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Nominations for the 2017 Annual Achievement Awards are now closed

The BERT Training Fund manages a series of Annual Achievement Awards to acknowledge the enduring contribution of Construction Training Queensland (CTQ) to the development of the building and construction industry. These Awards are open to all existing workers and employers within the Queensland construction industry.

The award categories are:

  • The Patrick Hoiberg Award for Distinction in Mentoring (Award value up to $5,000)
  • Award for Merit Despite Adversity (Award value up to $5,000)
  • Academic Encouragement Award (Award value up to $5,000)

Office Closure over Christmas

The BERT Training Fund’s office will be closed over the Christmas period from 12pm 23rd December 2016 and will reopen Tuesday 4th January 2017.


Wadsworth Group receives BTF funding to upskill

BERT Training fund (BTF) regularly organises courses for Queensland and Northern Territory construction workers looking to upskill themselves.
Six employees from Wadsworth Constructions received funding for a Work Safely at Heights course through Prosafe Training.

The Wadsworth group said they had only recently heard about BTF but looked forward to using the fund to help upskill themselves further in the future.
"It’s always good to take the opportunity to upskill yourself when you can. It makes you more employable and serves as a tipping point if an employer ever has to choose between you and another candidate," they said.

"Employers will always prefer someone who has more skills and are better qualified…so opportunities like this one are good to take."

The course was run at the Construction Training Centre (CTC) through the Hot Leasing initiative. The scheme was introduced last year to provide registered training organisations and their students with state-of-the-art facilities, designed and installed specifically to cater for high risk work licence and construction safety courses.


CTC Chief Executive Officer, Phil Diver said the initiative has been a significant game changer for the industry.
“No longer does an RTO delivering short-course training have to make large investments in assets that will lay idle for significant periods of time,” he said.
“Hot Leasing is flexible, and affordable, allowing RTOs to concentrate on what they do best – delivering the training”.

The course was organised by BTF’s Workforce Development Manager, Michael Booth who is responsible for coordinating a number of different training sessions throughout the year.

If you are a BERT member looking to do some training call BTF for more information about our training grants on 07 3833 1191.


BTF helps CFMEU to Raise $34,000 for Breast Cancer

BERT Training Fund proudly supported the CFMEU NT Social Club’s annual McGrath Foundation Pink
Stumps 20/20 cricket day.

Over $34,000 was raised for breast cancer making CFMEU the number one contributor in the country!

The day itself was a cracker with the ETU beating the CFMEU in a tight contest by 16 runs.