Canberra training provider competes to be Australia’s best

Dominic Giannini 18 May 2021
Rob Hattch and Jana Clyde

Chalk and blackboards are out and innovative learning aids are in at Wisdom Learning, a finalist in the Australian Training Awards. Wisdom’s co-owners Jana Clyde and Rod Hattch were also named 2019 ACT Small Training Provider of the Year for the second year in a row. Photos: Supplied.

Canberra training provider Wisdom Learning is one of three finalists in the Small Training Provider of the Year category at the Australian Training Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on 21 November.

Earlier this year, the Fairbairn-based company took out the ACT Small Training Provider of the Year for the second year in a row.

Co-owners Rod Hattch and Jana Clyde say they are committed to quality processes and are looking to provide skills for the workforce of the future.

“We refuse to cut corners,” Mr Hattch said. “For the past 17 years, we’ve been able to manage the competing dynamics of quality, profit and performance in an industry where there’s a lot of dodgy performers.

“We work in partnership with dozens of ACT organisations and deliver accredited and non-accredited training both locally and nationally.”

Mr Hattch said that Wisdom Learning helped clients to update their skills to adapt to volatile work environments or return to workplaces where there has been technological change.

‘Write to Win’ board game

Wisdom co-owners Rod Hattch and Jana Clyde with the new ‘Write to Win’ board game developed by Wisdom as an engaging way of revising workshop content.

“Leaders today need different skill sets and different intelligence to manage, including emotional intelligence and generational intelligence,” Mr Hattch said.

“One of the reasons we’re so successful is because we adapt and respond to those changes so that our clients have the skill development needed for the future.”

The company also takes a personalised approach to education and uses creative learning aids to enhance training and make the experience an enjoyable one.

Ms Clyde says the ACT is garnering a reputation for creating and training the industry leaders of the future.

“Canberra is really the innovation hub of Australia and we work with organisations who are leading the way in technology, human resources, real estate, construction services and more,” she said.

“We bring an external perspective to our partnerships and are good at projecting forward to cater to future needs.”

Wisdom’s lolly bar is a hit with workshop participants.

Wisdom Learning will be competing against the Kimberly Aboriginal Medical Services from Western Australia, and the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta in NSW to take out the coveted award.

Institutes from around Australia are also competing in three other categories, including awards for Large Provider of the Year, International Provider of the Year and the School Pathways to VET Award.

A full list of the finalists in all categories can be viewed at the Australian Training Awards.

For more information, visit Wisdom Learning.

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