Our valued sponsors

A big thank you to our 2023 program partner and sponsors for their commitment to celebrating excellence in vocational education and training and the skilled Queenslanders.

Program partner

The BUSY Group
13 BUSY (13 28 79)

The BUSY Group is leading the way in apprenticeship, employment and training solutions. A home-grown Queensland business offering a range of services and programs nationally, BUSY is committed to having more people in jobs, more people learning new skills and more communities exposed to positive change, in partnership with employers and industry.

The BUSY Group is a not-for-profit organisation providing apprenticeship support services, employment and training solutions, and a comprehensive approach to workforce management.

Dedicated to our Queensland communities, The BUSY Group reinvests into initiatives and programs that support youth and disadvantaged community members.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award sponsor

Construction Skills Queensland
1800 798 488

Construction Skill Queensland (CSQ) helps apprentices, workers and employers get the skills, training and work tickets that they need to keep growing.

CSQ partners with selected registered training organisations to fund important courses and training that will meet the current and future needs of the construction industry.

They work with industry across Queensland, designing local training solutions for individuals, businesses and projects in each location.

The building and construction world is always changing. CSQ-funded training can be the key to staying ahead of the competition, winning new work and being ready for new opportunities.

Explore all the funded courses available in your area through the CSQ course selector on their website or by giving them a call.

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award sponsor

BUSY At Work
13 BUSY (13 28 79)

BUSY At Work has been instrumental in supporting Queensland businesses and job seekers with skills development, recruitment and employment support for over 4 decades.

A trusted not-for-profit organisation and a part of The BUSY Group, BUSY At Work delivers a range of Australian and state government funded skills and employment programs, and is the longest serving and leading Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider in Queensland.

BUSY At Work's vision is to have more people in jobs, more people learning new skills and more communities exposed to positive change.

Vocational Student of the Year award sponsor

TAFE Queensland
1300 308 233

TAFE Queensland is the state's largest, most experienced training provider delivering practical, industry-relevant training at 50-plus campus locations across the state.

Offering more than 500 qualifications ranging from foundational skills and entry-level certificates through to bachelor degrees, each year TAFE Queensland delivers training to over 129,000 students across a range of industry areas.

With a wide range of study options available, TAFE Queensland provides individuals with training options for every stage of their career, while giving employers skilling solutions that are responsive to workforce needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award sponsor

Apprentice Employment Network
1800 819 747

The Apprentice Employment Network (AEN) Qld and NT is the peak industry body representing group training organisations, with the largest group of employers of apprentices and trainees. Their network of employers supports more than 4000 apprentices and trainees across all Queensland regions and the Northern Territory, from cities to remote communities.

As a voice of industry providing support and leadership to their members and the community, AEN assist with establishing and maintaining connections between apprentices, trainees and employees.

AEN is honoured to again be a category sponsor of this year's awards as they continue to recognise and celebrate the great achievements of apprentices, trainees, students and employers.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award sponsor

Hutchinson Builders

Hutchinson Builders is Australia's largest privately owned construction company. Over 110 years and 5 generations, they've placed family values at the core of every structure, every team, every task – leaving behind a rich history and constructing a bright future ahead.

With offices across the country, Hutchies truly is your local, national builder – delivering across all markets, all scales and in any location. They have a team of 1,500 people, a balance sheet of around $350 million and a turnover that exceeded $2.8 billion in 2021–22.

In 2017, they won the prestigious Large Employer of the Year award at the Queensland and Australian Training Awards – the second time after winning in back in 2011. This award recognises Hutchies' innovative workforce development efforts aimed at raising the capability and capacity of its own people and the broader construction industry through subcontractor and supplier skills creation.

Equity Student of the Year award sponsor

13 27 86

CQUniversity has become a beacon for removing participation barriers to world-class training, education and research, particularly amongst under represented groups and under serviced communities.

Today the communities we serve are being transformed as a result of the bold measures put in place over the past decade. CQUniversity has emerged as one of the most exciting young universities in the world and while our journey so far has been rewarding, we are far from reaching our destination.

