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Transformed a finalist in the ACT Training Awards 2018


Image: CEO and Founder of Transformed Michael Young with Tony Shoebridge - GM Training and Kate Hassen - Marketing Manager.

The Transformed team was delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the ACT Training Awards held on 13th September in Canberra. The awards highlight the contribution of VET providers in the ACT training landscape as well as recognising the achievements of apprentices and trainees in shaping the workforce of the future.

A recipient of the award in both 2015 and 2016, this year Transformed was recognised as a finalist in the Industry Collaboration category for its work with the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP). The 15-month program consists of employment in the Australian Public Service at an APS3 level, completion of a Diploma of Government in addition to a number of short courses and skills development activities designed to ensure participants fulfil their position and to prepare them for a career in the public service.  

The IAGDP program is a partnership between Transformed Pty Ltd: the RTO, the Australian Government Shared Services Centre (SSC), who administer the program and recruit students; and, the Australian Government agencies who employ the IAGDP program participants.  This tri-partite model ensures that participants receive exemplary training and development, with supervision by experienced APS managers who support and mentor participants.  

A collaboration of this nature, growth and success requires more than cleverly devised systems and engaging course material. Now in its 6th year with Transformed as the RTO it requires true engagement and a willingness to go above the effort you would find in standard education programs.    In many cases the IAGDP program is just the beginning of a life- long learning journey as many participants continue with further studies. Participants who successfully complete the program, not only obtain a nationally recognized Diploma level qualification, they forge lasting relationships and beneficial networks that assist with navigating a career in the APS or elsewhere.

Transformed congratulates all of the winners of the ACT Training Awards 2018 and looks forward to future opportunities to be involved in programs like the IAGDP.

Transformed wins 2018 APAC Insider Australian Enterprise Award - Best Civil Construction Provider


Transformed is pleased to announce we have won the 2018 APAC Insider Australian Enterprise Award - Best Civil Construction Training Provider.   Transformed delivers three nationally recognised civil construction qualifications via distance and RPL methods.
Hosted by APAC Insider, the Australian Enterprise Awards (AEA)  acknowledges businesses and individuals who play a pivotal role in the resurgence of Australia's economy. APAC Insider also produces a quarterly supplement covering business topics and profiling businesses across the Asia Pacific region. The listing for Transformed can be found here -  

Michael Young co-authors Sustainable Project Management – the GPM reference guide (2nd edn)


Michael Young, Founder and CEO of Transformed has worked with many organisations to develop their project management capability. He has had articles on project management published both in Australia and internationally and has authored / co-authored over 28 journal articles, papers and numerous book chapters. 

Michael has added another to the list of his works on project management and has co-authored a reference guide on green project management, now available on

Designed with other thought leaders in project management as a handy reference for anyone involved in projects in any capacity, this book provides practical information and step-by-step guidance on how to manage projects sustainably.

Co-author Dr Joel B. Carboni notes “Over the past decade…the definition of sustainable has evolved and many organisations have had to re-evaluate their business to incorporate practices that are socially responsible and environmentally friendly. It is, therefore, necessary to align the management of projects to better support the new business landscape..”

Over four parts and 14 chapters – this book can be used as a resource to support a number of GPM programs.

The book can be found on Amazon here -

Predictions in Project Management - Transformed’s CEO and Founder Michael Young delivers a keynote


AIPM’s 2017 Conference was held on the 22-24 October in Melbourne.  With over 500 delegates, this year’s conference focused on the theme of I3.  The three “I’s” signifying the new world of project management and standing for Innovate, Influence and Implement.

Michael Young’s keynote presentation entitled “The Future of Project Management’ took the audience back in time to the 1970’s to see what we expected the world to be back then.  Would we experience underwater cities? What about the internet? Fast forward to the present day and whilst there has certainly been hits and misses on the expectations, project management is continually evolving to keep up with the pace of how we work, the technology we use and emerging job roles.   

