THE very best in business and trainee excellence was on show on Saturday night, as the regional finals of the Queensland Training Awards for the south-west and Darling Downs recognised a Chinchilla business.
ENZED Surat Basin, from Chinchilla, beat many other quality applicants for the Small Employer of the Year award and will go to Brisbane for the state QTA finals on September 1.
The ceremony was held at Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba, and managing director Shannon McDermott said the award gave his team confidence they were doing the right thing by their staff.
"The award shows we are doing a little bit more than the average business when it comes to training our staff,” Mr McDermott said.
"We make sure we maintain our staff training.
"You improve your staff skills, they will want to remain with you for a longer period of time.”
In the six years of trade, ENZED Surat Basin has offered school-based traineeships and helped staff achieve a Certificate II and IV in Engineering, as well as one staff member who achieved a Certificate III in Business.
Advancing their staff's skills and training allowed the business to grow and offer more services over the years.
With a staff that was constantly learning new skills, Mr McDermott saidthe pay-off was his business was able to offermore services in the future.
"The end point is we want to increase the capability of what we want to do in Chinchilla,” he said.
"Currently for a lot of high-end maintenance you would have to go to Toowoomba or Dalby but we want to offer that service locally.”