Major Training Group https://major.com.au Apprenticeships, Qualifications, Truck, Plant and High Risk Licences Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:19:12 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 #TeamMajor: Charma – Training Manager (Short Programs) https://major.com.au/teammajor-charma-training-manager-short-programs/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:28:24 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16925 They say a company is only as good as its people. Speaking to the staff and trainers of Major Training, it’s easy to see how much of an input they’ve had in the success of the business. General Manager Matthew Tenkate has thanked past and present staff for helping to get Major Training to where […]

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They say a company is only as good as its people. Speaking to the staff and trainers of Major Training, it’s easy to see how much of an input they’ve had in the success of the business.

General Manager Matthew Tenkate has thanked past and present staff for helping to get Major Training to where it is today, and as the business celebrates its 20-year anniversary, we shine the spotlight on the members of #TeamMajor behind the scenes.

Trainer and assessor Charma is one of the many team members who have contributed to Major’s success.

We asked her a few questions to learn what it’s like to work for Major Training, how she came to join the team, and where the business is heading.



How long have you worked with Major Training?

“Almost one year.”

What is your current position with Major Training?

“Training Manager (Short Programs).”

Has this always been your position here?

“No, I originally started as a Trainer and Assessor. I used to look after our Certificate III in Surface Extraction program. I have been blessed to have some fantastic people come through that program who have later gone on to positions within the mining industry. I also taught the Certificate IV and Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety, which is something that I am very passionate about.”

“I applied myself and did my best to represent Major Training’s morals. When the opportunity came up, I applied and was lucky enough to be given the chance.”

What does a normal day in your life look like?

“Early starts! I am normally ensuring that our students and trainers are all happy and well taken care of to start their day off positively. A lot of emails, phone calls and hopefully adding value to what the team does. We are always continuously growing as an organisation in many ways and this takes a village to achieve.”

What made you want to work with Major Training?

“Major Training has a very positive reputation within the industry and if you want to be good at what you do, you have to surround yourself with likeminded people. I saw then and still see the nurturing environment that the Major family create. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that every day?!”

Has working with Major Training been different to what you were expecting?

“Yes! Major Training has a flexibility that I have not had before. The Major family is all about growth, not just for our employees and business, but also for our clients and students. It is this collaborative environment that makes Major Training different from the rest.”

What’s your favourite thing about working with Major Training?

“The support and sense of family that Major delivers to its workforce and clients. This family environment encourages you to strive for better and continually grow.”

How has the business changed since you started working here?

“Over the past 12 months, the business has been focusing on its systems and structure. This has enabled us to deliver the highest quality educational experience to our students.”

What are some of the key achievements/proud moments you’ve had working with Major Training?

“I am proud of the standard of training that I have aided in delivering. I am proud of all of my past students who trusted the Major Training programs and myself as the trainer and have since bettered their career. I am proud of my team for helping me settle into my current position and having such an influence over our package updates.”

If you were to do a course with Major Training, what would you do and why?

“I would do a slewing crane course! Between our High Risk Trainers, we have well over 200 years of experience! I have seen how our team delivers engaging and informative courses and would love to spend a week soaking up the wealth of knowledge.”

Can you (legally) operate any of the heavy vehicles/machinery at Major Training?

Yes, most of the heavy equipment. I come from a mining background so have most machinery qualifications.

Learn more about the past, present, and future of Major Training in our timeline infographic ‘From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over The Past 20 Years.’

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How Trades Have Changed in Australia https://major.com.au/how-trades-have-changed-in-australia/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 23:39:27 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16794 Tradies are as quintessentially Australian as the Bunnings snag, making up almost a third of our workforce. The modern tradie is hardworking, well-educated and professional, with formal qualifications and strict health and safety training under their belt. But have you ever wondered how trades used to look back in the day? It’s pretty safe to […]

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Tradies are as quintessentially Australian as the Bunnings snag, making up almost a third of our workforce.

The modern tradie is hardworking, well-educated and professional, with formal qualifications and strict health and safety training under their belt.

But have you ever wondered how trades used to look back in the day? It’s pretty safe to say the iconic hi-vis wasn’t around. Discover more interesting changes to trades through the years in this infographic.

This infographic was informed by “History of Tradies in Australia” by Professor Miles Lewis, published by Insuranceline.com.au in 2017, and voced.edu.au.


