​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queenslan​​d Training Awards state sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 Queensland Training Awards.

Event sponsors


Major event sponsor

News Corp Australia

News Corp Australia is Australia's number one media company with a long and trusted relationship with Queenslanders over the last 100 years through its community and metro masthead newspapers, including The Courier-Mail. News Corp Australia is Australia's leading publisher, selling 10.4 million newspapers each week and distributing an additional 6.7 million community titles. It publishes seven of the top 10 newspapers sold across the country, including the highest selling weekday and Sunday papers.

News Corp Australia's digital sites have a monthly unique audience of 6.7 million across the major metropolitan cities. It is a multi-platform leader in food, health, parenting, style and property and lifestyle brands, reaching over 7.2 million Australians each month.

News Corp Australia is extremely proud to be supporting the Queensland Training Awards again.


Welcome reception sponsor

Apprenticeship Support Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia launched in 2015 to deliver the Australian Government's "Australian Apprenticeship Support Network" under a contract from the Department of Education and Training.

Apprenticeship Support Australia brings the 16 years of continuous apprenticeship services experience of Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre in NSW and the ACT to Queensland, with the support of business expertise from around the country.

Apprenticeship Support Australia's services are focussed on lifting apprenticeship commencement and completion rates through the provision of support at every stage of the employment cycle.

We offer employers holistic business-wide training advice and can assist in recommending suitable qualifications, advice on how to access Government funding for training, help with matching and recruitment of new staff, as well as ongoing coaching, mentoring and support of apprentices and trainees.


Entertainment sponsor

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as the "voice of tourism".

We're a not-for-profit, private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Queensland's tourism and hospitality industry and work in partnership with government agencies and industry bodies at a local, state and national level, to strengthen the voice of tourism in all relevant policy forums.

Our efforts are aimed squarely at helping this strong tourism industry drive sustainable business and product development, stimulate business attraction and investment, develop workforce skills and support tourism jobs and business.


Print sponsor

CPX Printing & Logistics

CPX Printing & Logistics is proud to be a Brisbane born and bred printing company. Offering the latest in digital print technology, a complete commercial floor and in-house finishing, it is one of the most versatile business partners you could ask for. From small to large, simple to complex, it offers you the best possible solution to complete any printing project.

CPX built its own online ordering site, which can be customised to suit exactly what you require. From basic business cards and stationery ordering through to complete pick, pack and distribution solutions - CPX can do it all.


Photography sponsor

Sheila Sissons Photography

We do not just take a picture - we capture an emotion forever!

We, at Sheila Sissons Photography, are a well-trained team and we pride ourselves​ on our customer services, quality of images and products supplied.

We are a multi-award winning studio that understands the importance of our job and capturing momentous events.

Whatever your photography need is, we would love to assist! We love being creative and would love to design something to suit your needs.

Individual category sponsors


Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award sponsor

Construction Skills Queensland

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Queensland Training Awards.

They are the peak industry body assisting the building and construction industry to be future ready.

CSQ help to create a more enriched construction industry, elevating its profile and making a positive impact on hundreds of Queensland communities.

The organisation is bringing the future forward to impact today - fostering, promoting, encouraging, advancing and assisting in the knowledge, skills, training and education of people in the construction and building industry.


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award sponsor

BUSY At Work

BUSY At Work is an established and trusted not for profit organisation providing apprenticeship, employment and community programs. BUSY holds a reputation as leading providers of apprenticeship and employment services, Indigenous employment programs, school-based programs, mature aged worker programs and disability employment services.

BUSY's approach to jobactive Employment Services, Transition to Work Services and Work for the Dole Coordinator in contracted areas illustrates BUSY's commitment to providing employment opportunities to local communities.

With almost 40 years of experience, BUSY delivers various programs across Australia with more than 40 offices throughout Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

BUSY's comprehensive programs are designed to provide skilling, employment and education solutions to businesses, job seekers, students and apprentices. Profits are injected directly back into the local community with emphasis on job seekers including youth, people with a disability and Indigenous Australians.


Vocational Student of the Year award sponsor

TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland is the largest provider of VET in Queensland, with a proud history of serving the state's communities for more than 130 years.

TAFE Queensland operates across a network of over 50 locations in Queensland, in employer's workplaces, online and in markets offshore with an offering that spans foundation skills and entry level qualifications through to higher education degrees.

Its students are provided with training options at every stage of their career and employers with skilling solutions that respond to complex workforce needs.

TAFE Queensland continues to innovate and expand the range of learning options and educational pathways available to students and industry, always maintaining its commitment to deliver quality training that changes lives.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award sponsor

Apprentice Employment Network

A new trading name for the Group Training Association of Queensland and Northern Territory Ltd.

The Apprentice Employment Network is Queensland's largest employer network of apprentices and trainees. The network comprises over 6000 apprentices and trainees employed or managed by group training organisations (GTOs) across Queensland.

