10 / September / 2018

Queensland’s top trainers take to the stage


Posted 10 September 2018

Brendale business Spencer Constructions has been crowned Small Employer of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards after taking out the regional title earlier this year.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recognised all 14 category winners for their contribution to the State’s economy at the Awards ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday night (8 September).

“The Queensland Training Awards winners and nominees from around the State represent the strength of our economy, and I congratulate everyone who has participated,” the Premier said.

Proving that small business can excel at a state level, Spencer Constructions’ Business Operations Manager, Stuart Spencer, says that the growing company values developing its people and retaining them.

“It is important for us to identify motivated apprentices who want a career in the construction industry,” Mr Spencer said.

He also highlighted the need to “engage and develop apprentices continually” when it comes to the business' future success.

“Supporting our qualified carpenters to undertake their builder qualifications allows us to develop a great depth in our building knowledge and experience. This continual development provides us with a wealth of internal people to promote into higher positions as we continue to grow.”

Rewarding excellence in the VET sector

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the Queensland Training Awards demonstrated the range of ways vocational education and training (VET) contributed to career development.

“It is tremendous to see such diverse training courses and businesses represented, from construction, health, automotive and farming to hospitality and community services.

“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.”

Queensland winners

The 2018 Queensland Training Awards received more than 840 nominations, and the 85 finalists received regional awards.

The overall winners are:

  • Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award: Mabel Park State High School’s Health Hub
  • Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year: Christopher Knight, Aspley (Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology with TAFE Queensland)
  • Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year: Kathleen Jones, Jarvisfield (Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology with Ramsden Telecommunications Training)
  • Vocational Student of the Year: Odin Lowsley, Currumbin (Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE Queensland)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Meagen Beaumont, Kirwan (Certificate III in Health Services Assistance with Connect ‘N’ Grow)
  • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Lachlan Darr, Oakey (Certificate III in Agriculture with Rural Training Australia)
  • Equity VET Student of the Year: Corina Macpherson, Labrador (Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) with FSG Australia)
  • VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year: Leanne Morgan, Ravensbourne (with TAFE Queensland)
  • Large Training Provider of the Year: TAFE Queensland
  • Small Training Provider of the Year: Institute of Culinary Excellence at Coorparoo and Kelvin Grove
  • Community Training Initiative of the Year: Running Wild Youth Conservation Culture Inc on Macleay Island
  • Large Employer of the Year: Pullman Cairns International
  • Medium Employer of the Year: SunPork Farms, Tong Park at Warra on the Western Downs
  • Small Employer of the Year: Spencer Constructions at Brendale, north Brisbane

Twelve of the winners, including Spencer Constructions, will now go on to represent Queensland at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November, 2018.

For more information about the Queensland Training Awards, visit the official website.

MATES charity event

Spencer Constructions not only has an award-winning training focus but is a big supporter of, and advocate for, mental health awareness.

Next month, the business is holding a charity dinner and auction to raise funds for the MATES in Construction charity, for suicide prevention and mental health in the Queensland construction industry.

The ‘Mates in Construction Charity Dinner’ will be held on Friday, 19 October at the Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill. Find out more information online.


Pictured: Spencer Constructions' Owners Liv and Ben Spencer celebrating at the Awards ceremony