Visit our courses page to discover Major’s wide range of real-world training, including apprenticeships and traineeships, industry short courses, heavy vehicle training, high-risk licensing, plant operator tickets, qualifications and more – or get in touch for more information.

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Major Heroes: Erica – Certificate III in Civil Construction & Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety https://major.com.au/major-heroes-erica-certificate-iii-in-civil-construction-certificate-iv-in-work-health-safety/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:01:44 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16750 Major Training places a lot of importance on its past and present students. Founder Alex Tenkate recalls the proud moment of the company training its 50,000th student in 2013, while general manager Matthew Tenkate believes feedback and demands from students “have helped shape the business into what it is today”. In celebration of Major’s 20-year […]

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Major Training places a lot of importance on its past and present students. Founder Alex Tenkate recalls the proud moment of the company training its 50,000th student in 2013, while general manager Matthew Tenkate believes feedback and demands from students “have helped shape the business into what it is today”.

In celebration of Major’s 20-year milestone, we turn the attention to the ‘Major Heroes’ who have contributed to the company’s success over the years.

As a past student who’s seen professional and personal success from her time with Major, Erica had plenty to share about what it was like training with the business and where it’s taken her today.

What course/s or qualifications did you study with Major Training and why?

Certificate III in Civil Construction – Road Construction & Maintenance

“For the past six years, I have been working in the civil construction industry on a variety of road construction and maintenance projects throughout South East Queensland. As a general labourer, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a number of different roles across a variety of different projects. Having the practical experience as well as a qualification not only helps to secure my employment but also ensures I have greater job opportunities.”

Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

“Having already accepted various safety roles within my position, it was time to entertain WHS as another potential employment opportunity. Not only was this course an entry-level requirement for roles within my career scope, it also allowed me to improve in my current role both as a blue-collar worker and a safety representative.”

Enter & Work in Confined Spaces

“I was required to complete this competency for a major city infrastructure project. Not only is this training essential to ensuring my personal safety but also for the safety of my crew and the general public.”

Licence to Perform Dogging

“I acquired this licence as part of the Certificate III in Civil Construction. As part of the assessment from my trainer, it was agreed that this competency would be particularly important in my position as a labourer and has since proven invaluable and secured my position ahead of those without it.”

“Having the practical experience as well as a qualification not only helps to secure my employment but also ensures I have greater job opportunities.”


What are the key things you learnt?

“For me, the most invaluable information you can learn is in regards to safety. Especially having completed high-risk training and certificate qualifications, the main focus is always safety. There are always ways to improve and for me, it gave me a greater understanding of my obligations as an employee – and of course, the obligations of my employer outside the scope of site/task specific safety requirements. I gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding of how to find information I need and how to approach my employer to communicate correct procedures and safety requirements.”


How has this course or qualification helped you personally?

“Completing the Cert III in Civil Construction and Cert 4 in WHS has helped me understand it is possible to gain skills and qualifications without sacrificing my position or career. I had always believed it was too late for me to obtain a nationally certified qualification in the role I was in and that I would not be able to further my career without having to take a step backwards to do so. This is no longer the case. Major provides a training schedule and environment suited to real construction workers working in the real world. I’ve made contacts through training with Major that have helped me long after I completed my qualifications.”

“Major provides a training schedule and environment suited to real construction workers working in the real world.”


How has this course or qualification helped you professionally?

“Unfortunately, being a woman in a male-dominated industry still affects my potential career opportunities. If you listen to those in the industry, you hear both sides of the debate. On one hand, people say it gives me an advantage as I’m a “protected species” and there is a perception that I will have better opportunities than my male co-workers because of the equality movement and the fear of discrimination.”

“I take a great deal of satisfaction from being one of those women whose experience speaks for itself. Not only do I work in the industry doing the same job as the men in my position, I do it well and I have the qualifications that show I’m not just here to take someone else’s job.”

“When opportunities arise to further my career, having these qualifications puts my name at the top of the list before my gender does. As a labourer, when the time comes to start letting people go, having qualifications, skills and high-risk licenses makes me more valuable than the person standing next to me who hasn’t completed any training.”

“Having the piece of paper isn’t everything and Major Training ensures you also have the practical skills and knowledge to support your qualification.”

“When the time comes to start letting people go, having qualifications, skills and high-risk licenses makes me more valuable than the person standing next to me.”


What made you want to train with Major Training?

“Major Training has been a leading training provider since before I entered the construction industry. Because of this, many of my co-workers over the years have trained with and gained qualifications through Major Training.”