The Network plays a significant role within Queensland, employing around 500 skilled staff and providing services to over 10,000 business in various industries.

This uniquely Australian initiative reaches every corner of the country and operates at the grass roots level in communities throughout Queensland linking students, school leavers, apprentices and trainees to enterprises and training organisations.

The Network extends across diverse markets and plays a pivotal role in creating opportunities for apprentices and trainees with small to medium businesses, many of which would be unlikely to engage in the training system without an intermediary such as the Apprentice Employment Network.

Helping to forge the State's skills base.


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award sponsor

Hutchinson Builders

Hutchinson Builders is one of Australia's largest private building and construction companies. Established in 1912, it now has over 1400 direct employees, including more than 150 apprentices and cadets.

'Hutchies' is a vibrant and dynamic construction company. It builds approximately 250 projects around Australia each year, ranging in size from relatively small residential and commercial maintenance works to major multimillion-dollar projects.

The company thrives on repeat business and is relentless in its endeavour to protect its reputation for high quality projects. It offers high level proactive design development, cost planning, project financing and construction delivery.

In addition to its building and construction activities, Hutchinson Builders won prestigious state and national Employer of the Year awards - recognising the company's innovative workforce development efforts aimed at raising the capability and capacity of its employees and subcontractors.


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award sponsor

Velg Training

Velg Training is a member serving organisation and Australia's leading provider of vocational education and training (VET) professional development and consulting services. Our vision is to educate, inspire and empower the VET sector by providing quality, flexible and innovative products and services.

Having served the VET community since 2003, Velg Training's national client base represents registered training organisations (RTOs) across Australia, including VET practitioners, teachers, trainers, assessors, TAFE teaching professionals, enterprise trainers and assessors, industry experts and other VET professionals.


Equity VET Student of the Year award sponsor

CQUniversity Australia

Originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967 as the Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) Capricornia, CQUniversity was awarded full university status in 1992, and now has more than 30,000 students spread across 25 campuses and locations Australia-wide. Its remarkable growth in student numbers, new courses, new campuses, infrastructure, research impact and reputation has seen the university emerge as one of Australia's truly great universities.

CQUniversity's unique vision, diversity, outreach, engagement, research, learning and teaching, and inclusiveness have led to it being recognised within the top 500 universities in the world, and among the top 100 universities under 50 years old by the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Community Training Initiative of the Year award sponsor

Health and Community Services Workforce Council

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) is the peak body for the health and community services workforce in Queensland.

We lead and influence workforce intelligence, strategy and capability to position the health and community services workforce to deliver the best outcomes for the people in Queensland.

Our aim is to innovate and deliver services which enable workforces to be well researched, well informed, well planned, well developed, well connected and well resourced to perform.

With a focus on reconciliation and inclusion, we work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community members to deliver unique and comprehensive strategies that support organisations to reflect the cultural context in which they operate.

We work collaboratively with government, industry, workplaces, individuals, education and training providers and other stakeholders to ensure a viable health and community services workforce into the future.

Employer and organisation category sponsors


Large Training Provider of the Year award sponsor

Australian Council for Private Education and Training

ACPET is the peak body representing the private education and training sector in Australia. With 1000 member organisations, located in all states and territories, ACPET is committed to providing a range of quality services to members and ensuring the significant contribution of the private sector to education and training in Australia is recognised.

ACPET's goal is to assist members to deliver quality private education and training services and ensure a level playing field for all providers across all jurisdictions.


Small Training Provider of the Year award sponsor

The Courier-Mail

The Courier-Mail has long been a favourite daily newspaper of Brisbane and broader Queensland. Delivering the latest breaking news across both print and digital platforms, The Courier-Mail continues to drive the public agenda in Queensland.

Sharing the aspirations and values of its readers - and a love for this city and state - The Courier-Mail has a fresh, clean, modern design and is now better positioned than ever to deliver the best daily combination of news, sport, lifestyle, entertainment and business coverage.

In print and digital formats, it attracts a broad audience - from career-climbing professionals and influencers to baby boomers, university students and big-spending affluent Queenslanders.

The Courier-Mail, as part of the News Corp stable of products, is a proud supporter of the Queensland Training Awards.


Large Employer of the Year award sponsor

OSMAC Group Training

OSMAC specialises in various trades including automotive, construction, electrical, engineering, plumbing, warehousing and business admin.

OSMAC takes the hassle out of employing an apprentice or trainee, right from the recruitment process, completing all government paperwork, organising college training, conducting on-the-job assessment, mentoring to improve performance and eventually successful completion.

OSMAC Group Training commenced operations in April 2013 to give the host employer and apprentice a fair go. We understand industry needs and are committed to keep the cost of hiring an apprentice or trainee the most competitive​ on the market so a lot more young people get the opportunity of an apprenticeship or traineeship in their chosen field.

