16 / August / 2017

Region’s top trainers eye state titles


Posted 16 August 2017

Everton Hills-based electrical contractor Tradesmen on Time is among the regional winners of the Queensland Training Awards, which will vie for the state titles next month.

A total of 11 students, trainers and organisations from the Metropolitan region took home honours at an awards ceremony held at Brisbane’s Hilton hotel.

Other local winners included: Better Together (Community Training Initiative of the Year), Annalea Hembrow - Coffee Club Central Lakes (School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year), Siobhan Hayter from Caboolture (Trainee of the Year), Georgie-Leigh Snow from Upper Caboolture (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year).

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath says it is exciting that the Metropolitan Queensland training sector will be showcased at a state level.

“This annual awards program highlights excellence, best practice and innovation in Queensland’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

“The Queensland Training Awards are an important part of this commitment and the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to create jobs now and into the future.”

Tradesmen on Time Director and Operations Manager, Chris Lehmann, says that he is thrilled to have won the Small Employer of the Year category.

“We have a passion for mentoring and advancing the trade; this is a great platform to promote both, and of course our business as well,” Mr Lehmann said.

“Our philosophy is that we aren't just ‘producing’ tradespeople or being employers, we're also mentoring and trying to produce good citizens,” he said.

He explains that training is an important part of the business, and is integrated into day-to-day operations to help improve overall performance.

“We have regular performance appraisals where areas of need are identified and a training plan formulated. We also have fortnightly staff meetings and each of these has a safety and skills training subject that is addressed.”

The team at Tradesmen on Time, along with fellow category winners from across the region, will attend the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner on 1 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“We're taking the team along to thank them for their efforts and to hear the inspiring stories of the other individuals and businesses,” Mr Lehmann said. “It will be a great team-building exercise, and any other success will just be a bonus.”

For further information on the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner visit https://training.qld.gov.au/qta/award-ceremonies/gala-dinner

A full list of the Metropolitan regional winners is available online.



- Photos thanks to Tradesmen on Time