Ever seen sparks fly when a tradie doesn’t show up as promised? Chris Lehmann has—so much so that he founded Tradesmen on Time to build a team of sparkies and apprentices committed to providing outstanding technical skill and top customer service.

A small electrical contracting firm providing electrical, data and air conditioning services in greater Brisbane, Tradesman on Time has created a strong training and professional development culture. Indeed, employees spend 680 hours a year on average developing skills.

‘We’re accredited master electricians and so maintain standards surpassing industry requirements,’ says Chris.’ We work in a high compliance industry and vocational education and training (VET) is central to achieving this. It develops first-class skills.’

Tradesman on Time takes safety so seriously it’s a member of the Master Electrician Safety System.

‘We undertake regular training in the latest safety gear, procedures and techniques,’ says Chris. ‘We also develop detailed risk assessments to protect our team, our clients and their families.’

Developing the next generation of electricians is a massive motivator for Chris, who is a long-term member on the Master Electrician’s Board. The company’s values—do it right, on time, add value—incorporate training. Its innovative approach includes weekly toolbox talks, videos, guest speakers, refresher training, online upskilling and mentoring.

Tradesmen on Time hosts school students in work experience programs and Chris is energised by talking to schools, sharing his passion for his trade. ‘It’s fantastic that our work experience students, apprentices and trainees are regular award winners in our industry,’ he says.

A contact encouraged Tradesmen on Time to enter the Queensland Training Awards where it won 2017 Small Employer of the Year. Later the same year, Tradesman on Time represented Queensland at the Australian Training Awards and topped off their win at the state finals by taking home the national Small Employer of the Year accolade.

‘We initially didn’t feel we had time to apply but then decided to give it a crack,’ says Chris. ‘It was an informative process of self-analysis and reflection on another level. I’d encourage other businesses to give it a go. Winning has bumped our brand awareness and has given our team a great sense of pride.’

Chris advises those who own or manage businesses to invest in teams, systems and training, to meet business objectives. ‘VET is our first choice for employee training,’ says Chris.

As an Australian VET Alumni member, representatives from Tradesmen on Time will continue to talk to schools and businesses to spread the word about the value of VET.

In the meantime, it’s onwards and upwards for Tradesman on Time, with no job too big or small.

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