GippsTAFE rewards outstanding Morwell and Yallourn campus staff

Staff Awards Morwell and Yallourn
Rachael Quinlan of Morwell has been recognised by her colleagues for her outstanding contribution, by winning the major award in the annual GippsTAFE staff awards.

As well as being nominated in three categories and winning one – that of flexibility – Ms Quinlan also earned the overall honour of taking out the Chief Executive Officer’s award, which is selected by the CEO from the winners of the five staff award categories.         
                                                                                                                                                                                   
The other Latrobe Valley based staff to earn awards included Maryann Ure (Sustainability) who was nominated by her Campus Manager and her General Manager in the categories of both Responsiveness and Sustainability; and Frances Dodd (Transformation) who earned her award for her work in the successful implementation of GippsTAFE’s new Electronic Records Management Application (ERMA). 

The other awards winners were Vanessa Marsh from the Leongatha Campus in the Responsiveness Category, and Jan Bruce and Kerryn Vaughan of the Disability Department at the Warragul Campus in the Innovation category. 

Ms Quinlan’s nomination said in part: “Rachael has demonstrated exceptional flexibility in being willing and able to take on a role as the HR Officer for the Latrobe Bushfire Recovery Community Jobs Project, and to adapt to the many varied needs of this role.  At short notice, Rachael embraced this wholeheartedly, and quickly and enthusiastically learned the skills she needed to co-ordinate the HR aspects of this project.

“Rachael was outstanding in her professionalism whilst recruiting 41 staff for the project.  She led from the front and maintained rigour, equity and fairness in the selection processes,” the nomination said. “In a testament to Rachael, all 170 applicants for the ground worker positions were given the opportunity for interview, a mammoth task which Rachael co-ordinated and achieved within the space of a week.  Rachael’s dedication to giving everyone an opportunity shone through in this process.”

Ms Ure has operated as part of the leadership team of the Yallourn Campus for the past three years, proving an enthusiastic, professional, resourceful and organised member of the team.  Her nomination said: “Maryann has set up a number of processes and reporting mechanisms that enable the leadership team at Yallourn to analyse their business and make decisions about financial viability of courses and programs.

“Not only has Maryann operated as a member of this team, she has also operated across the Institute and has been particularly involved in her work with the Finance Department during the development of the new budget model.” Ms Ure’s input in this area has been described as “an outstanding performance and commitment” according to her nomination.

Ms Dodd was nominated specifically for her contribution to implementation of GippsTAFE’s Electronic Records Management Application (ERMA).  The system is a key element in the Institute’s business systems reconfiguration program that is being implemented under the broader GippsTAFE 2012 Project.

“Fran took on the role as ERMA Systems Administrator and is a key member of the ERMA Project Reference Group.  She has been instrumental in ensuring that the new system has been configured and implemented in accordance with the Project Plan and Schedule, and in a manner that has ensured that it meets all of the requirements of the original specification,” her nomination said.