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The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) hosts the annual Project Management Achievement Awards, recognising and celebrating the best of the best.

For the State Winners they will go on to the National PMAA where it’s an opportunity to showpiece your team’s work and project on the global stage at the AIPM-hosted International Project Management Association World Congress in Brisbane, October this year.

Three winners may also proceed to the Asia-Pacific Federation Regional Project Management Awards.

EBS director Paul Woods Centacare Ballarat has halved the time required to compile month-end reports since national ERP specialist Evolution Business Systems deployed the Microsoft Dynamics NAV accounting solution.

The Victorian-based Catholic social service organisation, which has more than 220 employees, 13 offices and a $16-million-dollar annual budget, recognised in early 2010 that its existing accounting software was no longer meeting its need to manage as many as 60 different cost centres.

Funded by both Federal and State governments, Centacare Ballarat services include homeless support, advocacy for aged housing, mental health and drug rehabilitation programs, marriage counselling programs and employment services. Each program has rigorous reporting requirements.

When Centacare Ballarat outgrew its PC-based accounting software package, it chose Microsoft Dynamics NAV, installed and supported by Melbourne-based national ERP software specialist Evolution Business Systems (EBS).

Organisation

Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Inc.

Industry

Not For Profit

Solution

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Executive summary

When Centacare Ballarat outgrew the capabilities of its PC-based accounting software package, it sought a financials application with robustness, flexibility and familiarity. To manage and control its 60 separate cost centres, the Catholic social service organisation chose Microsoft Dynamics NAV, installed and supported by Melbourne-based national ERP software specialist Evolution Business Systems (EBS).

School leavers show Trades skills by renovating two derelict northern area Trust Homes

Students from several Northern Adelaide Secondary High Schools have fully restored and rebuilt two derelict northern suburbs Housing Trust homes at Davoren Park.

In December the students and their teachers handed back the renovated homes to the Minister for Housing, Hon Jennifer Rankin MP.

Students worked during the 2010 school year on the houses to renovate and return them to the Public Housing inventory as part of the ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ Program in SA Schools.

D2C provides ‘hands-on’ trades experience of the construction industry for students in Years 11 & 12. The program operates in 25 ‘clusters’ of schools across the State.

The renovations were carried out to full commercial specification using a range of building and construction skills.  Students gain first hand experience of the industry and develop skills that make them immediately productive if they choose to work in the industry.

The program is delivered by specially trained technical studies teachers. Students carry out work under the supervision of a licensed builder.

D2C is a joint initiative of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Housing SA and the Department of Education and Children’s Services.  The Salisbury program is directly supported by the Master Builders Association as the Registered Training Organisation which ‘signs off’ students on the skills they acquire.

D2C began in 2000 and is one of the largest, most enduring and successful programs of its kind in Australia. There are 700 students in the program each year.

Around 70% of the 2009 cohort found jobs and apprenticeships and the CITB hopes for similar results with this year’s group.

“Instead of making CD racks and coffee tables, these kids are refurbishing whole buildings and working with professional tradespeople,” said CITB’s Training Manager, Len Warren.

Interview & Information:

CITB’s CEO Steve Larkins, 8172 9500, or 0408 919 600;

Salisbury High School D2C Teacher, Richard Megaw, 0401 121 745

Media Assistance, Mike O’Reilly, 0414 882 505

The ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ Program in SA Schools provides ‘hands-on’ Trades experience of the construction industry for students in Years 11 & 12