Our valued sponsors

A big thank you to our 2021 program partner and sponsors for their commitment to celebrating excellence and the skilled Queenslanders we need to recover and thrive beyond COVID-19.

Program partner

The BUSY Group
13 BUSY (13 28 79)

The BUSY Group is leading the way in apprenticeship, employment and training solutions — providing employers with customised solutions for their current and future workforce needs and helping people realise their potential.

A home-grown Queensland business that offers 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 vocational training solutions to business, and a comprehensive approach to workforce management dedicated to our Queensland community.

The BUSY Group reinvests in initiatives and programs that support and assist youth, First Nations people and disadvantaged community members.

State Final event sponsorMEGT (Australia) Ltd

MEGT Australia
13 MEGT (13 6348)

MEGT is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting employers, apprentices and trainees for almost 40 years.

They offer a free service, providing:

  • sign-up and registration of apprentices and trainees
  • assistance with government financial incentives that may be available
  • ongoing contact and support for employers, apprentices and trainees
  • accurate and efficient processing of training contracts and incentive claim forms.

With a dedicated local presence in every state – backed by national administration teams that continuously exceed government quality and compliance benchmarks – they are your local apprenticeship experts.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year Award sponsorConstruction Skills Queensland

Construction Skills Queensland
1800 798 488

Construction Skill Queensland (CSQ) helps apprentices, workers and employers get the skills, training and work tickets 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.

CSQ works 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 the CSQ website.

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award sponsor

BUSY At WorkBUSY 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, BUSY At Work delivers a range of national and state government funded skills and employment programs and is the longest serving and leading Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider in Queensland.

A part of The BUSY Group, an organisation who provides a continually growing range of complementary education, employment and skills training programs and initiatives across Australia, BUSY At Work's vision is to have more people in jobs, more people learning new skills and more communities exposed to positive change.

TAFE QueenslandVocational 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 more than 50 campus locations across the state.

Offering in excess of 500 qualifications, ranging from foundation skills and entry-level certificates through to bachelor degrees, each year TAFE Queensland delivers training to more than 109,000 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 affording employers skilling solutions responsive to their workforce needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award sponsor

Apprentice Employment NetworkApprentice Employment Network
1800 819 747

The Apprentice Employment Network is Queensland's largest employer network of apprentices and trainees. The Network comprises more than 6,000 apprentices and trainees employed or managed by group training organisations across Queensland.

The Network plays a significant role within Queensland, employing around 500 skilled staff and providing services to more than 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.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award sponsor

Hutchinson BuildersHutchinson Builders

Hutchinson Builders is Australia's largest privately-owned construction company. Being in business for over 100 years, with five generations of family ownership, family values are at the core of every structure, every team and every task – leaving behind a rich history and constructing a bright future.

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 1,400 people, a balance sheet of around $330 million and a turnover that exceeded $2.8 billion in 2019–20.

Hutchies' innovative workforce development efforts are aimed at raising the capability and capacity of its own people and the broader construction industry, through subcontractor and supplier skills development. This has been recognised at regional, state and national levels, with Hutchinson Builders winning the prestigious Large Employer of the Year award at Metropolitan region, Queensland and Australian Training Awards in 2017 – the second time after winning the award in 2011.

Equity VET Student of the Year Award sponsor

CQUniversity AustraliaCQUniversity Australia
13 27 86

CQUniversity Australia can help you be what you want to be

CQUniversity Australia prides itself on inclusivity, offering a wide variety of TAFE and university qualifications with seamless pathways between short courses, certificates and diplomas, through to undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees.

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses designed with industry that provide them with up-to-date, real-world knowledge and skills. Students can elect to study on campus at one of CQU's many locations or online, benefiting from ongoing support and the flexibility to study where and how it suits their circumstances.

CQUniversity Australia is proud to be a recognised local TAFE provider in locations across Australia, delivering industry-aligned courses enabling students to graduate job ready.

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year Award sponsor

AADA CollegeAADA College

AADA College's ethos is simple: QUALITY training. REAL results.

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


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 growing health service demands, a service environment with increasing complexity and workforce shortages,

CheckUP is committed to supporting the health sector to attract and develop its future workforce. They do this by providing industry-backed resources and adopting more contemporary and innovative workforce planning models.

Medium Employer of the Year Award sponsor

Mas NationalMas National

Mas exists to create and support employment, development and growth 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, offering services and solutions tailor-made for each and every customer.

Through experience, Mas has developed the understanding and expertise required to work with a variety of clients, from school leavers and career starters to those changing careers, and for a range of businesses from small business to larger corporates.

Mas is committed to delivering better workplace solutions for individuals and businesses through apprenticeship and trainee programs across all industries.

Small Employer of the Year Award sponsor

Building Industry TrainingBuilding Industry Training
1300 655 835

Building Industry Training practice an ongoing commitment to quality training through their experienced trainers and assessors who hold current QBCC trade contractor licences and individually average 30 years' trade experience.

Building Industry Training offer on-the-job training for apprentices, ensuring no lost time to old-style classroom training. Employers can feel safe in the knowledge their apprentices receive the right training and expertise while keeping up to date with industry insights and knowledge.

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

Training is available, 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 QueenslandJobs Queensland
(07) 3294 4706

Jobs Queensland supports Queensland to maintain and develop a highly skilled and resilient workforce to meet the needs of industry and individual aspirations now and into the future.

It provides independent expert advice to the Queensland Government on future skills needs, future work and workforce planning for a future Queensland.

Its work supports economic recovery and jobs of the future, a strong vocational education and training system, and the building of capability and resilience in industries and regions.

Jobs Queensland undertakes engagement and has partnerships with industry and the community to deliver its research and market intelligence.

Entertainment sponsorQueensland Tourism Industry Council

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Print sponsorCPX Printing & Logistics

CPX Logistics

Prize sponsor - VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year awardQueensland Overseas Foundation

Overseas Foundation

Prize sponsor - Small Employer of the Year awardPortable Creations

Portable Creations

Last updated 7 October 2021

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