Welcome to Novaskill

About us

Novaskill is a leading workforce education provider, passionate about connecting people to a world of learning, jobs and personal development.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation that delivers training, recruitment and mentoring services and apprenticeship management throughout our 8 Australian branches, as well as specialised training to international students in Newcastle and abroad.

Our commitment and leadership to the provision of foundational workforce solutions has transformed clients, partners, students and employers, but most importantly has allowed us to achieve our mission to support communities by enriching people’s lives.

Novaskill’s story is one of development, re-imagining and new beginnings.

Established as Hunter Group Apprentices and later becoming Hunter Group Training (HGT), our organisation was founded as a result of the severe economic downturn in the Hunter region in the early 1980’s.

Our objective was to ensure young apprentices could continue on with their trade training by being hosted out to local employers so that when the economy improved, they would be able to continue with their trade.

In 2008, HGT was boldly rebranded as Novaskill, a name that has come to embody the progressive and innovative values we hold dearly.

We’re a leading workforce education provider, passionate about connecting people to a world of learning, jobs and personal development.

HGT Australia International College

HGT Australia Ltd was established in 1980 and is a respected educational institution across the states of New South Wales and Queensland. HGT Australia International College has its main campus in Newcastle – the second largest city in the most populous state in Australia. The beautiful natural surroundings and affordable cost of living,  make Newcastle very popular to live and learn for international students. Offering beautiful beaches, a great climate and only  a short distance to famous tourist spots such as Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie, Newcastle was ranked as the 5th Most Liveable City in the World by the Lonely Planet Guide (2011) and is one of National Geographic’s official ‘Smart Cities’.

A few reasons why Novaskill is the right choice for you!

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Board of Directors

As a not for profit entity, Novaskill is governed by a Board of Directors, guided by a Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Board’s membership provides a stable platform that meets monthly to review company operations and performance, ensuring that the Company is achieving its organisational and contractual objectives. Comprised of the following six professionals whose strategic and operational experience adds value to Novaskill’s governance, risk management and quality assurance frameworks:

Euan Melville – B.Eng (Mech), B.Comm

Euan Melville – B.Eng (Mech), B.Comm

Deputy Chairman

Chief Development Engineer BHP, Port Engineer Maritime Services Board, Manager Corporate Services Newcastle Port Corporation. (Retired)

Lou McPherson, LLB

Lou McPherson, LLB

Secretary

Solicitor / Director of McPherson Lawyers, member of the Law Society, member of the Industrial Relations Society (Newcastle Branch) of NSW.

Michael Kevin Johns, LL.M., F.A.I.C.D., DUniv(Newc.)

Michael Kevin Johns, LL.M., F.A.I.C.D., DUniv(Newc.)

Chairman

Chairman, Newcastle University Sport (Ltd.), Chairman 2NURFM Board, Director, Newcastle Region National Disaster Relief Fund Trustee Limited, Director, Newcastle Temporary Care Limited, Director, Steel River Pty. Ltd., Director, The Hickson Corporation Pty. Ltd., Chairman, Brantag Pty. Ltd. trading as TOLLBULKSANDS.

Phillip John Walkley

Phillip John Walkley

Managing Director

Former General Manager Novaskill, former President and Director Ballina Seagulls Football Club, Director Walkley Holdings, former Operations Manager Central West Group Apprentices, Former Chairman Central West Joint Industry/Education Consultative Committee, Qualified Boilermaker.

Trevor Fullerton – B.A. (Hons)

Trevor Fullerton – B.A. (Hons)

Director

Lecturer in Education, Department Head Professional Studies, Department Head Pedagogical Studies, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Education (Retired).

Our Vision and Strategy

Novaskill’s mission is to support communities by enriching people’s lives”. This mission statement is fundamental to how we conduct our business and how we are perceived within the community.

Our clients, customers and stakeholders can be assured that we apply the highest values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and respect in all our dealings.

We also value and will strive to be known for:

Delivering Superior Service

Always, every day, no ifs or buts

Flexibility

Being flexible and embracing change

Responsibility

Being a socially responsible organisation

High Standards

Setting and achieving high standards

Creativity

Being creative and innovative in solving our customers problems and meeting their needs

Energy

High energy in the way we do our day to day work

Decisiveness

Being bold and decisive

For more information about any of the services we offer, please contact our head office in Newcastle or your local branch