Who, What and Where

In the mid to late 1970s there emerged a realisation in some industry sectors that Australia was going to realise issues in trades skills areas in years to come.

This realisation resulted in the formation of our country’s first Group Training Company formed jointly by Lend Lease and the ACTU.

The Group Training system of employing apprentices is designed to benefit both the apprentice and Host Employer Company in providing opportunity for apprentice training without constraints to the employment relationship yet having available caring professionals who take care of all the paperwork and arrangements.

Group Training is essentially a labour hire system with some distinct differences. 

A true Group Training Company (GTC) will provide full administrative support for both the apprentice and Host Employer; they will arrange all training requirements; the GTC will make available a highly trained and professional Field Officer who will ensure that both the apprentice and Host Employer have the tools and knowledge they need to make the arrangement successful.  And the Group Training Company will provide these services at a low cost to the Host Employer.

GTES was formed in 1985 under the name Riverina Group Training Company.  The original signatories to the Articles for the company were Wagga Wagga City Council, Anthony Burch, Finemores, Hillis Ford, James Barnes, Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Wagga Motors and Hardy's.  The company was created in order to facilitate the employment of apprentices and trainees, making the system easier and more flexible for Riverina businesses.

From humble beginnings, employing an average of 20 apprentices in the first year the company has now managed the successful training of over 4000 people.

In 2004 the company changed our name to GTES (Group Training and Employment Specialists), reflecting our operational diversification into geographic areas outside of the Riverina as well as offering general recruitment, labour hire and payroll services.

Today our company employs over 200 apprentices, trainees and labour hire workers.  We manage the employment and training of these people for over 100 business ranging from large multi-nationals right through to sole traders.