Acacia Ridge is now home to two Construciton Skills Queensland Excellence Award winners with local Penny Cornah announced as the recipient of the Civil Contractors Federation Award for Construction Professional of the Year and TAFE Queensland SkillsTech taking out The Construction Training Centre Award for Registered Training Organisation of the Year.
The Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland – Executive Director and the educational institute were presented with their Awards in front of an industry crowd at a gala event in Brisbane on Friday 25 November.
The Construction Professional of the Year Award recognises the achievements of construction professionals who advocate for training excellence within their organisations, while the Award for Registered Training Organisation of the Year recognises outstanding innovation and excellence in training.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Penny and SkillsTech stood out from the competition in a very competitive field of entries. 
“The judges noted Penny’s commitment to maintaining working relationships with stakeholders and providing active encouragement to her team. Her career at Master Plumbers has shown her to be a very strong leader,” he said.
“SkillsTech continues to raise the bar. Their onsite industry and community engagement model is highly effective, with a strong emphasis on the pastoral support of students. They also use their profile to raise industry awareness around safety and wellbeing.

Mr Schimming highlighted the outstanding ongoing success of the Awards.
“The CSQ Excellence Awards continue to grow in popularity every year. This year’s field of entrants come from all corners of the state and have a diverse range of backgrounds,” he said. 
“Our nominees share a common commitment to training and a strong desire to reach their full potential.
“We are entering an exciting phase in the construction industry as new technologies begin to transform many traditional building methods. At CSQ, we are at the forefront – leading the industry to success and quality outcomes by building a skilled workforce for the future.
“Against this backdrop of change, it is more important than ever that we invest in training and build a highly skilled, innovative workface.

The CSQ Excellence Awards attracts around 650 guests and honours the training and skilling achievements of students, schools, trainers, training organisations, industry employees and employers.”
Notes to Editors

  • The 2016 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards took place on Friday 25 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  •  CSQ’s CEO Brett Schimming and award winners are available for interview 
  • High-res images of the CSQ Excellence Awards and winners are available

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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.
For further information about CSQ’s services visit or call 1800 798 488.