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Welcome to the Novaskill community

Our clients, customers, and stakeholders can be assured that we’re committed to our founding values of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and respect in all of our dealings.

We currently have 8 branches across NSW and QLD including, our head office in Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast, Coffs Coast, Northern Rivers, Nambucca Valley, and South East Queensland.

As a consequence of detailed practical knowledge, and extensive experience, we are proud to have grown into an industry leader for employers, employees, job seekers, and students alike.

Our story is one of development, re-imagining and new beginnings.

For over 40 years, Novaskill has been dedicated to assisting local people reach their full potential through the provision of quality training, employment and community services. Our mission is to support communities by enriching people’s lives, so every one of our employees can make a greater contribution to their family and their community.

Governed by a voluntary board of directors, our organisation was founded as a result of the severe economic downturn experienced in the Hunter region in the early 1980s.  Hunter Group Apprentice, later becoming Hunter Group Training, was established to ensure young local apprentices could continue on with their trade training even if they did not have a day-to-day job to go to. This group was hosted out to local employers and received ongoing training, so that when the economy improved, they were able to continue on their career path and enjoy a successful trade career.

Now recognised as one of Australia’s longest operating group training companies, we have had the immense pleasure to be able to continue offering exceptional career opportunities to thousands of apprentices and trainees. 

In 1995, Novaskill because a Registered Training Organisation and began training students in a broad range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) areas. Accredited as a nationally recognised training organisation, we are proudly able to accommodate the unique needs of an individual enterprise or the broader requirements of a specific industry.

Novaskill has a long track record of working with community groups to identify, develop, and implement a range of community infrastructure improvements. We also pride ourselves on our commitment to indigenous communities, youth, long-term job seekers.

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

Meet our 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)

Gail Baker

Gail Baker

Director

Former Executive Assistant to MD, GM and Company Accountant with Novaskill.  Board Secretary since 2000 and then Company Secretary before retiring in 2017.  Over 40 years’ experience in business administration, procurement and contract management. (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).

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