3 / August / 2018

Brendale business named among best trainers


Posted 3 August 2018

Brendale-based Spencer Constructions is among 11 metropolitan winners heading to the state finals of the Queensland Training Awards next month.

Brisbane’s best trainers, trainees and apprentices were recognised at a stellar awards night on Friday, 27 July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Spencer Constructions, a family-owned business, took out Small Employer of the Year, while ‘CityCat’ boat construction company, Norman R. Wright & Sons, took out the gong for Medium Employer of the Year.

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace represented Minister for Training and Skills Development, Ms Shannon Fentiman at the finals.

“Well done to the winners and all nominees - your hard work certainly doesn’t go unnoticed,” Ms Grace said.

“Shining a light on each of the finalists’ stories demonstrates how Queensland’s training is setting our state on course for a strong future.”

The 11 Metropolitan Queensland winners are:

  • Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year: Christopher Knight from Aspley (Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology)
  • Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year: James Barker from Herston (Certificate III in Hospitality)
  • Vocational Student of the Year: Patricia Arora from Tamborine Mountain (Diploma of Community Services)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Lilly Graham from Bellbird Park (Certificate IV in Business)
  • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Alby Gillis from South Maclean (Certificate III in Screen and Media)
  • Equity VET Student of the Year: Helene Heath from Cleveland (Certificate I in Business)
  • VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year: Lou Marks from Forest Lake (Institute of Management)
  • Community Training Initiative of the Year: Multicultural Community Centre Ltd in Newmarket
  • Large Employer of the Year: The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in Windsor
  • Medium Employer of the Year: Norman R. Wright & Sons (Qld) Pty Ltd in Murarrie
  • Small Employer of the Year: Spencer Constructions (Brendale)

Ms Fentiman said the 11 winners would represent Metropolitan Queensland at the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner on 8 September in Brisbane.

“Celebrating the fantastic work so many people are doing in Queensland’s training sector is important, as the state needs more skilled workers and businesses that support people to build careers in their industry,” she said.

Spencer Constructions was also a finalist at the recent Telstra Business Queensland Awards (Queensland Small and Succeeding category).

Find out more

For further information on the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner visit the official website. A full list of the Metropolitan Queensland finalists is also available.