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award sponsor

AADA College
1300 022 320

The Australian Academy of Dental Assisting (AADA) College is a Queensland-based registered training organisation – founded in 2016 by a dental practice owner to provide quality, practice-based training to the dental industry.

AADA College continues to focus on providing the highest quality training to students seeking to secure employment as a dental assistant, upskilling those who have been working without formal qualifications and increasing the amount of trainee dental assistants.

Focused on employment outcomes for its students, AADA College's vision is to be regarded as the preferred industry training provider, producing work-ready graduates of the highest quality.

Community Training Initiative of the Year award sponsor

(07) 3105 8300

CheckUP is an independent, not-for-profit health organisation committed to creating healthier communities and reducing health inequities.

CheckUP's suite of health workforce programs – Choose Your Own Health Career, Grow Your Own Workforce, Health Gateway to Industry Schools project and the Health Industry Skills Advisory program – are an exciting addition to their diverse range of initiatives being implemented across Queensland.

With health services facing growing demand, an increasingly complex service environment and workforce shortages, CheckUP is committed to supporting the health sector to attract and develop a future workforce with industry-backed resources and more contemporary and innovative workforce planning models.

Large Employer of the Year award sponsor

Mas National
1300 627 628

Mas National (Mas) exists to create and support workforce employment, development and growth opportunities for individuals, employers and communities. In collaboration with business, government and industry, Mas works to equip Australia's workforce with the skills they need to grow.

Mas' willingness and ability to approach each stakeholder as unique, means their services and solutions are tailor-made to each and every customer. Mas' personalised approach enables them to be flexible, adaptive and serve all equally well.

Through experience, Mas has developed the understanding and expertise to work with a variety of clients, from school leavers and career starters to those changing careers, from small business to larger corporates. Mas is committed to delivering better workplace solutions for individuals and businesses through apprenticeships and other workforce participation programs across all industries.

Medium Employer of the Year award sponsor

OSMAC Apprenticeships
1300 676 222

After 9 years in business, OSMAC Apprenticeships has grown to be Queensland's largest employer of apprentices without any advertising, just word-of-mouth recommendations from happy host employers and the happiest workforce of apprentices.

OSMAC offers more support to their apprentices and has earned a reputation for being "the best because we care".

Small Employer of the Year award sponsor

Building Industry Training
1300 655 835

With trainers and assessors having an average of 30 years' trade experience and current QBCC trade contractor licences, Building Industry Training practices an ongoing commitment to quality training.

Building Industry Training understands that employers don't have time to lose their apprentices and trainees for weeks at a time to classroom-style training. That's why they offer on-the-job training so you and your apprentice can get the right training, expertise and be up-to-date with industry insights and knowledge.

Onsite training is provided for brick and block layers, carpenters, concreters, solid plasterers, painters, tilers and water proofers.

Training is available in, but not limited to: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, the Fraser and Capricorn Coasts, Mackay and Far North Queensland

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award sponsor

Jobs Queensland
(07) 3151 5596
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Jobs Queensland provides independent expert advice to the Queensland Government to help foster a skilled and productive workforce for Queensland, now and for the future.

The organisation is a conduit for communication and strives to be a vehicle for change.

Its work focuses on:

  • understanding future skills demand across industries and regions
  • assisting Queensland businesses, industries and regions to plan and develop their workforces
  • building on the strength of the state's apprenticeship and traineeship system.

The organisation partners with industry, unions, employers, regions and the community to deliver meaningful, relevant and evidence-based advice.

Together with its partners, Jobs Queensland is helping to shape a prosperous future for Queensland built around a skills-driven economy providing opportunities and advantages for all Queenslanders.

Welcome reception sponsor

MTA Queensland
(07) 3237 8777

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is the peak body representing the interests of employers in the retail, repair, and service sectors of Queensland's automotive industry. MTA Queensland has been performing its vital representative role for the automotive industry since 1929.

