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Skill Hire - ACCI South Coast Natural Resource Management Award for businesses with more than 20 employees

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Tony Fitzpatrick from Skill Hire is proud of the company's achievements after winning the ACCI South Coast Natural Resource Management Award for businesses with more than 20 employees.As a one-stop-shop for employment and training needs, Skill Hire is one of Albany's and the State's business success stories.

Skill Hire took out the ACCI South Coast Natural Resource Management Award for businesses with more than 20 employees at the 2010 Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards.

Skill Hire supplies employment services for employers and job seekers; it is also the most diverse recruitment service provider in Western Australia.

Established in 1992, Skill Hire has strategically positioned itself in 11 major regional centres in WA and now boasts 14 branch office locations Statewide, including one in Albany.

It is one of the largest employers of apprentices / trainees in WA, employing more than 600 apprentices at any given time. The Skill Hire/ Regional Training Services Group manages, administers and delivers a wide range of vocational education, training and employment services, and since 1998 Skill Hire has employed more than 400 indigenous trainees and apprentices.

Originating in Albany, with the training of unemployed job seekers, Skill Hire is one of the largest employers of building and construction apprentices in WA.

Skill Hire managing director Tony Fitzpatrick said he was proud of Skill Hire's achievements, which he helped establish with Greg Stocks and Rob Stockdale.

The company directly employs about 120 staff to deliver its range of employment and training services.

"We won the same chamber award two years ago, so entering the awards was seen as a chance to review everything we have achieved since then," he said.

"The award also enabled us to acknowledge the efforts of our staff - which is always a great team building exercise."

Skill Hire has recently undergone a strategic restructure which now includes a board of directors, managing director, chief financial officer, executive and management groups along with office, field and administration staff.

In Albany, Skill Hire's York Street shop front gives it autonomy from the rest of the corporate structure which is based in Cockburn Road.

The company has recently subscribed to an environmental sustainability program, Grow Me The Money (GMTM), which was developed in partnership with the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Environment Protection Authority Victoria under a Sustainability Covenant.

GMTM is a 12-month program designed to reduce Skill Hire's environmental impact and embed a culture of sustainability within the organisation. The program assists in measuring, monitoring and managing our resource use, engaging with staff and developing environmental strategies.

As for the future, Tony said Skill Hire was looking to establish a stronger presence in Perth; would continue to build its presence in the Kimberley; and would look at the Pilbara when the right opportunity arose.

Skill Hire was particularly proud of its commitment to the employment of indigenous people which represented about 12 per cent of its workforce.

The business was committed to thinking outside the box by conducting initiatives such as staff reviews and client surveys to gain valuable feedback on the needs of various industry groups.

"We like to think we quietly get things done and make things happen," Tony said.

"It has been a lot of hard work and we've learnt from our mistakes. But we are always open to new ideas as to how we can go forward into the future and grow the business."

With this attitude the future looks bright for Skill Hire.

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