NSW Large Employer of the Year

Wyong Shire Council took out the NSW Large Employer of the Year Award and was the only government finalist in the prestigious competition.

The annual NSW Training Awards, held by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by organisations and individuals in a variety of training and employment related disciplines.

Council’s Human Resource Manager, Ms Marie Hanson-Kentwell, said they were up against impressive finalists such as Hyne Timber and Charles Sturt Campus Services, making the win a major accomplishment.

“We were pleased to be recognised as a finalist but winning the award against major corporates is amazing.

“We have built training and education platforms that are strategically aligned for the organisation to ensure staff are skilled now and for our future.

“We also have a unique training framework, one that encourages staff to continually develop their skills through professional development opportunities with external organisations as well as extensive training and leadership development courses in-house.

“We’ve been recognised for providing learning and development solutions that are flexible and holistic, with real benefits for individuals and the organisation.”

Council’s General Manager, Michael Whittaker, said the award was a landmark achievement and a tribute to the dedication of staff and their passion for learning and development.

“Wyong Shire Council prides itself on offering opportunities to its staff and finding new ways to encourage personal growth and professional development.

“Great staff are at the heart of everything we do.

“Our ultimate goal is to deliver quality services to the community.

“That is what we are here for.

“Our staff are our greatest asset in this task.”

Council will now progress to the national stage of the award.