In Queensland there are some 16,000 automotive businesses employing more than 90,000 people, that generate more than $7.24 billion to the state economy annually. The automotive industry is estimated to contribute $37 billion to the Australian economy each year. MTA Queensland represents and promotes issues of relevant to all levels of government.

Through advocacy and consultation, MTA Queensland works closely with governments both state and federal, and other decision-makers, to shape policy development and ensure positive outcomes for the industry.

Dinner sponsor


Year13 connects schools, educators, industry, and government by vertically integrating the school-to-work transition. Through our Career Education SaaS we develop personalised post-school plans, e-learning, micro credentials and virtual job experiences to 1,200 high school students, 600,000 student profiles and an online audience of 1.6 million Gen Z Australians.

To learn more about how we connect Gen Z with career and education opportunities, contact us at info@year13.com.au.

Entertainment sponsor

Queensland Tourism Industry Council
(07) 3236 1445

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is Queensland's peak tourism industry body and the leading advocate for Queensland's tourism and hospitality sector. They represent the interests of the state's more than 60,000 tourism businesses.

As a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation, QTIC provides members with a voice to government, networking opportunities, industry updates and access to unique training and business programs.

Print sponsor

CPX Logistics
(07) 3221 1212

CPX Printing and Logistics is a proud Queensland company based within 5 kilometres of the Brisbane CBD.

With more than 25 years of success in the Brisbane market, CPX is always looking to the future and what technologies are on offer to ensure they stay cutting edge.

CPX produces high-end offset, digital and large format print products, with all print, finishing and binding completed in-house to guarantee quality.

From business cards, mailouts, brochures and magazines, to shop front signage, event props and office decorating, CPX can do it all – and do it well.

Prize sponsor

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships
13 15 59

The Sarina Russo Group is a global leader in education, training and employment. It comprises Sarina Russo Job Access, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs, Sarina Russo Institute, and James Cook University – Brisbane.

Our daily mission is to help apprentices, students and participants overcome challenges to realise their career ambitions. Every day our employees continue to constantly innovate to deliver exceptional recruitment, education and training services to all clients, candidates and students.

The Sarina Russo Group is dedicated to making a difference every day to someone's life one job at a time.

Prize sponsor – Individual

MEGT (Australia) Ltd
13 69 63

MEGT is a not-for-profit organisation which has been supporting employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students for almost 40 years. We now have more than 400 staff operating from almost 60 offices across the country, along with a team of local apprenticeship experts who are dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities in which they live and the businesses which operate there.

Our local apprenticeship experts work across every state in Australia, helping businesses, apprentices and trainees get the most from the Australian Apprenticeships program.

Our focus is on delivering the highest standard of service in every aspect of our business. Our commitment to quality and ongoing improvement is reflected in our attainment of world-standard qualifications in areas such as data protection, quality management and cyber security.

Prize sponsor – VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award

Queensland Overseas Foundation
0409  629 538

The Queensland Overseas Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. It provides vocational education and training graduates and professionals with the opportunity to broaden their vocational horizons and improve their career prospects by working overseas.

Established in 1976, the foundation 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 – Large and Medium Employer of the Year award

Grafix Garage
(07) 3844 8344

Boring is bad for business! In a world of same-same solutions, Grafix Garage will help you stand out from your competitors and drive your dollar further.

Grafix Garage is a small agency with big experience in both digital and analogue environments. They know how to deliver the indefinable essence of “good” while never losing sight of service.

At Grafix Garage they are all about giving you control. They will put you back in the driver's seat with websites that work and design that delights.

Grafix Garage makes art perform.

Prize sponsor – Small Employer of the Year award

Portable Creations
1300 136 005

With over 25 years' industry experience, Portable Creations has established itself as Australia's leading supplier of exhibition systems, marketing solutions and portable display stands. Portable Creations is 100% Australian owned with its production facility and head office based in Queensland, and a professional network of sales and support offices located in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

Portable Creations are committed to producing the very best in portable marketing solutions, while providing a high level of customer service. Their wide range of products can be used to create exhibition and trade show stands, portable display stands, outdoor display stands and shopping centre marketing.

Last updated 23 August 2023

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