training.
Congratulations to all nominees for these awards for your demonstrated leadership qualities which have been recognised by your respective TAFE organisations who nominated you.
The AUSTAFE 2016 Educational Leadership Award
The award is for educational leadership rather than management or supervision and is open to all educational staff.
This year, we had exceptional quality of applicants and due to this, the panel has decided in 2016 to present both a highly commended and a winner.
Scott Dwyer (TAFE SA)
Scott has been in TAFE SA for almost 16 years and has held a number of positions demonstrating a passion for education. He currently leads a Higher Education project with TAFE SA providing educational leadership for the development and re-development of graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Bachelor level programs for the Hospitality sector.
Scott has also successfully acquired funding to develop and promote the use of technology to support delivery which has resulted in an app that is now available to all VET educators via Google play and the iTunes App store.
Scott’s innovative approaches to education include linking training to the Top 100 Wine competition, and pathways for students from their VET program to Adelaide’s Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has developed and facilitated Course Advisory Panels for accreditation and is recognised by his peers for his excellent teaching, deep knowledge of his subject matter and provoking students to higher level thinking and learning.
Winner of the 2016 AUSTAFE Educational Leadership Award
Annette Winch (TAFE Qld)
Annette has been a committed advocate of the VET sector since commencing teaching in 1994. She is an innovative and passionate educational leader who has represented VET educators across the Australian and International arenas.
Annette has piloted 16 new delivery models, empowering educators to align delivery to suite their learners and industry outcomes while self-identifying the capability development required.
Recently, Annette developed an educator change management framework ‘Refocus on what matters’ which she has presented to TAFE Queensland Executive Management, Singaporean and Indonesian Vocational Leaders as well as at the recent EduTECH Summit which attracted over 6000 delegates earlier this year.
Annette has successfully secured commonwealth funding on a number of occasions to support partnerships with industry, learners and TAFE. Over the next period of time, Annette will be focused on her current role as the educational leader for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Partnership directing the design, development and delivery of training for the 15,000 volunteers who will be involved in this International event. The GC2018 Volunteer programs will place TAFE Queensland and Vocational Training on the world stage, promoting TAFE as a contemporary and innovative VET provider.
2016 AUSTAFE Emerging Leader Award – Support Services Category
(40 years or under)
Stephen Gates (TAFE Qld)
Stephen has more than 18 years’ experience in automotive manufacturing and is considered a leading vocational educator and administrator in his field. He is known for his ‘can do’ attitude and friendly professional approach. Stephen has demonstrated his leadership capability with the ability to work with others and deliver on commitments which have enabled him to bring his innovative ideas to life and inspire others to implement improvements in their teams.
Stephen has proven his ability to lead change management and business improvement processes to enhance the experience of learners and increase business sustainability.
At Skills Tech, Stephen led the development of an electronic induction process for apprentices which, with the use of iPads, has reduced the lead time for new apprentices to commence their training, resulting in improved apprentice retention through early engagement and increased employer satisfaction.
As a respected leader of diverse high performing teams, he has fostered positive team culture and the integration of behavioural frameworks to support healthy team dynamics.
Stephen is a worthy winner of the Emerging leader – support services category.
2016 Emerging Leader – Education and Training Category
Again, the panel had a difficult choice for this award. For 2016, there are two equally deserving winners of the education and training award.
1. Luke Montgomery (TAFE SA)
Luke joined TAFE SA in 2008 and has a mixed role being an educational manager as well as overseeing the delivery of a major contractual partnership with Le Cordon Bleu Australia, which is internationally recognised and renowned for quality culinary and hospitality education. He is responsible for maintaining dual brand expectations of the two RTO’s and has demonstrated a skill at negotiating effectively to achieve positive results.
Luke’s leadership is evident through his current position as well as previous roles as an enterprise development consultant and traineeship coordinator where he worked closely with industry to incorporate flexible options to highlight the link between TAFE training and industry requirements.
He has been an elected member of the board for Australian TAFE Tourism and Hospitality Educators Association (ATTHEA) and is a respected judge for the Restaurant and Catering association for the last 6 years as well as assisting in the Hot 100 Wine competition for 7 years.
Congratulations Luke as the first of our Emerging Leader – Education and Training Award Winners.
2. Kaz Harris-Brown (TAFE Qld)
After 13 years as an automotive technician and more than 9 years as a vocational trainer, Kaz has now moved into a position of Business Manager at Skills Tech.
Kaz has been integral to the long-term success of the Toyota training program through developing innovative responses to changing industry needs. He worked on this program as a trainer at a regional and national level, and implemented continuous improvement with the Toyota National Training Managers.
Kaz is well recognised and regarded beyond TAFE Queensland. After winning the Ford/RACQ Top Australian Apprentice in 2000, he spend time in the USA training with an American team. He continues to travel to America regularly maintaining contact with industry connections at Porsche, Toyota and Ford.
Kaz was identified by the publishers of the main Automotive textbook, CDX Automotive as a standout in his field and he has since authored around 25 sections of science and maths for this publication over the last 2 years. As evidence of the high esteem in which he is held in the industry, Kaz is a judge in the Qld Toyota apprentice competition and helps train automotive competitors for both the Toyota National competition and Wold Skills.
Congratulations to all of our 2016 AUSTAFE National Leadership Award Winners.