Major event sponsor
News Corp Australia
News Corp Australia continues to be 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 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.
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 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.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is a not-for-profit, private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Queensland's tourism and hospitality industry.
We 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 membership comprises more than 3,000 regional members (individual and corporate) alongside 13 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) and 18 industry sector associations. 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.
CPX Printing & Logistics
CPX Printing & Logistics is proud to be a Brisbane born and bred printing company. Offering the latest in digital print technology, with 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.
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 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 needs is, we would love to assist. We love being creative and would love to design something to suit your needs.
Novotel Brisbane South Bank
Opening in May 2018, the Novotel Brisbane South Bank is perfectly placed close to the Brisbane River to make your Brisbane stay memorable, whether doing business or taking a breather.
A short walk to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Beyond the Centre, you'll enjoy stunning views, lush parklands, superb dining experiences, fine galleries, and the riverbank Streets Beach.
Nearby, the seven hectares of beautiful Musgrave Park host some of Brisbane's vibrant annual festivals and events. Dine in, where the fresh, local cuisine at Spice Central will delight you. When you want to relax, laze around our outdoor pool or re-energise in the fitness centre. No matter how well you know Brisbane, Novotel Brisbane South Bank will help you see it with fresh eyes.
Individual category sponsors
Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award sponsor
Construction Skills Queensland
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is proud to be a long-term sponsor of the Queensland Training Awards.
Funded by an industry training levy, CSQ is here to help the construction workforce connect with the skills and training they need. CSQ knows how important it is to invest in skills, so its mission is to make it easier by subsidising training costs and connecting people with registered training organisations.
CSQ also works collaboratively with industry to future-proof the building and construction workforce through evidence-based reports, information sharing and regional skills planning.
Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award sponsor
BUSY At Work
With more than 40 years' experience, and more than 45 offices across Australia, BUSY At Work is a trusted not-for-profit organisation that provides employment and apprenticeship programs for Indigenous Australians, school students and mature-age workers; and disability employment services.
BUSY's approach to Australian Apprenticeship Support Services, jobactive Employment Services, Transition to Work Services and Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices illustrates BUSY's commitment to providing sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities to local communities.
An innovative leading provider, 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 providing housing and assisting job seekers.
Vocational Student of the Year award sponsor
TAFE Queensland is proud to be the largest and most experienced training provider in the state, delivering practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates and apprenticeships to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations in Queensland.
TAFE Queensland offers flexible and tailored training solutions across more than 500 program areas. Training can be delivered on site, online, in the workplace, or on campus to give people the skills they need to enrich their communities, support their industries and strengthen their local economies.
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 6,000 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 businesses 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 is one of Australia's largest private building and construction companies. Established in 1912, it now has over 1,400 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 in 2011 and 2017 – recognising the company's innovative workforce development efforts aimed at raising the capability and capacity of its employees and subcontractors.
Equity VET Student of the Year award sponsor
CQUniversity Australia is Queensland's first comprehensive university, offering certificate I through to doctorate courses and programs since its 1 July 2014 merger with CQ TAFE. With more than 300 courses on offer, CQUniversity provides a one-stop shop for students and employers alike.
CQUniversity Australia is committed to expanding learning opportunities for individuals, communities and industry across central Queensland and beyond. The institution builds on 125 years of training excellence at CQ TAFE and ensures that every student, at every stage of life, can be comprehensively skilled up for their chosen career.
Employer and organisation category sponsors
Community Training Initiative of the Year award sponsor
Training & Assessment Mentor (TAM)
Training & Assessment Mentor (TAM) is an industry leading provider with a reputation as a passionate, focused and flexible RTO. TAM delivers nationally accredited qualifications across general and civil construction and business services industries.
TAM's vision is to be the best training provider in industry, focusing on best practice delivery in an environment that supports upskilling and continual improvement.
TAM develops training after consultation involving both the employer and the employee and takes pride on teaching what is important to each business.
TAM's head office is located in Redcliffe, and services all regions throughout Queensland, with a great team of trainers to address training needs.
The team at TAM embraces social responsibility and builds relationships through trust and mutual respect.
Large Training Provider of the Year award sponsor
The Courier-Mail has long been the voice of Queensland daily newspaper. 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 Brisbane city and the 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 is a major part of the News Corp stable of products and is a proud supporter of the Queensland Training Awards once more.
Small Training Provider of the Year award sponsor
ITECA (Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia)
ITECA is the peak body representing the private education and training sector in Australia. With 1,000 member organisations, located in all states and territories, ITECA 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.
ITECA'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.
Large Employer of the Year award sponsor
OSMAC commenced operations in April 2013 and quickly grew, by word of mouth, a reputation of employing quality apprentices and trainees at a competitive price.
Over their six year history, OSMAC has grown to more than 600 employees and the happiest workforce of apprentices and trainees, plus host employers, who see OSMAC as a real alternative to hiring direct. You'll have full support from their Care Managers and a qualified councillor who truly understand the needs of industry and know how to inspire your OSMAC apprentice or trainee to perform at his or her best. Making the process simple while still giving you full control. Do yourself a favour and check out their website.
Medium Employer of the Year award sponsor
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.
It is a conduit for communication and strives to be a vehicle for change.
Jobs Queensland's work focuses on understanding future skills demand across industries and regions; assisting Queensland business, industries and regions to plan and develop their workforces; and building on the strength of the state's apprenticeship and traineeship system.
Jobs Queensland 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 build around a skills-driven economy, providing opportunities and advantages for all Queenslanders.
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.
Prize sponsor - Large / Medium Employer of the Year
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
With over 25 years of industry experience, Portable Creations has established itself as Australia's leading supplier of portable display stands and exhibition systems.
We provide award-winning solutions for complete mobile marketing displays and are committed to creating and producing the very best in portable display technology. Portable Creations is an innovative company; we make sure that our product is on point with the latest trends, ensuring your business stands out from your competitor.
By combining exemplary service and years of knowledge, with the latest in overseas and home grown portable display technology, we deliver solutions tailored specifically to our clients' expectations and budget. No matter what you require, from a large-scale portable exhibition stand to a simple pull up banner, we have a complete range of products and services.
Portable Creations is 100% Australian owned with our production facility and head office based in Sydney, and our professional network of sales and support officers located in Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
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 - Apprentice of the Year
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 1,000 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.