“My position required me to obtain an Enter and Work in Confined Spaces ticket with a requirement for the breathing apparatus competency. Major Training ticked all of the boxes for me as they have a facility on the Gold Coast and also offer CSQ-funded courses.”

“Major Training has been a leading training provider since before I entered the construction industry.”


What was your favourite thing about training with Major Training?

“The trainers. I won the trainer lottery when I enrolled in my certificate courses as both my trainers pushed me to complete the competencies and ensured I didn’t get left behind. They both dedicated their time and tailored each course to allow me to complete the competencies required outside of my work commitments.”


Was training with Major Training different to what you were expecting? If yes, how?

“To be completely honest, when I first enquired about the Cert III in Civil Construction, I expected I would have to go back to school (or an environment of the sort). When I spoke to one of the trainers and he said he could meet me on site and go through the course material, I still expected it to be out of my league. However, after seeing what I do and how I work, he assured me I could complete the qualification quite quickly through RPL. Once I gathered the information I needed, he wasted no time in providing units to complete and organising the additional training I required.”


Upskilling is easy with Major when they provide CSQ-funded courses and recognise your RPL competencies,” Erica says. “Yatala has great facilities, a wide variety of courses and great availability. In my circle, Major is considered a staple in construction training. It would be great to see them expand further into SEQ.”


Learn more about the past, present, and future of Major Training in our timeline infographic ‘From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over The Past 20 Years

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From the Founders: 20 Things We’ve Learnt in 20 Years https://major.com.au/from-the-founders-20-things-weve-learnt-in-20-years/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 02:18:28 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16704 Running a business comes with its successes, celebrations, hurdles, and lessons learnt. As Major Training hits the big 2-0, founder Alex Tenkate and his son and General Manager Matthew Tenkate share 20 things they’ve learnt over the years. Learn more about the company’s journey in this timeline infographic: From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over the […]

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Running a business comes with its successes, celebrations, hurdles, and lessons learnt.

As Major Training hits the big 2-0, founder Alex Tenkate and his son and General Manager Matthew Tenkate share 20 things they’ve learnt over the years.



Learn more about the company’s journey in this timeline infographic:

From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over the Past 20 Years.

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Major Heroes: Ben – Head of Training Delivery https://major.com.au/major-heroes-ben-head-of-training-delivery/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:57:23 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16581 When discussing the company’s 20-year anniversary, General Manager Matthew Tenkate has credited past and present staff for helping get Major Training to where it is today. In celebration of the massive milestone, we shine the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ that have had a hand in Major’s success. Head of Training Delivery, Ben is one […]

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When discussing the company’s 20-year anniversary, General Manager Matthew Tenkate has credited past and present staff for helping get Major Training to where it is today.

In celebration of the massive milestone, we shine the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ that have had a hand in Major’s success.

Head of Training Delivery, Ben is one of the many team members who contributes to the company’s ins and outs daily.

We asked him a few questions to find out what it’s like to work for Major Training, how he came to join the team, and where the business is heading.


How long have you worked with Major Training?

“1 year.”

What is your current position with Major Training?

“Head of Training Delivery.”

What made you want to work with Major Training?

“It’s a longstanding, ethical training provider. I’ve worked in the sector for 12 years for a few different training providers. It was refreshing to find Major.”

What’s your favourite thing about working with Major Training?

“The people. The people actually care about each other and want to do a good job. And the values of the organisation.”

How has the business changed since you started working here?

“Over the past 12 months, the business has focused on traineeships and apprenticeships. We’ve improved our systems, structure and ability to service customers to a high standard.”

What are some of the key achievements/proud moments you’ve had working with Major Training?

“I’m proud of building capacity in the training team, and to build trust with our clients that we can do what we say we do. I feel that in the past 12 months, my team has become more focused on results and is accountable for performance.”

How will you be celebrating your 1-year anniversary with Major Training?

“Keep on making it happen!”

Is there anything else you’d like to say about working with Major Training?

“I love that the values of Major actually mean something. The values are actually a thing! People actually live by them, and it helps me with my decision making!”

Learn more about the past, present, and future of Major Training in our timeline infographic ‘From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over The Past 20 Years.’

