General Info

About Us

In September 1999, the Master Builders Association recognised the need to establish a local specialised building industry training scheme.

This scheme would ensure that dedicated staff and committed members of the building community would guarantee the longevity of the building industry in the Hunter. The scheme would employ and train young people, with a fresh, hands-on approach to youth employment and education in the wider Newcastle region.

Now Newcastle MBA Group Training is the acknowledged industry training body of apprentice/trainee for the area's Building and Construction industry, boasting over 160 apprentices and over 100 host employers.

We provide a dynamic and integrated program for persons wanting a head start (and qualified training) in the region's building industry. Apprentice/trainees learn practical skills, combined with an accredited education program in their chosen trade.


MBA Group Training goes further than the extra mile. We’re kilometres ahead of the rest.

Core Services for Host Employers: (and the extra few miles...)

Recruitment of new apprentices

Our continual intake consists of only the highest calibre applicants. We will never offer you mediocrity.


Let us do the sums for you. The admin, the work cover, the insurance and the fine print. We want our Apprentices to maximise your valuable time, so let us handle the red tape.


Combining theory with your practical expertise, we arrange for TAFE classes and education in your trade. Your apprentice will be learning on and off the job –leave the off part to us.


Sometimes it’s hard to get what you want. But not with MBA Group Training. We will source Host Employers for those Apprentices with particular interests in the industry.


We have trained staff in legal issues, HR and environmental departments. The Group Training network and support base is the best resource for both you and your apprentice.

We pride ourselves on a high level of commitment and dedication to Group Training from all members of staff. If you have any queries or simply want to know more about the Group Training Scheme, please contact us on (02) 4979 0170.


Our qualified staff will be more than happy to assist you with your questions:

Brett Lester


(02) 4979 0176

Megan Read

Office Manager, Accounts & Administration

(Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Only)

(02) 4979 0178)

Ilana Howard

Recruitment, Careers & School Liasion

(02) 4979 0177

Rachael Wheeler

Project / Admin Officer

(Tuesdays & Fridays Only)

(02) 4979 0179

Alisha Howard

Senior Payroll Officer

(02) 4979 0175

Gabrielle Harden

Payroll Officer

(02) 4979 0170


Privacy Policy for Apprentices, Trainees and Clients

Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes are committed to protecting your privacy and any personal information we collect. We comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This privacy policy explains how we may collect, use, disclose and otherwise handle personal information.

How we collect your personal information

Generally, the type of personal information we collect about you is the information included in your application or resume, for example, your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, career history, details of any competency tests or other information relating to your career. For host builders we need business name, contact details, ABN number, trade referees and description of major work performed.

Where practical we collect your personal information directly from you. We may collect personal information about you when you deal with us by telephone, letter, fax, e-mail.

In some circumstances, we may also collect sensitive information about you such as information about your previous work history; your health (including any disability), your racial or ethnic origin or any criminal record that you may have. Where we collect this type of information we will obtain your consent. We collect personal information for any one or more of the following purposes:

There may be occasions when we obtain personal information about you from a third party; for example, from your nominated referees; when receiving the results of a competency test; or obtaining performance feedback about your work. If we don’t have your prior consent, we will take reasonable steps to inform you that we have collected personal information.

If you do not provide us with the information we seek we may be limited in our ability to assist in your training and development.

How we use and disclose your personal information

We may use and disclose your personal information for the purposes it was collected or for a related or ancillary purpose such as providing you with one of our services.

We may disclose your personal information to:

If we engage third party contractors to perform services for us (eg. Apprentice assessments) which involves handling personal information we take reasonable steps to prohibit the contractor from using personal information except for the purposes for which it was supplied.

Gaining access to information we hold about you

You can gain access to the personal information we hold about you by verbal or written request.
We will deal with your request to provide information within a reasonable time.

Keeping your personal information up-to-date

The accuracy of your personal information is important to us. We will take reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is accurate, complete, up to date and not misleading, and also relevant for any purpose for which we use or disclose it. We also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your details, if your personal information changes please contact us and we will endeavour to update and correct the information. We may also contact you from time to time to check the information is still correct.

Security of your personal information

Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes take all reasonable steps to ensure the security of our system. Any information which we hold for you is stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities. Your personal information may be stored in hardcopy or electronically. In addition, our employees and the contractors who provide services related to our information systems are obligated to respect the confidentiality and privacy of any personal information held by Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes.

However, Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes will not be held responsible for events arising from unauthorised access of your personal information.

Privacy and Site Changes

Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes reserves the right to review and amend this Policy without notice. This Policy was last updated in July 2014. Revised versions will be updated on the site. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement from time to time as it may be updated.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with Newcastle MBA Group Training Schemes, you can contact us in the following ways:

Telephone: (02) 4979 0170

Newcastle MBA Group Training
Level One
165 Lambton Road

Provision of Copy of Privacy Statement

If you require a hard copy of this Privacy Policy or a copy in some other format to suit your particular needs please contact us using any of the methods detailed in the “Contact us” paragraph above, and we will arrange for a suitable copy to be provided to you.

  • Brett Lester

    Operations Manager, MBA Group Training

    (02) 4979 0176

  • Megan Read (Maternity leave Jan-July 2017)

    Office Manager, Administration and Accounts

    (02) 4979 0178

  • Ilana Howard

    Recruitment, Careers & School Liasion   

    (02) 4979 0177

  • Rachael Wheeler

    Project / Admin Officer

    (Tuesday's & Friday's Only)

    (02) 4979 0178  

    • Gabrielle Harden
    • Assisting you in finding or retaining work;
    • Assisting in your career performance;
    • Any test or assessments you may undertake;
    • Helping in work rehabilitation;
    • For host builders, to provide you with the most appropriate employee.
    • Potential employers;
    • Our related entities, for example, the MBA Registered Training Organisation and other MBA GTO’s (NSW)
    • Depending on the circumstances, to the Department of Education and Training and the State Training Authority for registration and statistical purposes;

Contact Us

Make an enquiry

165 Lambton Rd
Broadmeadow NSW 2292