Small Employer of the Year Award presentation – 2018 Australian Training Awards

Small Employer of the Year Award presentation – 2018 Australian Training Awards


– As Minister Cash makes
her way back to the stage can we please give a very warm welcome and round of applause to Mr.
Chris Lehmann, owner of Tradesmen On Time, the 2017
winner of this category. A wonderful, wonderful
category and he’s in the audience this evening. (crowd applauses) Minister, welcome back. – Thank you very much. (applause) – The small employer of the year, wow. Small and family enterprises,
more than seven million Australians going to
work tomorrow, working in Australian small business and they are. A round of applause for
every small business man and woman in the room. (applause) And for the seven million plus family and small business operators and staff members that are working for them. It is just great. Some incredible finalists
in this category. Minister you’re ready, let’s
have a look at who they are. (instrumental upbeat music) – Founded in 2012, Spencer
Constructions has grown from a one person
business to an enterprise currently employing 14 staff. with 80% of its tradespeople
currently undertaking nationally accredited
training, it credits its very low staff turnover
rate to its strategic staff development and succession plan. For Carol Rees, training her
CAJ Hair and Beauty Studio staff to engage with their
clients while offering them experienced fashion, style
and treatment advice has paid handsome dividends. Today, CAJ, in the heart
of Hobart, is a thriving business employing 19 staff
of which six are apprentices. Canberra based painting
and decorating business, Rick Maier Pain Plus has been
in operation for 12 years. Over that time, owner Rick
Maier has trained and employed nine Australian apprentices,
all of whom have graduated with the skills required
for a successful career in the painting industry. Together, Rick and his team have won multiple industry
commendations and awards. – Some remarkable finalists
and administers Spencer’s Construction from the
great state of Queensland, CAJ Hair and Beauty Studio
from Tasmania, another great state of Tasmania and Rick Maier from Rick Maier Paint Plus, just fantastic. The envelope Minister. (cheering) – Thank you team. And
ladies and gentlemen, as the Minister for Small and
Family Business, I am absolutely delighted to
announce that the 2018 Small Employer of the Year Award goes to Spencer’s Construction from Queensland. (electronic music) (applause) (music continues) – So I’m Benjamin Thomas
Spencer, I’m the owner and director of Spencer
Constructions based in Queensland. Look firstly I’d like to thank
the Australian government, the Australian Training Awards
for what has so far been pretty an extravagant event. They’ve made us feel very
welcome the last couple of days. I’d also like to thank
the Queensland government, the Queensland Training
Awards and their pathway to get us here. A big thank
you to our staff, they’ve been very receptive of the training. We’ve tried to impli- oh,
we’ve tried do it the last couple of years and without
them we would not be here. We are a family owned
business, my wife works in the business, my mother works
in the business and my father Stuart here works in the business. (applause and cheering) But my biggest thank you
of all tonight actually goes to my father, Stuart. Without him, we would not be here. He’s put it countless hours.
He’s been in there early, he’s been in there late the
last few weeks and without him we wouldn’t be here. So, it’s a real privilege
to get this award but this award is for him.
So thank you very much. (applause) – Congratulations and
well done. And Minister, thank you so much for
presenting these awards with us. You will be back up on stage

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