Recognition for Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT)

BALT Award

Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT) and the Lean Action Learning program has been recognised at the 2014 Tasmania Training Awards as a leader in industry collaboration. BALT is a collaborative group made up of representatives from Bell Bay Aluminium (BBA), Automotive Components Limited (ACL), CPT Engineering, the Department of State Growth (originally represented by both the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (DEDTA) and Skills Tasmania) and the Action Learning Institute.

The Tasmanian Training Awards […] recognise and honour the achievements of employers, small businesses and training organisations for their dedication to providing the highest quality training and improving the skills of the workforce in this State. The Awards offer […] the prestige of being part of an elite group of place-getters who unequivocally represent the State’s best in vocational education and training.
Source: 2014 Tasmanian Training Awards > About the Awards

The Executive General Manager of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), Tony Gleeson, and the Tasmanian Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, presented the award to members of the BALT Coordination Team at the Gala Dinner in Hobart earlier this year. The current Chair of the BALT Coordination Team, Andrew Thompson from ACL accepted the award, supported by fellow BALT Coordination Team Members, Bill Woodworth (BBA), and Bob Cother (Action Learning Institute).

The Industry Collaboration Award is presented for exemplary skills development collaboration between an employer or industry body and, at least, one other organisation. Competing finalists included Guaranteeing Futures (South) and the Tasmanian Transport Association. Finalists were assessed against four criteria:

  • Criterion 1:     Extent to which the collaboration demonstrates outstanding practice (i.e. above and beyond standard practice)
  • Criterion 2:     Achievements of the collaboration
  • Criterion 3:     Impact of the collaboration
  • Criterion 4:     Sustainability and future of the collaboration

BALT entered a submission based on the successful outcomes of two action learning programs completed in Tasmania involving six companies (BBA, ACL, CPT Engineering, Tamar Valley Dairy, Tas Fab Laser Services and Kempe Engineering) and a third program, still in progress, involving a further three companies (Harvest Moon, Direct Edge and Petuna).

The award is welcome encouragement for the BALT Coordination Team, as the unique action learning program begins to gather momentum across Tasmania, with new programs planned to commence in the Tamar Valley, the North-West (Burnie and Devonport) and Hobart in 2015.