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Ray Fauntleroy, MTS’ Darwin based consultant, is delivering his third and fourth Certificates IV in Procurement and Contracting in Honiara, Solomon Islands (SI). The participants are all SI government personnel and the delivery is a real team effort, with the Australian procurement advisors and senior SI procurement officers providing tutorial support to the students.

MTS worked closely with the senior SI Procurement Managers and Australian Government appointed procurement advisors to design a course that met the needs of the participants. This included incorporating SI government policies and procedures along with examples and activities pertinent to the local circumstances; as well as a structure that best suited the participants. The first two courses delivered in 2017 were very successful which created demand for the current two courses.

With course delivery consisting of 3 and 4 day modules spread over many months there was opportunity for the SI Government to capitalise on the interest in procurement, not to mention Ray’s presence in Honiara, to run additional workshops and events.

At the end of July Ray participated in a ‘Women in Procurement Workshop’ that was aimed at developing the careers of women working in procurement and encouraging more women to join the field. As well as Ray, the workshop was addressed by Timothy Warekary, SI Senior Procurement Officer; Dianne Peliokai, Deloitte’s Director for SI; Grant Follett, Australian High Commission; Kevin Ha’ ante, Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Management; Alice Saeni, Ministry of Police, National Security and Corrections; and Dennis Meone the CEO of the SI Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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The participants of the Women in Procurement Workshoip held in July.

Recently selected to provide training services as a member of the across government panel contract for the delivery of accredited and non-accredited capability and leadership framework (CLF) training to the Northern Territory Government (NTG) (D16-0047), MTS attended the inaugural ‘Training Panel Contract (TPC) Expo’. This event, held in The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton on Monday 14 May 2018, was  hosted by Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE) and provided MTS, along with many other service providers, with an opportunity to showcase our training program offerings and to begin establishing relationships with Northern Territory Public Sector Training and Development networks.

MTS was represented by both our well-known local Facilitator, Ray Fauntleroy, and Business Manager David Williams. Both Ray and David were pleased to be provided the opportunity to meet with Learning and Development representatives from across many agencies and are hopeful that some of the enquiries will lead to training opportunities in the not too distant future. Meanwhile across town MTS’ Mike Cornish was conducting day 1 of a Diploma of Procurement and Contracting through another NTG panel with the Department of Business kicking off a very positive week for the Territory.

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Facilitator Ray Fauntleroy representing MTS at the Training Panel Contract (TPC) Expo in the Northern Territory.

MTS Training Consultant and Facilitator Mark Weller is taking time out from the training world to recharge and gain inspiration from the sights of British Columbia. While on his travels he got in touch to update us on his adventures.


Hello Martin and the Office Ladies,

Am now in England (21 degrees when I arrived!) after a pleasant week in British Columbia, visiting my ninety-year old uncle and four cousins (they organised a very busy program, so no time to send you photos until now). Went on a two-day train trip through the Canadian Rockies, toured Vancouver and visited, on Vancouver Island, the capital city, Victoria – which has a good deal of Victorian and Edwardian architecture – and the Butchart Gardens: an attractive and extensive garden established in a disused quarry years ago. The gardens were alive with massed plantings of an amazing variety of tulips.

Came yesterday from Heathrow to Bradford on Avon, to visit my favourite antique shop (but far too expensive to buy anything). Spent today in the Cotswolds and off to the Lake District tomorrow, ready for my Alvis Owners’ Club car rally.

Photos attached show aspects of the Rocky Mountains and the gardens (the garden photos include a Dogwood tree in flower: British Columbia’s emblem). Also the town of Bradford on Avon and the town of Burford.



The Comcover Fund Education Program took home the award for Leading and Building Risk Management Capability in the Develop Self, Develop Others category of the Department of Finance, Australia Day awards earlier this year.

As Comcover’s strategic Learning Partners, Major Training Services has worked closely with the Comcover team in the development of the blended learning strategy, as well as the face-to-face and eLearning components of this program. MTS is also responsible for the delivery of the face-to-face learning.

With this program having formed an integral part of the Department of Finance’s undertaking in promoting and facilitating best practices in risk management, we at MTS are proud of the work we have developed alongside the Comcover Education Team.

Below is the citation for the Department of Finance Australia Day Award:


Category: Develop self, develop others

For leading and building risk management capability - The Comcover Fund - Education Program.

Since 2014 the Comcover Education Team has led the development of an APS-wide learning program, aligned with the Australian Public Service Commission’s 70:20:10 approach to learning. The program is developed on a blended learning model and includes eLearning, peer-to-peer learning and on-the-job activities.

The program has had an impressive take up to date across the APS:

  • 3,782 people completing the foundation eLearning module – Introduction to Risk, from 72 entities since July 2014
  • The Generalist program – Practical Risk Management – More than just ticking the box commenced in February last year (2017), close to 200 people have taken part from 54 entities.
  • Over 240 SES officers have completed the SES Risk Management Professional Development Program – Not all superheroes wear capes: a strategic perspective to managing risk


Comcover participant feedback

Generalist program – before I came to the course, my knowledge of risk management was like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. After this course the puzzle pieces form a whole picture for me.

SES program - A great format, good content, timely and relevant. Well worth my time and effort to participate. Well done.

This program has formed an integral part of the leadership role the Department of Finance undertakes in promoting and facilitating best practice risk management.

The introduction of the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy (Policy) provided a framework for entities to adopt a systematic approach to managing risk.

2014, Secretaries Board identified risk management as a Seemingly Intractable Problem in the APS. An APS 200 Group on Risk Management was formed to review the issue and provide advice to Secretaries Board on practical options to improve risk management in the APS.

Secretaries Board endorsed the development of a risk management learning program.


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The 2018 Australia Day Awards recipients.