Tailor-made SILK

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Sanjeev Gill takes Indian Sun through a master class on his organisation, which delivers nationally recognised training in the hospitality, business, retail, foodprocessing and management sectors

Sanjeev Gill has over 12 years’ experience within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has held management positions at some of Melbourne’s finest hotels. Sanjeev was part of the set up team for the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne and has worked in The Hotel Windsor, Grand Hyatt, Hilton, Novotel, Adelphi Hotel and other restaurant groups.

In his earlier role as a Senior Executive, Sanjeev was responsible for running one of the largest privately owned registered training organisations (RTOs) across four different states in Australia delivering English language, vocational education and training and higher education programs to domestic and international students.

Sanjeev has also held the position of department manager for the hospitality, tourism and events area before moving to the role of Director of Business Development & International at Swinburne University of Technology.

Currently, Sanjeev is the Director/CEO for SILK Education and Training, which delivers nationally recognised training in the hospitality, business, retail, foodprocessing and management sectors. In 2012, Sanjeev was awarded the Young Executive of the Year award due to his commitment and excellence within the VET sector. He was also a speaker at the government organised Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Sanjeev has completed his Master of Education from The University of Melbourne and also done a Post-graduate Diploma of Information Systems Management, as well as Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Advanced Diploma of Hospitality and Diploma of Training & Assessment.

The Indian Sun speaks to Sanjeev Gill.

Could you tell us about SILK, where you are Director/CEO for Education & Training.

SILK Education and Training (SILK) is an Australian owned and operated Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering 23 nationally recognised trainingqualifications within the workplace in Victoria, Western Australia and India. These work-based training programs are developed to suit the needs of employers and employees alike. SILK is registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and is an active member of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

SILK also delivers tailor-made programs and professional development courses including ‘Master Classes’. These programs can be delivered within a number of different industries and one of its key business objectives is to meet the needs of industry and employers while also ensuring best education and training practices are met. We do this by delivering quality training solutions that build and develop skills and confidence of learners who undertake a SILK program.

What makes SILK different from other training organisations?

To ensure the training offered by SILK is in line with industry needs, all SILK trainers are still actively working in their area of expertise. Also, online training will enable participants to work through the training at their own pace, while the practical training sessions will enable participants to undertake ‘real life’ tasks.

Finally, SILK offers customised training solutions to suit business needs: SILK’s flexible approach to training enables businesses to undertake training within their own environment.

The legal entity (Global Education and Training Group Pty Ltd) was formed in 27 August 2010.

How did SILK come to be?

Before setting up SILK, both of us directors — Rocco Guarnaccia and I — have had extensive experience in the domestic and international education sector. We have over 25 years combined experience within the VET sector. We have worked both in the public and private sectors as trainers through to senior managers within some of the country’s largest TAFE and private providers. We also have a vast experience within the corporate world and understand what is needed to make a business profitable. We will work with small or large organisations to ensure that not only their training needs are met but also that the productivity and effectiveness of their business is increased through tailor-made training programs.

What is your background in India? Have you lived there or visited before?

I was born in New Delhi (India) and moved to Australia in 1997 at the age of 17. I have been in the International education sector for over 16 years including my personal experience as an International student. SILK decided to set up its operations in India in 2012 in conjunction with Australian Vocational Training and Employment Group (AVTEG), which has formed a consortium to deliver over 400 qualifications in India. The partners are: SILK Education & Training – Melbourne, Australia; College of Innovation and Industry Skills – Perth, Australia; Australian Institute of Management – Perth, Australia; Box Hill TAFE – Melbourne, Australia; Skills Tech (Queensland TAFE) – Brisbane, Australia; Canberra Institute Of Technology (TAFE) – Canberra, Australia; TR7 – Perth, Australia.

Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)

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