The hunt is on for the Queensland construction industry’s brightest stars, with nominations now open for the 2016 Construction Skills Queensland Excellence Awards.

Members of the local construction industry are encouraged to nominate apprentices, trainees, schools, trainers, training organisations and employers they feel deserve recognition for their training achievements. 
Over the last two decades, the CSQ Excellence Awards have grown to become the construction industry’s most prestigious and celebrated awards program.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the Awards provide an opportunity to honour those who have made an important contribution to Queensland’s building and construction industry.

“For 21 years, the CSQ Excellence Awards have shone a spotlight on the hard work that takes place in our industry on a daily basis but is often taken for granted,” he said.

“This could be an apprentice who has overcome challenges to complete their training, a company embracing new technology in their training programs or an inspiring supervisor who leads by example.
“We encourage individuals and organisations in the Queensland industry to nominate and tell us their stories.”
This year the Awards have introduced a new Innovation in Construction Training category which recognises employers who are utilising cutting edge training methods.
The simple online application process means applicants can submit details at any time of day to suit them with assistance available during business hours if needed. Nominations close 5pm Friday 16 September.
The website also provides the opportunity to purchase tickets to the gala awards evening. Tickets for the CSQ Excellence Awards are now on sale for $175.00 per person or $1600.00 for a table of 10.

The awards night will be held on Friday 25 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information about the Awards contact CSQ on 1800 798 488 or visit:

2016 Award Categories

Stars of 2016 – Outstanding Individual Achievement

  • Hutchinson Builders Award for Construction Indigenous Person of the Year 
  • National Association of Women in Construction Award for Construction Female of the Year
  • Civil Contractors Federation Award for Construction Professional of the Year
  • Master Electricians Association Award for Construction Trainee or Apprentice of the Year
  • All Trades Queensland Award for Construction School Student of the Year
  • Construction Trainer of the Year 

Excellence in Construction Training

  • Construction School of the Year
  • ​Registered Training Organisation of the Year
  • Innovation in Construction Training

Employer Commitment to Training Excellence

  • Watpac Employer Commitment to Training Excellence – General Construction (up to $20 million turnover)
  • Major Training Group Award for Employer Commitment to Training – General Construction (over $20 million turnover)
  • Employer Commitment to Training Excellence – Civil Construction (up to $20 million turnover)
  • Evolution Training Award for Employer Commitment to Training Excellence – Civil Construction (over $20 million turnover)

Judges’ Outstanding Achievement Award


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors





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Luke Burrows, PPR, 07 3309 4714, 0410 620 202,

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.