The Camfield in Burswood, played host to this year’s annual Nudge Sundowner & Training Awards in order to accommodate a growing list of attendees. Once again, it was a fantastic night celebrating the achievements of the past year, with over 110 people from 46 various organisations showing their support of Nudge.
Bringing together people from many different organisations is what makes the event so unique. Members and directors of government agencies, executives and staff of private contractors, Local Government council representatives, like-minded community organisation staff, as well as trainees from all over Western Australia gathered to show their support of Nudge and celebrate another successful year.
Ross Holt – Chair of the Nudge Board, welcomed all attendees and remarked that despite the year that has been, Nudge continued to work through the challenges and provide meaningful, committed and dedicated service to business partners and importantly, the trainees that Nudge support. Ross highlighted the Nudge retention rate – 92% for past year – as a key pillar in the success of the Nudge service model and achieving strong outcomes.
Peter Woronzow, Acting Director General, Department of Transport, addressed the audience and spoke about the relationship with Nudge and the impact Nudge has had on employment and training in the civil and transport industry. Peter highlighted the impacts of meaningful training to enhance engagement with contractors, employers and the communities we all live. Peter reiterated that supporting a new generation through traineeships, in particular, young Aboriginal trainees, was having a big impact for government agencies – especially for Main Roads WA and was excited for the works to commence in the same space, within the Public Transport Authority.
The highlight of the night was once again the presentation of the 2020 Nudge Training Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding efforts of those employers and trainees over the past year. The recipients of the awards this year were:
· Employer of the Year: Laing O’Rourke – Armadale Access Alliance
· Local Government Employer of the Year: Shire of Ashburton
· Team of the Year: Forest Products Commission Bunbury
· Clerical Trainee of the Year: Nikita Procter (Forest Products Commission)
· Technical Trainee of the Year: Jayden Ugle (DM Roads) and Rakeam Jones (BMD/Laing O’Rourke – Armadale Access Alliance).
Nudge Executive Director, Ashley Little, acknowledged the Nudge staff for their tireless efforts, this year in particular and welcomed new staff Tracy Mundt and Kellie Pickford who recently joined the growing Nudge team at an exciting (and busy) time. Ash emphasised the empowering impact that employment has on people’s lives, noting that every opportunity created by a business has flow-on effects that last for generations.
Another successful year for Nudge as we continue to create opportunities to change lives in the WA community. For more info on how to work with Nudge, please contact on 9323 6373.
To read the 2020 Nudge Annual Report please click here