Major Training Group is delighted to celebrate its 20-year anniversary as a leading RTO in SEQ.
Founded by father Alex, with Matthew Tenkate standing as Chief Executive Officer, Major Training proudly continues to be a family owned and operated business,
As the business reflects on its past and prepares for the future, CEO Matthew Tenkate would like to take the opportunity to thank the students, employers, and staff who have supported the business through the years:
“A thankyou to all our clients – students and employers. Your feedback and demands have helped shape the business into what it is today.”
“Thank you to our staff – past and present. You have all contributed to the business’s success and our ability to remain within a sector that is certainly tough and ever-changing. Without you, we wouldn’t be here today.”
– Matthew Tenkate, Chief Executive Officer
Achieving 20 years in such a competitive industry is no easy feat, and Major Training Group is celebrating the milestone in style with a new logo that better represents the brand.
A Fresh New Look
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary, Major Training Group is embracing an updated logo that reflects the innovation the business brings to the industry.
It combines some of the elements of the original logo with modern features to denote the evolution of the business.
Matthew states the logo update comes at the perfect time. He hopes it highlights the progression of Major Training not just in size but also brings some recognition to other pillars of the business.
- Traineeships & Apprenticeships
- Industry short courses
- High risk licencing
- Truck licencing
He says, “A lot of people know us for trucks and machinery; when in fact apart from the first few years in business Major has provided more than just truck & machinery licencing”
From Humble Beginnings
A lot can change over 20 years – especially in an industry with ever-changing legislations and demands in the market. Major Training Group has adapted and evolved to these changes to remain an industry leader.
In the early days, a small team of people managed all the ins and outs of Major Training. Now, carefully selected teams manage key parts of students’ journeys.
The type of programs and courses, and how they’re delivered, have also changed over the years. What started as a lot of short programs (whether 1-day or 1-week) has expanded into nationally recognised qualifications that run over several months, or even years.
Major Training Group has adapted to changes in industry legislation and market demands to maintain its place as an industry leader. Major Training is consistently considering factors such as:
- Delivery styles
- Resource and equipment demands
- Technology adoption.
He states the company has always adopted a make-it-happen approach, quickly growing from a small team with a small offering, to operating a diverse and broad-scope educational business.
Highlights Through the Years
As Major Training focuses on exciting goals for the future, it remembers some of the highlights of the past 20 years.
A few key achievements and proud moments of the business so far include:
- Delivery across SEQ – in particular, opening strategically located sites (Morayfield and Dinmore) to support SEQ
- Continuously investing in fleet and resources to lead the market
- Providing training and assessment support for some of Queensland’s largest infrastructure projects – Legacy way, Toowoomba Range, Airportlink, Clem7, Inner City Bypass, etc.
- Winning numerous awards, including Large RTO of the year in 2013
- Completing our 10,000th student through to our 50,000th – and beyond!
- Working for TMR – Queensland department for flood recovery support (after 2011 floods); jobs and driver development programs across SEQ and QLD
- Making of PNG – industry national trainers for oil projects
- Supporting various charity foundations, e.g. purchase and supply of at-home hospital beds for families with children with disabilities – being a foundation supporter of The Cancer Council’s “transport to treatment” program
- Remaining a longstanding RTO (with an early number: 6139) after the many challenges that have faced the education sector
- Creating learning experiences that have changed lives, e.g. women into construction, pathway into full-time positions with a Major employer on a Major project
- Living to their values: Be moral; be proud; be remembered. Always try to do the right thing.
Matthew also notes the “why we do what we do” moments, like hearing about the success of students who came and did a licence or ticket, then progressed onto other qualifications and careers that have taken them to all parts of the country and to many different fields of work.
“We still hear from students who met us in the early years.”
Looking to the Future
So what’s to come for Major Training?
Matthew states a strong focus on further expanding its innovative delivery methods.
He says he would like to see the organisation having a national active footprint, with training hubs accessible to everyone, while finding a balance of digital and hands-on offerings.
There’s a focus on being recognised as the go-to provider, attracting the best training delivery team and support staff, and seeking out the balance of new methods of delivery while keeping the same face-to-face, hands-on service.
Major Training aims to expand its market share across Queensland and interstate, while remaining true to the core values and striving for exceptional service and growth.
In Matthew’s words, the vision of the future for Major Training is to:
“Be proud of what we do. Be remembered by leaving an impact. Be moral by doing the right thing, always.”