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How Apprenticeships Have Changed Over the Past 20 Years https://major.com.au/how-apprenticeships-have-changed-over-the-past-20-years/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:09:14 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16599 Apprenticeships have been a key part of Australia’s approach to skill development and workforce participation for years. Improvements to the apprenticeship system over the past 20+ years have aimed to broaden and enhance the system to benefit apprentices and employers alike. After seeing how far Major Training has come since the beginning, we thought we’d […]

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Apprenticeships have been a key part of Australia’s approach to skill development and workforce participation for years.

Improvements to the apprenticeship system over the past 20+ years have aimed to broaden and enhance the system to benefit apprentices and employers alike.

After seeing how far Major Training has come since the beginning, we thought we’d shed some light on the history of Australian apprenticeships and how they’ve changed for the better over the past two decades.

This infographic is informed by Australian Apprenticeships and research conducted by the National Centre For Vocational Education Research (NCVER).



See why flexibility matters for your apprenticeship or traineeship in this infographic.

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The Future of Major Training https://major.com.au/the-future-of-major-training/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 23:30:38 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16444 With 20 years’ experience under its belt, Major Training continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of an everchanging and competitive market. The respected RTO in Queensland has grown from humble beginnings as a plant hire operation offering short programs (1-day or 1-week) into a broad-scope educational business providing nationally recognised qualifications delivered […]

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With 20 years’ experience under its belt, Major Training continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of an everchanging and competitive market.

The respected RTO in Queensland has grown from humble beginnings as a plant hire operation offering short programs (1-day or 1-week) into a broad-scope educational business providing nationally recognised qualifications delivered over several months or years.

And according to General Manager Matthew Tenkate, son of Founder Alex Tenkate, it’s only the beginning.

We had a chat with Matthew to learn more about the journey of the family business over the past 20 years, key challenges and achievements, and plans for the future.


From Then to Now

“The education market is everchanging; it is not an industry where you can stand still,” Matthew states.

In the early days, Major Training consisted of a small group of people running every aspect of the business. Today, there are teams managing key parts of each student’s journey.

“The business has had to evolve with changing market demands and respond to legislation changes that have affected the business both positively and negatively,” Matthew says.

With this change, Matthew explains, the business has had to respond and advance its delivery styles, flexibility, resources and equipment, and technology adoption.

He also states the company has become more structured and improved its management, saying, “We strategise regularly with our professional advisors to ensure we’re continuously improving and seeking better ways to do things.”

 “We did not set up to fail. We work hard and are always looking for new ways to evolve and meet the demands of the industry,” Matthew says.


Key Achievements

It’s no surprise the team has accumulated a long list of proud moments and noteworthy achievements over the past two decades, some of which include:

  • Expanding delivery across SEQ and opening strategically located sites in Morayfield and Dinmore to support the region.
  • Providing training and assessment support for some of Queensland’s largest infrastructure projects, such as Legacy Way, Toowoomba Range, Airport Link, Clem7, and the Inner City Bypass.
  • Working Department of Transport and Main Roads for flood recovery support after 2011 floods, providing jobs and driver development programs across Queensland.
  • Supporting various charity foundations, including the purchase and supply of at-home hospital beds for families with children with disabilities, and being a foundation supporter of the Cancer Council’s Transport to Treatment program.
  • Winning Large RTO of the year in 2013.
  • Completing 10,000 students through to 50,000 – and beyond.
  • Supporting the development of Papua New Guinea industry national trainers for oil projects.
  • Continuously investing in fleet and resources to lead the market.

Challenges Through the Years

Every business comes across roadblocks and detours – particularly if they’ve been around for as long as Major Training has.

Over the past 20 years, the business has faced a few standout challenges, from the global financial crisis to government changes and council regulations.

Matthew also notes current challenges for RTOs, including overregulation in the industry, the everchanging landscape of funding, and the government’s prioritisation of qualifications.

The team is proud to remain standing as an RTO with the early number of 6139 after the many challenges that have faced the education sector.

According to Matthew, the company’s greatest strengths are evolving with industry, responding to clients, taking feedback, and its continuous search for betterment, along with a make-it-happen culture.


Plans for the Future

Major Training isn’t slowing down any time soon. In fact, Matthew explains future plans include increasing the business’s market share and footprint. And Major is making investments in people, resources, and equipment to achieve those objectives.

The business aims to have an active national footprint with training hubs that are assessable to everyone, while maintaining that critical balance of a digital and hands-on offering.

“We have more opportunity to make a difference – we are more flexible, we are more customer-focused, and we have better facilities,” Matthew says.

If you’re looking for a trusted RTO in Queensland, check out our courses and qualifications online or call 1300 790 822 to speak to our friendly staff.

