Train to retain is the key

ENERGY and resources focused construction and services company Ostwald Bros is a state finalist in the 2011 Queensland Training Awards after winning Employer of the Year in the South West Region.
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Ostwald Bros human resources manager Rohan May

Staff Reporter

Ostwald Bros chief executive officer Brendan Ostwald said he was proud to receive the nomination recognising Ostwald as a top regional employer for providing training opportunities to its 500 strong workforce.

“Because we’re based regionally and the bulk of company projects take place in remote locations, we’ve adopted a policy of ‘train to retain’,” Ostwald said.

“At any one time, one in four of our employees will be in training and this could include everything from tertiary scholarships to on-the-job instruction.

“I’m pleased that our efforts to continue extending and improving the skills of our staff have been recognised.”

Ostwald said the company’s achievement of zero time lost to injury over the past two years was a testament to the training procedures the company had in place.

He said other benefits included a higher level of expertise and time efficiency.

The family-owned company, based in Dalby, specialises in regional and remote service delivery incorporating coal seam gas services, mining support and regional infrastructure.

Its capabilities include structural concrete construction, premix concrete supply, quarry materials and transport including coal haulage.

Ostwald Bros employs a range of apprentices and trainees to maintain and operate its fleet including fitter and turners, diesel fitters and boiler makers.

The company was one of 57 state finalists chosen from more than 750 nominations state-wide and will now compete for the state title in Brisbane on September 2.