Advancing Apprentices and Trainees through a range of Sustainability focussed Vocational Education and Training options.
Brendon Murphy is a success story of his own making. Brendon completed a Certificate III in Water Supply Operations through Water Training Australia Pty Ltd as part of WPC Group’s trainee program. As a successful fire fighter and footballer, his passion and drive to constantly achieve excellence held him in good stead for a successful career in the making.
In 2010 Brendon was nominated for Trainee of the Year in the Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Leaders program. He was identified as being a highly capable and skilled trainee achieving the accolade of being awarded ‘Runner Up’ in this prestigious competition.
As a result of his excellent performance throughout his training and the work placement at Melbourne Water – Tarago Water Treatment Plant he was offered a permanent role as Water Supply Operations, Maroondah Team - Lead Operator.
Brendon has been included into the Greenskills Reference Group. Brendon has become a valuable contributor the program and he sits alongside a range of extremely experienced experts and Government representatives that provide leadership in Employment and Training for the Greenskills Program.
WPC Group CEO Nicholas Wyman was presented with the 2012 Park Family Churchill Fellowship by The Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov recently.
Nicholas is particularly interested in the challenges companies face in finding and developing skilled employees. Nicholas will be researching and reporting on youth unemployment and the transition between school and the world of work in Australia, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands. He also intends to see how these countries have embraced Sustainability in Apprenticeships and Traineships. Other Churchill fellows for 2012 include Mr William Thomas who will investigate sustainability education and sustainability practice with emphasis on water, waste, energy and biodiversity – Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland.
I would like to invite you to join this very exciting initiative. The ‘green economy’ will require both new skilled occupations and skills development in traditional occupations. The ‘green economy’ will grow through the creation and expansion of innovative organisations that offer solutions based on new cultures, new skill sets, and efficient technologies.
There are three drivers for this innovation: global warming and measures to address climate change - decarbonisation of the economy; customer demand for products and services that minimise their environmental footprint - supply chain solutions for mitigating risk and enhancing reputational value and; the need to restore and rehabilitate environmental mistakes of the past. These drivers will give rise to real employment opportunities.