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Council recognised as Employer of the Year

Publish Date 27/05/2016

Port Stephens Council has been recognised once again by taking out the Employer of the Year title at the annual Career Development Association of Australia awards.

At a gala event held in Melbourne yesterday evening, Council's win came on the back of the implementation of a unique Career Development Program across the organisation.

The program is part of Council's Talent Management Strategy and provides staff with a range of assessment tools and support to establish career directions.

It is also designed to support Council meet current and future workforce requirements, ensuring the organisation achieves its aim of having the right people in the right roles to maximize its overall performance.

General Manager, Wayne Wallis said that the career development program was about creating an environment where continuous learning is valued.

"We realised that our ability to attract, engage, develop and retain key staff was critical to our ongoing success and we wanted a workplace that would foster those ideals," Mr. Wallis said.

"The program is also about empowering our staff to take ownership over their career development - helping them to identify their aspirations, recognise their strengths and develop plans to enable better performance and growth.

"Thanks to the diversity of Council's business, we've also been able to assist staff to gain experience and ultimately move into totally new careers.

"The program has been in place since 2014 and we've seen some great individual successes as well as a marked change in attitude to career development across the organisation.

"This award is a testament to the work of our Career Development Manager Anne Schmarr as well as our Organisation Development Team. They truly are some of the best in the business.

"It's wonderful to once again be recognised as a leader in this area and ultimately as an employer of choice, not just in the local government sector, but in business more broadly."