Qld Construction Company Takes out National Employer of the Year Award for Second Time
4 Dec 2017
Proud Queensland construction business Hutchinson Builders has again taken out the premier industry-training award, Large Employer of the Year, at this year’s Australian Training Awards, which they previously won in 2011.
Hutchies is Queensland’s largest privately owned construction company, with over 1,400 employees and over 3,500 active subcontractors and suppliers. They invest heavily into education and training to ensure people currently working in the industry, and those seeking to work in construction, are getting the best possible support and skills to succeed.
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has fostered a long-standing partnership with Hutchies on a range of different projects and programs that benefit the industry to assist new entrants to find pathways into construction, ensure we have a diverse workforce, and offer training opportunities for existing employees to work on major projects.
Hutchies has a specialist workforce development team committed to providing industry-based training to existing workers and new entrants on construction sites throughout Queensland. The National Training Manager, Alan Waldron, was proud to have won this award for the second time as it highlights Hutchies’ commitment to developing its most valued resource – its people.
“Our continuing partnership with CSQ over the past 10 years has significantly contributed to our win. One of the five key actions in our Workforce Development Strategy is sustaining our operations through key funding partnerships such as the one with CSQ”, he said.
“It allows us to effectively develop the capacity and capability of both our own employees and our broader Hutchies ‘family’ – our subbies and suppliers’.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said it was fantastic to see a leading Queensland construction company win this prestigious award, especially up against big national brands like McDonalds and Treasury Wine Estates. This win provides further evidence that the construction industry is a great place to work and build a career.
“Now is the time to continue to support skills development and training to ensure we have the right people and skills for the future, and this is why it is so great to see construction companies like Hutchies continuing to invest in their people”, he said.
“Dedicated workforce development programs mean we can better train and mentor apprentices, trainees and other staff and get them engaged in upskilling and training opportunities.”
CSQ is committed to working with industry to promote the sector as a great place to launch your career, and continuing to work with employers like Hutchies in attracting new entrants and creating a skilled workforce that values investing in skills and training.
“We are committed to providing programs and services that benefit the industry, and regularly engage companies to ensure we are using industry-led strategies to increase the skilling ability of the industry’, Mr Schimming said.
CSQ funds a variety of programs to assist those looking for a start in the building and construction industry, and can help connect career seekers and current workers with the skills and training they need to invest in their career.
For further information about careers in construction, visit www.csq.org.au or call 1800 798 488.
About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry. CSQ’s mission is to build a skilled workforce that meets the evolving needs of the industry. We support training to ensure the rights skills, at the right place, at the right time with a focus on upskilling. We operate across the building and construction industry in Queensland to build capability at every level of business by connecting people with the training they need.
For further information about CSQ’s services visit www.csq.org.au or call 1800 798 488