By May 2017, OSMAC proved to be the fastest growing GTO in Australia and had completed 50 apprentices with another 260 apprentices employed in their chosen trade.

At OSMAC we don't want to be the biggest GTO, just the best!


Medium Employer of the Year award sponsor

Jobs Queensland

Jobs Queensland (JQ) provides strategic advice to government on skills demand, future workforce development and apprenticeships and traineeships. Bringing together industry, regions, employers and the community to advise government​​ on the skills needed for the future, JQ is an independent voice to government, a conduit for communication and a vehicle for change.

Some of our work to date includes the development of the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017-20; research and advise to support Queensland's future employment and skilling needs as part of our Positive Futures: Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland project; developing regional approaches to anticipating skills needs; and providing workforce planning advice to potential growth industries and projects, including Tourism, Advanced Manufacturing, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

JQ leads consultation with industry and community to develop place-based approaches to support a skills-driven economy, ensuring the right skills are in the right place at the right time.


Small Employer of the Year award sponsor

Quest Community News

Quest Community News has forged deep bonds with their readers. With 15 printed newspapers across Brisbane, Quest also publishes local news daily online and offers deeper connections to its audience through social media, ensuring readers have access to the news they need, on the platform of their choosing.

Their newspapers are as vibrant as the communities they reflect. Each is proud to provide a sense of belonging for the communities they serve, connect readers to their neighbours and help celebrate the diversity around them. Quest's trusted brands give readers insights into where to shop, work, play and socialise close to home, as well as delivering up-to-date news and sport coverage. Although sharing a common brand, each Quest title is a unique reflection of what's happening within its own immediate community.

Quest Community News is a proud supporter of the Queensland Training Awards.


Premier's Industry Collaboration Award

Advance Queensland

Advance Queensland is the Queensland Government's flagship initiative to drive innovation and turn great ideas into new products, businesses and jobs.

With an inves​tment of $420 million over four years, Advance Queensland is a comprehensive suite of programs, designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.

The programs will drive innovation, build on Queensland's natural advantages, and help raise its profile as an attractive investment destination.

Advance Queensland will position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, industry, universities and government collaborate to turn great ideas into commercial products and businesses that create jobs.

Prize sponsors


Prize sponsor - Apprentice of the Year

KC Tools

KC Tools International was established in 1975 and is a proud Australian owned and operated company.

Since their humble beginnings in Melbourne, KC Tools has grown to include warehousing in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth distributing to a truly national network of over 1000 retailers Australia-wide. In recent years this has grown further to include distributors in New Zealand and Europe.

KC Tools primary focus has always been the service and supply of industrial quality tools to their industrial-based customers, literally keeping the wheels of industry turning.

Loyalty and long-term relationships are a feature of the company, they can boast customers that have been with them for more than 30 years. KC Tools has been working with supply partners in Taiwan, China and Australia, in many cases for more than 30 years of continuous​ business.

Customers are supported and serviced by KC Tools' state-based teams of experienced and fully trained sales representatives. Their availability and delivery are second to none as a result of having four fully-stocked warehouses across Australia.


Prize sponsor - VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Queensland Overseas Foundation

Since 1976 the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) has supported Queenslanders from all trades and vocations to test their wares overseas, to bring back valuable skills and to build global careers that impact the world.

The Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit organisation providing vocational graduates and training professionals with opportunities to broaden their horizons and improve their career prospects by working overseas.

The QOF is sponsored by industry and supported by the Queensland Government. It operates through a Board of Governors representing a range of industries and expertise.


Prize sponsor - Community Training Initiative of the Year

Health and Community Services Workforce Council


Prize sponsor - Medium Employer of the Year

Grafix Garage

Grafix Garage specialises in helping you reach a broader audience through hand-crafted, bespoke design.

Its talented, highly experienced team is driven to help you preform and never solve your needs with cookie cutter, same-same templates. They treat every project as unique, offering a fresh challenge.

Grafix Garage provides a full suite of design, web, multimedia, photographic and illustration services. Working with clients from small business through to large scale government departments and corporate organisations, it aims to deliver high-end, customised results within realistic, affordable budgets.

Grafix Garage - we make art perform.


Prize sponsor - Small Employer of the Year

Portable Creations

Portable Creations is committed to creating, producing and supplying only the best in portable displays and exhibition systems to its customers.

Its comprehensive product range covers all aspects of a project, from beginning to end. It offers a wide range of products and services.

By combining good old Australian service and advice with the latest in overseas and home-grown modular exhibition display technology, Portable Creations pride themselves on delivering solutions tailored specifically to client's expectations and budget requirements.

Portable Creations employees are enthusiastic, motivated and polite, and are proud to deliver the high quality product range and services that all Portable Creations clients have become accustomed to.

Prize sponsor

Davis Strength & Fitness

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Last updated
28 August 2017