Our valued sponsors

A big thank you to our 2024 program partner and sponsors for their commitment to celebrating excellence in vocational education and training and the skilled Queenslanders.

Program partner and 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, 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.

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.

Vocational Student of the Year award sponsor

TAFE Queensland
1300 308 233

TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced training provider in the state, with a proud history of serving Queensland's communities for more than 140 years.

Each year over 126,000 students train with TAFE Queensland at one of more than 60 locations across the state.

TAFE Queensland offers a huge range of in-demand study areas with more than 500 courses to choose from, ranging from entry-level certificates through to apprenticeships and bachelor degrees.

Helping people of all ages start, change or progress their careers, TAFE Queensland offers a practical and flexible approach to learning.

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.

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 Training Provider of the Year sponsor

Civil Safety
1300 248 457

At Civil Safety, we understand the critical importance of workplace safety. We offer a diverse range of training options and invest heavily in technology and our online delivery to ensure quality training outcomes can be achieved in a time frame to suit our client's needs.

With a solid reputation built over decades, we are one of Queensland's leading Registered Training Organisations (RTO 32381) for the mining, civil construction and correctional facilities.

Each year, we provide safety and operational training to thousands of people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our expert trainers bring real-world experience to the classroom – ensuring our students graduate ready for work with the skills, confidence and qualifications required for safe and compliant operation in dangerous environments.

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

13 27 86

CQUniversity Australia has one of the largest footprints of any university in Australia, proudly offering a wide variety of TAFE and university qualifications. This year CQUniversity is proudly celebrating 10 years as Queensland's only dual-sector university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and embedded with social innovation skills to prepare you with relevant and practical skills employers want.

Awarded 5 stars for employment rates and starting salaries (The Good Universities Guide 2023), CQUniversity can help you be what you want to be.

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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Queenslanders need a reliable source of workforce insights to make the best decisions for their future. Jobs Queensland is proud to be a trusted, independent advisor to Queensland on skills and workforce issues.

Jobs Queensland provides the evidence and intelligence our state needs to shape a better future for Queensland. Our work focuses on:

  • supporting the delivery of the Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032
  • fostering a skilled and productive workforce for the changing economy, inclusive growth and jobs of the future
  • strengthening the state's vocational education and training (VET) system
  • building capability and resilience in Queensland’s industries and regions.

Together with our partners, we will shape advice and priorities to facilitate a cohesive and capable Queensland workforce for the future.

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 is the automotive industry's direct access to government, representing industry to shape policy development and ensure positive outcomes.

MTA Queensland also offers a suite of nationally accredited automotive apprenticeships, traineeships and training through its training arm, the MTA Institute (RTO. 31529). Delivering industry leading training in light vehicle, electric vehicle technology, heavy vehicle, motorcycle, automotive body repair, refinishing and agricultural machinery, MTA Institute offers training one-on-one in the workplace, and at the state-of-the-art training facility in Brisbane.

Print sponsor

CPX Logistics
(07) 3221 1212

CPX Printing and Logistics is a proud Queensland company.

With over 26 years of success in the Brisbane market, CPX is accredited in both quality and environmental practices, assuring we do what we do, we do well whilst being environmentally conscious and friendly.

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 does it all, with quality and personalised service with a smile guaranteed.

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 26 June 2024

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