Large Employer of the Year

This award recognises a large business or enterprise that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.

Meet the finalists in the Large Employer of the Year category for the 2023 South Australian Training Awards – truly inspiring organisations!

The 2023 Large Employer of the Year category is proudly sponsored by TAFE SA.

SA Country Fire Service (CFS)

The vision of the CFS is to be the best volunteer fire and rescue service in the world.

The CFS serves communities through dedicated volunteers delivering professional fire and rescue services to outer metropolitan, regional and rural South Australia.

As an all-hazards agency, the CFS responds to bushfires, building fires, road crash rescues and hazardous material emergencies, with CFS volunteers attending around 8,000 incidents and dedicating three million hours each year, for safety and resilience in our communities.

The CFS works alongside the SA Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), the SA State Emergency Service (SES), and local government to reduce fuel and educate the community.

An enterprise registered training organisation since 2000, the CFS offers volunteers and staff nationally recognised training across six qualifications, three accredited short courses, and many units of competency.

Nyrstar Australia – Port Pirie

Nyrstar is an international producer of critical minerals and metals, essential for a low carbon mining future.

Nyrstar Australia is a national multi-metals processing and refining business, operating in Port Pirie and Hobart for over 100 years.

Nyrstar Australia’s Apprenticeship Program in Port Pirie has a legacy stretching from 1949 to today, seeing 1,078 apprentices trained in that time. The company produces lead, silver, zinc and other essential materials to manufacture products we use every day.

More than 90% of apprentices trained through Nyrstar in the past five years accepted a permanent on-site training position, or gained similar employment nearby, continuing to support the Mid-North and Upper Spence Gulf region.

Each year, Nyrstar recruits 16 new first-year apprentices. It currently employs 56 apprentices across fitting and turning, boiler making and electrical maintenance, playing a critical role in increasing the value of minerals and metals across Australia and the world.