ANCA is a finalist for the Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development for our world-class Apprenticeship Program delivering highly skilled technicians and progressive learning pathways

September 2019: ANCA was honoured to be nominated as a finalist for the Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development at the 65th Victorian training awards.

The winners from the finalists selected across 16 categories were announced on Friday evening, 6th September at the Victorian Training Awards gala event, where the state’s ‘best of the best’ in the TAFE and training sectors were showcased. As the only manufacturing based finalist for the award, and as one of only three organisations in Victoria nominated for this category - it is a significant achievement to be recognised for our Apprenticeship program.
 
Stuart Gurney, ANCA Apprentice Master said, “My passion is supporting the next generation of talent to enter the fascinating world of CNC grinding. This nomination highlights what we are doing to nurture progressive learning and provide career options for our apprentices.”
 
“Far from being solely a manufacturing company we sell 99% of our products overseas and successfully compete with German, Swiss, Japanese and US competitors. To maintain our position as one of the global leaders in our field we invest in building teams who can design and create the latest technology – including automation, robotics, precision grinding and software among others. It is rare to have opportunity to access this type of advanced manufacturing in Australia and I find it extremely rewarding to see how much my team develops over the four-year program to graduate with a fantastic career ahead of them.”

ANCA has a proud history of investing in its people to develop a highly skilled and engaged workforce. Apprentices have always played a vital role at ANCA with one of its co-founders coming from a trade background who continues to value quality training and development. The establishment of a structured Apprenticeship Program in 2011 formalised this training and increased the number of participants who could experience hands on learning in this exciting industry. This nomination acknowledges our innovative delivery of apprenticeship training that offers flexible rotations and develops the specialist skills we need - ANCA apprentices get exposure to CNC machining, precision fitting, electrical testing and grinding applications throughout their four-year program.
ANCA has partnerships and links with a range of training providers in the community. In the last 12 months ANCA further developed our long-standing partnership with Chisholm Institute by extending our operation as a host-training site to include apprentices from similar industries. This supports our aspiration to create a thriving manufacturing sector in Australia.
 
Additionally, ANCA hosts Industry Tours for Career Practitioners from local secondary schools to increase awareness of STEM related career pathways and skill requirements. ANCA also collaborates with OELLEN, Yarra Ranges Tech School, the Yarra Ranges council and other local employers to host a “Tech Tours & Tech Talks” program that aims to broaden industry understanding for students regarding future career pathways within manufacturing.

ANCA Group HR Manager, Eileen Kershaw said, “ANCA’s success is built upon the practical experience and skills of our people who help drive our innovation in a niche market.  A key element of our apprentice program is that we have identified the specialist skills required for our advanced technology manufacturing and working alongside traditional TAFE programs, have tailored our own training program to build those specialist and niche skills.”
 
“We have focused on not locking our apprentices into one stream, but instead give them experience across a number of our functions through a series of rotations, assisting them to develop a deeper understanding of the overall business and a broader set of skills.”
 
In announcing the finalists, Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney said, “The Victorian Training Awards don’t just celebrate success - they inspire it. I want to congratulate every student, employer and training provider who have made the Finals, we’re really proud of the work you have done.”
 
Specifically, the awards considered ANCA’s innovation in the delivery of training for apprentices, our links with training providers and the community as well as our positive apprentice and business outcomes.

Former ANCA Apprentice of the Year winner, Danny Calcutt said, “My experience with the program has been broad and in depth, it has presented many challenging opportunities and has allowed me to upskill in a number of areas I didn’t think I would get the chance to experience. All in all, our apprenticeship program is exciting and allows for a career promoting growth and learning in which we thrive upon.”