Wickham Flower take home 'Medium Employer of the Year'

Locally based agricultural and machinery dealer Wickham Flower is proud to have been announced the 2018 SA Training Awards ‘Medium Employer of the Year’.

One of four finalists, Wickham Flower was presented with the award at The Department for Industry and Skills event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on September 7.

The award aims to recognise employers, students and training providers who are excelling in training and training delivery.

Wickham Flower dealer principal Vaughn Colwill said the company was extremely excited and proud to have been recognised as the leading employer in the state for businesses between 20-200 employees.

“We put a large focus on continuous training, whether it be our technicians, parts interpreters, administration or sales staff,” Vaughn said.

“In recent years we have also invested in upgrading our training facilities and technology which now allows us to offer more local training and live interactive training with presenters that may be on the other side of the world.

“Wickham Flower prides itself on providing high quality service to our customers and our success relies on our staff being multi skilled. Technology is changing, both in the Agriculture and Motor Vehicle industry, so our staff are constantly acquiring new skills and adapting their knowledge. This year Wickham Flower invested in a dedicated internal training position to help share knowledge between departments and ensure consistent customer service.”

Wickham Flower engages various organisations to deliver training. In addition to major franchise partners John Deere, Nissan and Mazda.

Wickham Flower would like to thank key training partners Di-Monty Training Solutions, TAFE SA, VTECH Automotive Training/ MTA and QAT – Quality Automotive Training.

“I would like to thank MAS National for encouraging us to enter the awards and assisting with our submission and assessment!” Vaughn said.

Wickham Flower Bordertown employee Brooke Woodman also attended the awards night and said winning the award came as a big surprise to her and the team.

“We honestly didn’t expect it and it was very exciting,” Brooke said.

“The whole evening was quite grand and it was much bigger than we thought it would be.

“There was about 600-700 people in attendance and it was a great thing to have been a part of.”

Wickham Flower will go on to represent South Australia at the National Training Awards in Sydney.

The event will be held in November.