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Major Heroes: Tony – Training Assessor, Load Shifting & Driver Development Program https://major.com.au/major-heroes-tony-training-assessor-load-shifting-driver-development-program/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:22:41 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16361 Speaking to the staff and trainers of Major Training, it’s easy to see why General Manager Matthew Tenkate greatly credits them for contributing to the company’s success. As the company celebrates its 20-year anniversary, we shine the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ that have helped get Major Training to where it is today. Tony is […]

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Speaking to the staff and trainers of Major Training, it’s easy to see why General Manager Matthew Tenkate greatly credits them for contributing to the company’s success.

As the company celebrates its 20-year anniversary, we shine the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ that have helped get Major Training to where it is today.

Tony is one of the many members of the team.

He’s a training assessor in load shifting and the driver development program.

We asked him a few questions to find out what it’s like to work for Major Training, how he came to join the team, and where the business is heading.



How long have you worked with Major Training?

“3 years.”

What is your current position with Major Training?

“Training assessor in load shifting/driver development program.”

Has this always been your position here?

“I was first employed as a heavy vehicle driver trainer, and with my prior load shifting experience, I was appointed to role of load shifting trainer.”

What made you want to work with Major Training?

“It’s a well-established and reputable larger training company.”

What’s your favourite thing about working with Major Training?

“Being given a chance to share my knowledge and skills to new trainers.”

How has the business changed since you started working here?

“It has a more positive image and approach to improving trainees’ overall experience whilst attaining new skills.”

What are some of the key achievements/proud moments you’ve had working with Major Training?

“Acknowledgement from students of their positive achievements with their newly gained skills.”

How will you be celebrating your 3-year anniversary with Major Training?

“Very quietly.”

Is there anything else you’d like to say about working with Major Training?

“It has been a positive and rewarding career move to experience great results for trainers, myself, and the business.”

Learn more about the past, present, and future of Major Training in our timeline infographic ‘From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over The Past 20 Years.’

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From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over the Past 20 Years https://major.com.au/from-humble-beginnings-major-training-over-the-past-20-years/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:32:43 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16289 20 years in business is no easy feat – especially when you’re in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry. As we celebrate 20 years as an RTO, we look back on the Major Training story so far, and all the special moments that got us to where we are today.

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20 years in business is no easy feat – especially when you’re in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry.

As we celebrate 20 years as an RTO, we look back on the Major Training story so far, and all the special moments that got us to where we are today.


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Major Heroes: Jim – Carpentry and Concreting Trainer https://major.com.au/major-heroes-jim-carpentry-and-concreting-trainer/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:55:38 +0000 https://major.com.au/?p=16263 As General Manager Matthew Tenkate has said, Major Training wouldn’t be where it is today without its past and present staff and trainers. To celebrate 20 years as an RTO, Major Training is putting the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ who have contributed to the business’s success. Jim is one of the many members of […]

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As General Manager Matthew Tenkate has said, Major Training wouldn’t be where it is today without its past and present staff and trainers.

To celebrate 20 years as an RTO, Major Training is putting the spotlight on the ‘Major Heroes’ who have contributed to the business’s success.

Jim is one of the many members of the Major Training team.

He’s a carpentry and concreting trainer who has been with the company for two years.

We had a chat to Jim to learn a little more about what it’s like working for Major Training, what brought him to be with the business, and how the business is changing for the better.


How long have you worked with Major Training?

“2 years.”

What is your current position with Major Training?

“Carpentry and concreting trainer.”

Has this always been your position here?

“Yes – as well as Cert III in Civil Construction.”

What made you want to work with Major Training?

“Change of careers.”

What’s your favourite thing about working with Major Training?

“Teaching young apprentices about carpentry and concreting techniques that they otherwise would never have learned & seeing them grow into their chosen career.”

How has the business changed since you started working here?

“It has grown into other trade areas, developed better resources, and the accountability has improved immensely.”

What are some of the key achievements/proud moments you’ve had working with Major Training?

“Teaching unemployed and young people new skills and showing them the benefits of working in the construction industry.”

How will you be celebrating your 2-year anniversary with Major Training?

“A coffee and a pat on the back.”

Is there anything else you’d like to say about working with Major Training?

“It’s great to see positive changes taking place.”

Learn more about the past, present, and future of Major Training in our timeline infographic ‘From Humble Beginnings: Major Training Over The Past 20 Years.’

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