Michael shared his predictions for the future PM workplace, they include:
  • No reporting – everything will be automated, in real time and adaptive.
  • AI tools will predict risks and the optimum schedule
  • Project management will be less task-based and more about people, collaboration and relationships
  • Project teams will be global, virtual and distributed
  • PM’s will be freelancers
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  • Each project will have its own unique set of rules and guidelines, making singular approaches un-scalable for all initiatives
  • Industry specific tools and methods will lead to industry PM specialisation
  • Shift from “one way of managing projects fits all”, to an adaptive mash-up of conventional and agile practices
  • Model of distributed accountability and governance
  • PMs will be known for their unique systems, like chefs with signature dishes
Michael is a frequently published project and program management expert who following on from his keynote topic, will shortly release an article on the future of project management.

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Transformed wins again – 2016 ACT Training Award – Industry Collaboration Category for IAGDP


Michael Young CEO of Transformed - accepting award from David Dawes Director-General, Economic Development, Land Development Agency.
On 1 September 2016, Transformed accepted the 2016 ACT Training– Industry Collaboration Award at a ceremony hosted by Skills Canberra and the ACT Government held at Hotel Realm.  

The award recognises exemplary skills development collaborations between at least one employer/ industry body and at least one organisation delivering nationally recognised training.

This is the second year in a row that Transformed has accepted the award for the work delivered in collaboration with the Shared Services Centres of the Department of Employment and Department of Education and Training for the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP).

The IAGDP is a 15-month program which has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2012. The program combines ongoing employment with structured learning and aims to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians working in the Australian Government. 
IAGDP Shared Services Unit Team and Transformed team with Award.

Over the past four years Transformed has delivered diploma level qualifications in government with specialisations in Project management, community capacity and procurement and contract management for the IAGDP with over 600 participants having completed the program – this is an over 95% completion rate, compared to an industry average of 35%.

The impact of a program of this type is not only the transformation of the lives of the participants but the personal enrichment and reward experienced from being involved in an initiative that successfully contributes to social equity and opportunity for under-represented groups.

More on the awards can be found here -

Transformed now becomes a finalist in the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November.

Transformed wins ACT Training Excellence Award 2015 – Industry Collaboration – IAGDP Program


Transformed has again been recognised for training excellence with a win at the ACT Training Excellence Awards held in Canberra on the 3 September 2015.

The Industry Collaboration Award was for Transformed’s involvement with the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP). The IAGDP is jointly administered by the Departments of Education and Employment on behalf of over 20 participating APS Agencies. The IAGDP is a 15-month programme that combines ongoingemployment with structured learning and aims to increase the representation ofIndigenous Australians working in the Australian government.

Since 2012, Transformed has delivered Diploma qualifications in Government with specialisations in Project Management, Community Capacity and Procurement and Contract Management for the IAGDP with a 98% completion rate.

Transformed’s win means an automatic entry into the National Training Awards to held in Hobart in November 2015.

More informationabout the awards can be found here -

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Transformed partners with Soldier On Charity in the 'Hand Up’ Program – 8 April 2015


Founded in 2012, Soldier On has a range of partnerships and opportunities that will allow veterans to re-skill for the civilian workforce.  

The Soldier On’ Hand Up Program empowers returned service people who are facing the challenge of physical and psychological recovery through education and employment.

On 8 April 2015, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, the Prime Minister of Australia presented Transformed’s seven Diploma of Project Management graduates with their qualifications. Lauren Eastaughffe is pictured accepting her Diploma from the Prime Minister.

"Transformed is honoured to support Soldier On as part of the ‘Hand Up’ program and in particular helping those that have been injured through serving their country. Through achieving a qualification in project management, the course participants have gained valuable, sought after skills which position them well for jobs in many different industries.” Michael Young, Director of Transformed said.

Transformed is pleased to be able to contribute to this charitable organisation through providing free project management education for the Diploma of Project Management, a nationally recognised qualification.  More information about Soldier On can be found here -

Transformed proud to be Telework partners


Transformed operates on a virtual office model with a dedicated team working remotely throughout Australia and is a registered Telework partner since 2013.

