Stanton Institute participates in Innovative Urbanisation Training for Shandong Leaders - 14 Oct 2015

The Government of South Australia and the Shandong Peoples government signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2015 to collaborate in Innovative Urbanisation Training for Shandong Leaders. Through this arrangement, the Shandong regional leaders will learn about the delivery and management of city infrastructure and services from an Australian perspective.

The first group of 20 Shandong County Mayors travelled to Adelaide in September to participate in a 21-day training program coordinated by the Department of State Development.

Stanton Institute was delighted to be invited to provide a lecture on the provision of welfare services to the group. Muriel Kirkby, Acting Director, Stanton Institute developed and delivered the session entitled 'Social Welfare & Community Services'.

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Muriel Kirkby, Acting Director, Stanton Institute (centre) with Shandong County Mayors.

Disability, Aging and Lifestyle Expo - 14 Oct 2015

Along with other participants from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Stanton Institute was pleased to participate in the recent Disability, Aging and Lifestyle Expo.

Stanton Institute's stall provided attendees with information on the Institute's short courses and accredited learning opportunities. Short course programs cover topics of interest such as Disability Awareness, Person Centred Approaches and Including People in Community Life.  Accredited programs include the Certificate III and IV in Disability as well as Nationally recognised skill sets in Case Management, Behaviour Support and Leisure and Recreation.

Stanton Institute looks forward to attending next year's event!

Stall at Disability, Aging and Lifestyle Expo

Stanton Institute congratulates all the SA Training Award winners and nominees - 14 Oct 2015

The VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award recognises innovation and excellence by a vocational education and training (VET) teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO), or in partnership with an RTO.

Stanton Institute was delighted to be represented by Kelli Sullivan, award nominee and facilitator of learning programs in the areas of Disability as well as Government. The awards ceremony held on September 18 was an evening to recognise and celebrate the achievements of South Australian vocational education and training.

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Kelli Sullivan celebrates her nomination for SA VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Congratulations to all the Award winners and nominees!

Book Now: Stanton Institute short courses on Mental Health  - 01 Oct 2015

Mental Health Week is an important annual and national event that provides the opportunity to engage the community in learning about mental health issues and how it affects South Australians.

This year Mental Health Week begins on Sunday, 4th of October  leading up to World Mental Health Day which is on the 10th of October every year.

Stanton Institute is offering the following courses in Mental Health during November;

To secure your place in these courses, please visit

Jobs4Youth trainees graduate from Stanton Institute - 21 Sep 2015

Stanton Institute congratulates the 134 trainees that recently graduated with a Certificate III in Government at the 2015 Jobs4Youth Graduation Ceremony.

Jobs4Youth is the State Government's recruitment program for trainees and graduates. It aims to employ 200 young people each year over four years to give more young people a start in the public sector and address the sector's ageing workforce.

Stanton Institute is proud to be the Registered Training Provider for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 program for trainees undertaking the Certificate III in Government.

The twelve-month Job4Youth program provides trainees with an understanding of how government works, providing the skills and knowledge to successfully work within government. During this time, administrative trainees complete the Certificate III in Government provided through Stanton Institute.

Training has now begun with the 2015/16 Jobs4Youth trainees.

Stanton Institute wishes all graduates of the 2014/15 program the best for their future careers in the public sector!

Stanton Institute Facilitator nominated as SA Trainer of the Year - 20 Aug 2015

Stanton Institute is delighted to announce one of our Facilitators, Kelli Sullivan, kelli sullivan photo is a finalist in the SA Training Awards 2015 – VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year category.  The awards, hosted by the Training and Skills Commission, recognise and acknowledge both individuals and organisations for their excellence and innovation in training.

Kelli joined Stanton Institute (formerly known as The College for Learning and Development) in 2011 and has facilitated many learning programs in the area of Disability as well as Government.  Her support of learners to complete their qualifications and achieve their goals is always at the forefront of her practice. The SA Training Awards is running a separate award for People's Choice.  If you would like to support and vote for Kelli please visit the SA Training Awards website.

The winners of all award categories will be announced at a presentation dinner in September and we wish Kelli all the best.  All finalists will be acknowledged on this evening for their training excellence and achievement.

Supporting the Disability sector through connecting job seekers with training - 07 Aug 2015

Stanton Institute representatives Muriel Kirkby, Alix Taylor and Kelli Sullivan were excited to attend the launch of MatchWorks as a jobactive provider in South Australia. MatchWorks has been assisting job seekers to gain employment since 1998, working with employers, job seekers and the SA community to explore new job opportunities.

As well as being a jobactive provider, MatchWorks is a Disability Employment Services provider.

Stanton Institute and MatchWorks have a common interest in supporting the disability sector. MatchWorks is a division of Karingal, a community services organisation providing a range of services for people with disability, whilst Stanton Institute offers a Certificate III and IV in Disability as part of its nationally recognised training.

Stanton Institute has provided training to the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Disability Services staff for nearly 10 years, with a focus on building the participant's skills and knowledge required to support people with disability. However, most recently, Stanton Institute has led a number of other projects involving job seekers that directly links training with employment outcomes.

The evening was a celebration for MatchWorks staff, future business partners from across industry and the local community.

In attendance were;

  • Representative of the South Australian Premier, Ms Katrine Hildyard - Member for Reynell
  • Nicole Mattsson - MatchWorks Director of jobactive
  • Colin Entwistle - MatchWorks Director of Disability Employment Services
  • Tori Christian - MatchWorks Regional Manager, Disability Employment Services (South Australia)
  • Casey Hubiak - MatchWorks Regional Manager, jobactive (South Australia)

Further information on the upcoming courses at Stanton Institute can be found on our courses page.

Further information on MatchWorks can be found at

New partnership with Department for Correctional Services - 12 Feb 2015

Two innovative pilot workshops were tailored for the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) and delivered in February 2015.

With Mental Health Reform and Family Violence firmly at the top of both State and National political agendas, these timely workshops provided contemporary knowledge and practical skills for DCS staff to apply immediately to their work.

Workshop 1: Adult Mental Health: Recognise and respond to risk

A highly interactive workshop that sharpened the focus on the mental health needs of people exposed to the Criminal Justice System and those who provide support for them in custody and in the community.


'Delivered powerful messages'

'Great insight into mental health training to broaden knowledge and skills'

'A great reminder for us to come out from our work bubble and reinvigorate our lives while smelling the roses'

'Into everyday a little rain must fall', so we can appreciate the 'good'. Thank you

Workshop 2: Domestic & Family Violence: Dynamics, impacts, victims and perpetrators

A highly interactive exploration of the dynamics of Family Violence combined with a unique focus on working with perpetrators.


'Program that merges working with perpetrators as well as having an insight into the lives of the victims – very powerful.'

'Thought provoking,touched a nerve for me'

'Abuse can be so subtle that even the victim won't be able to name it as such'

'Brilliant presentation of the training – very engaging.'

Unique Student Identifier - 06 Feb 2015

From 1 January 2015, all learners studying nationally recognised courses in Australia will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). A USI is an account (or reference number) made up of numbers and letters. The USI will allow learners online access to their training records and results. Students will be able to access their USI account online from a computer, tablet or a smart phone. It is free and easy to create a USI.

 For more information and to create or obtain a USI, please visit