Komatsu named Large Employer of the Year in NSW Training Awards

Komatsu was recently named 2022’s New South Wales Large Employer of the Year for their company-wide learning and development programme

Komatsu Australia’s team accepting the Large Employer of the Year award at the 2022 NSW Training Awards. From left: Matthew Tosolini, national technical capability manager, Kirstyn Clarke, training administrator, and Mary Huxtable, national people development manager.

"Being recognised as the Large Employer of the Year for 2022 is a proud achievement. It highlights the great efforts we go to as an organisation to develop our people to be industry leaders, equipped to tackle the future challenges facing our industry," says Komatsu Australia managing director & CEO, Sean Taylor. 

Komatsu’s national technical capability manager, Matthew Tosolini, was on hand to receive the award and commented, "We view our training programmes as more than just education programmes. We invest in our people as long-term team members for the success of our business and industry."

Matthew Tosolini pictured holding the Large Employer of the Year 2022 Award

"In 2009, we ran our first pilot of our Apprentice Development System (ADS) programme designed around our commitment to train, develop, and engage apprentices nationally, despite the fluctuations brought on by industry peaks and troughs. The first intake of the new programme completed their qualifications in 2013 and many of them continue with the business today," says Matthew.

As part of this new approach, Komatsu wanted to equip apprentices and trainees with important life skills. These included mental health awareness, public speaking, road safety and fatigue management, drug and alcohol awareness, and a variety of business skill sets.

After the apprentices have finished their qualifications and are employed as skilled technicians, their training continues to remain a focus of the Komatsu Training Academy and Technical Capability Team.

"We’ve designed a professional development programme that’s adult-learning centric. It comprises 70% experience, 20% practical assessment, and 10% classroom-based learning,"
says Matthew.  

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