Transformed do not believe staff need to be physically in the same office to run a successful business. By working virtually overheads are reduced and staff are given the flexibility to work around their family commitments without long commutes or the need for extended day care.

Transformed is recognised as a market leader in the delivery of innovative training and assessment services. We understand that not everybody wants to physically sit in a classroom so we offer a flexible study ethos via distance learning and RPL (recognition of prior learning) so that they can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

What is Telework?
Telework is working regularly from a place other than the office, in most cases from a home office. It utilises information and communications technology to stay connected to colleagues and work systems.
The pending rollout of the NBN will be a key enabler for telework as high-definition interactive environments between the traditional workplace and a teleworker’s location of choice become a reality.
The Australian Government's aim to increase the take up of telework is part of its National Digital Economy Strategy which aims to position Australia as one of the world's leading digital economies. The telework goal is to double Australia's level of telework by 2020, so that at least 12 per cent of Australian employees report having a telework arrangement with their employers.
Telework can deliver a broad range of benefits to individuals, employers, and the country as a whole
For more information on Telework and the 180 partners currently participating visit:

Transformed scores a hat trick, winning the Australian Business Award for Project Management for the


The Australian Business Awards

Transformed scores a hat trick, winning the Australian Business Award for Project Management for the 3rd year in a row.

Transformed win ACT Training Excellence Award


Transformed have been recognised for exemplary skills development collaboration at the DET ACT Training Excellence Awards 2012. The Industry Collaboration Award was achieved for NBN E-Learning Program initiatives developed by Transformed. The initiatives consisted of the 'Building Site Safety Game' and the 'IPads for learning and assessment' projects.

Working collaborative with industry bodies and leading edge software developers Transformed have developed these applications for the industry developed to improve flexibility of study and help reduce the national skills shortage in the building and construction industry. These projects have further potential for addressing skills shortages in other industries.

Forget physical, let’s get virtual


The idea that starting a business requires significant sums of money will soon be as antiquated as a bowler hat.

It still requires sweat and toil to make a new business successful but the great levelling effect of technology means there are almost no barriers to founding it in the first place.

By choosing to work virtually, a new breed of web business is saving thousands in overheads, while gaining access to global opportunities. Staff and contractors can be located anywhere in the world and so can customers.

The managing director of training organisation RTO Transformed, Michael Young, is based in Canberra, with 10 full-time staff spread between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland and another 40 trainers on contract around the country.       Read full story

Portable devices such as smartphones are the “classroom of the future”


One of Australia’s leading education companies – Transformed – took out the top accolades at The Australian Business Awards in three categories – Project Management, Innovation and Environment and Sustainability.             Read full story


Transformed wins 3 Australian Business Awards


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Following a win at the Telstra Business Awards last week we are proud to announce not one but three wins at the Australian Business Awards on 31 July.

These top accolades were awarded for Project Management, Innovation and Environment Sustainability.

The awards recognise Transformed’s achievements and excellence in their core business of Project Management qualifications and as an innovative, leading education and training provider.

Michael Young, Managing Director of Transformed said, “Transformed is changing the world of education with our innovative online business. We are using games, iPads and modern technology to make the learning experience fun and engaging. Much better than sitting in a classroom!”

The prestigious and comprehensive Australian Business Awards program, established in 2005, engages with leading corporate, government and non-profit organisations across key industry segments, including financial, manufacturing, professional services, energy, telecommunications, construction, transport, healthcare, education, food services and retail.

Congratulating Transformed, Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, The Australian Business Awards said: “These types of accolades don’t come easily – they are underpinned by vision and leadership, both of which require a clear dedication to research and development.

Again we thank you for your continuing support and ask that you do not hesitate to contact us if you require a review of your training needs.

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Transformed wins Telstra Micro Business Award - ACT


27th July Transformed were awarded the Telstra (News Limited) Micro Business Award – ACT

Transformed are honoured to announce that we have been awarded a top accolade. On Friday 27th July Transformed were awarded the Telstra (News Limited) Micro Business Award – ACT

A national shortage of project managers led Michael Young to combine his background in project management and a longstanding interest in training and create Transformed Pty Ltd in 2007. Judges said the registered training organisation was an industry leader in the construction/project management/procurement training industry running on a successful virtual business model.

