Everton Hills Business wins the National Small Employer of the Year Award

Local Everton Hills business Tradesmen on Time are the winners of the 2017 Australian Training Awards.

Their category is the Small Employer of the Year, defined as less than 19 full-time employees.

Skilling Australia is the awards theme, and Chris Lehmann, (the Co-Director and Operations Manager of this Everton Hills electrical contracting company) is one of trainings’ most passionate advocates.

“Winning the Queensland Small Employer of the Year Award in September was massive. But now, this result is such an acknowledgement of our commitment to training staff, particularly young female and male apprentices,” said Chris Lehmann.

“We’re all watching STEM creating ideas to fuel future projects, where science meets business. The building and engineering trades are the practical applications of STEM in the economy. We want our electrical trades of the future to be equipped and ready to go,” said Chris.

“We believe training is not just about ensuring a standard of excellence at work, but nourishing personal development, and each individuals’ awareness of their role and contribution as part of a community. An attitude I hope they will keep for life,” said Chris.

“We’re a firm of electricians, but a goal of our training is to support the whole person to grow, be self-reliant and autonomous, as well as end up exceptionally highly skilled.”

And Tradesmen on Time walk their talk: hosting up to 40 work experience students over the last 7 years, and producing a number of award winning apprentices. The delivery of training includes topics such as safety training and technical specifics, feedback and mentoring as well online upskilling, and personal development; inhouse, onsite and in conjunction with other training providers.

“For us, as employers, our Membership of Master Electricians Australia provides vital support keeping up to date with technical advice and safety,” said Chris.

National President of Master Electricians Australia, Tony Arnold, says: I can think of no one more fitting to be an advocate to small business for the promotion of VET to the small business sector.

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