Controversial climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery will take the podium today at the local centre that bears his name.
He will not only present Skillset’s first sustainability awards, the Skillset Sustainability Award and Skillset Sustainability Partnership Awards to two Central West businesses, he will also be the keynote speaker at Skillset’s annual Training Award ceremony.
CEO Skillset Ben Bardon said staff at the Flannery Centre are excited and honoured that a scientist of international renown will be presenting Skillset’s inaugural sustainability awards.
Professor Flannery is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist. He was named Australian of the Year in 2007.
He currently the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission, an independent body providing information on climate change to the Australian public.
Tomorrow he will speak about the role education and training plays in meeting sustainability challenges.
“We have asked him to reflect on his thoughts about what the educational challenges are and what that means for vocational skills,” Mr Bardon said.
Professor Flannery’s book The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change changed the way many people thought about global warming.
Mr Bardon said each year Skillset selects the most outstanding apprentices and trainees from each branch location, who then go on to complete for the regional title.
Bathurst has a number of local apprentices, trainees and businesses selected as finalists and who are in the running for regional awards, including:
Bathurst Regional Council – Large Host Employer of the Year finalist, Davcon Constructions – Small Host Employer of the Year finalist, AJS Electrical – finalist for the Jim Todman Safety Award for implementing high level safety practices into their workplace, Brett Foran – finalist for Apprentice of the Year (Brett’s host employer is Land and Property Information) and Andrew Reynolds – finalist for Trainee of the Year (Andrew’s host employer is Bathurst TAFE College).
“Overall the day is a celebration of everything Skillset does and will reflect the hard work of our apprentice trainees, host companies, students and businesses.