BTF's Achievements Awards Recognise Extraordinary Workers

BERT Training Fund (BTF) recognised the accomplishments of workers in the construction industry at this year’s Achievement Awards ceremony on 11 June.

The awards recognised three workers who went above and beyond their roles to make a positive contribution to the industry. Achievement Award Judge, Tom Brown was very pleased to see so many people applying in different categories.

“A couple of the applications stood out and it’s good to see in this day and age, young guys working very hard and doing extra study. It made it very difficult to decide the winners.”

The aim of the wards is to promote and advance Vocational Education and Training (VET) in construction.

According to former CTQ Director, Greg Shannon the awards are important to the industry because they don’t just recognise apprentices and trainees but target individuals within the industry who provide support.

“We started off with the idea that there were plenty of awards that recognised people being trained (apprentices) but there were no awards around at that time (1990s) that recognised organisations or individuals that provided the support and training to apprentices” he said.

A number of industry figures attended the ceremony in support of the scheme which brings together workers, employers and other stakeholders to recognise the efforts of key individuals. Construction Skills Queensland Director Greg Simcoe said the awards are a way of encouraging people to stand out.

“When talent stands out you want to encourage it and get them to stay in the game. Every industry needs new ideas and initiative. Some people think you can develop that through a university course and in some industries you probably could but in this industry it’s got to come from the ground up,” he said.

The Winners in each category (L-R)
Lachlan Evans - The CTQ Academic Achievement Award - Superior Walls & Ceilings
Nathan Willemse - The CTQ Excellence "Despite Adversity" Grants - Heinrich Contractors
Paul Pask - The Patrick Hoiberg Excellence Award in Mentoring - PHP Contractors

Important Information for Worker Grant Applicants

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Training reimbursement funds distributed by the BERT Training Fund Worker Grants Program are for the acquisition of new skills and not the recognition of existing competency or work experiences. Therefore, the costs associated with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are not eligible for reimbursement. Applicants are advised to check with their training provider to determine whether their training outcome includes any recognition of prior learning measures. Where recognition of prior learning has been undertaken, applicants will be required to provide a schedule separating RPL and training costs to enable consideration of their application.

Additional Documentation Required

From 1 July 2015, all new Worker Grant applications will require a copy of the applicant's bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers as well as the standard documentation.

Third Grant Requirements

From 1 July 2015, new applicants will be eligible for a third grant provided that the total funding amount for the previous two grants was below $1500.