Without our valued clients and affiliates we would not be in this position and we thank you for your continued support.

Transformed will be judged against category winners from other states and territories in the lead up to the national Telstra Australian Business Awards to be announced in Sydney on 29 August.

Building Site Safety Game named in ‘SMART 100’ Index


The Transformed "Building Site Safety Game" has gained 17th place as one of Australia's 100 most innovative products or services, in one of the largest and most audacious innovation awards of its kind in Australia - the Anthill Magazine "SMART 100" Index.

About Building Site Safety Game

Transformed have developed a serious construction site safety simulator. This initiate was developed to assist in the experiential learning of safety risks in a construction environment.

The simulation is aligned to a nationally recognised unit of competency in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) and received funding under the National VET E-learning Strategy

It allows both learners and assessors undertaking mandatory OHS and site induction to experience a high-risk construction site without the potential for injury.

The safety simulation generates a number of risks at commencement, so that risks are different each 'play through'. As learners navigate the 3D world with a keyboard and mouse, they identify risks, undertake a risk assessment and report their results to their manager.

As site safety is traditionally taught in a classroom, learners may get to apply safety principles through work placements, but they are often not sufficiently experienced in translating the theory learned into practice.

Delivered via high speed broadband provided by AARNet and the National Broadband Network (NBN), the simulator provides a photo-realistic look, built-in voice and a multi-user environment that allows learners to interact with each other. It also allows instructors to guide learners and provide instant feedback online.

This project helps to address the national skills shortage in building and construction, and demonstrates that the NBN can deliver engaging and interactive e-learning that otherwise would not be possible.

The project has the potential to address national skills shortages in other industries by catering for a wide range of learning styles and providing opportunities for regional and remote learners to bridge geographical distances.

About the Smart 100

The SMART 100 Index was created by leading business media channel Anthill Magazine in 2008 to identify and rank Australia's 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia.

'In true Anthillian style, the SMART 100 is an ever-evolving, ever-improving experiment,' said Anthill founder and Editor-In-Chief James Tuckerman.

'It identifies and ranks new Australian innovations by applying a combination of crowdsourcing, collaboration and common-sense. We employ the judgement of 'mavens' and readers.

'Unlike your average awards program, we don't lock a panel of expert adjudicators in a small room. Neither do we demand a thorough analysis of each applicant's P&L statement. We don't even request an historical snapshot of 'runs on the board' or commercial achievements.

'This is because innovation is future focussed. It is about identifying and solving problems in ways that will change the way we live, do business and think.'

What is a 'maven'?

Academics have known about the existence of Mavens for many years, claiming they have a particular psychotype. However, it was Malcom Gladwell's book 'The Tipping Point' that really brought attention to this underutilised group in society.

Gladwell described Mavens as 'those who are intense gatherers of information and impressions, and so are often the first to pick up on new or nascent trends'. 'Maven' is a Yiddish word that means, literally, 'one who understands'.

According to Tuckerman, 'The maven's unique talent is his or her ability to unearth and identify, from all the new products and services available in the marketplace, the innovations that are worth propagating. A maven also generally has the ability to communicate the potential of the innovation to the broader public and, therefore, plays an integral role in the mass take-up of any innovation.

'These people have the ability to identify innovations that will meet an important need for the population. The hypothesis is that Mavens will provide a more predictive measure of innovation than mass consumers or, indeed, experts in the field - because they have a unique ability to identify the importance and relevance of an innovation.'

What is Anthill Magazine?

Anthill was initially launched as a print magazine, in September 2003, by its current editor-in-chief James Tuckerman, who at the age of 26 quit his day job, departing a promising career in corporate PR, to pursue his own entrepreneurial journey.

Since then, it has evolved into one of Australia's leading online communities for Australian business owners, ranked among the Top 50 Business & Finance websites in Australia by Nielsen Online Ratings. It is dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercial development of Australian ideas.

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