Brandons Case Study




Bespoke steel fabrication and welding company Brandons depend on MIGAS as its preferred Group Training Organisation (GTO) to recruit and manage apprentices for the business’ steel fabrication arm. Previous MIGAS apprentices still work at Brandons today in pivotal roles, and several had an instrumental impact on helping the company innovate and become more efficient.

MIGAS has spent the last two decades building a sturdy partnership with the Brisbane-based electrical contractor, helping dozens of apprentices find a home at Brandons to kickstart their careers.

Brandons Workshop Supervisor Mark Coward knows MIGAS better than most, having risen through the ranks of his trade after completing his boilermaker apprenticeship with the GTO sixteen years ago.

“We have such a strong relationship with MIGAS that we’ve never had to look elsewhere. Whatever we ask of them they will quickly find a solution for, and it’s been impressive to watch their business evolve over the years along with industry,” said Mark.

“It’s great to know we can quickly call MIGAS when we win a contract and tell them exactly who we are looking for - whether that be a second or fourth year apprentice - and know they will come through for us. We’ve found the team easy to work with and it has to be said they have sturdy processes in place to support their host employers.”

Mark said the regular visits by MIGAS Field Officers helped keep their apprentices on track and committed.

“Those meetings to set goals and talk about their progress and challenges really mean something. It’s also convenient working with the team at MIGAS - particularly knowing they will be on hand to look after the training component,” he said.

MIGAS also went above and beyond to help rotate some of its apprentices going through a quiet patch with other host employers to spend short stints with the Brandons team.

“It was really helpful to gain extra support for a short time in a way that also delivered for the apprentices themselves to round out their skills and experience, and this process was completely managed by MIGAS,” Mark said.


Previous MIGAS apprentice Evan Pollard installing a cover area at the Park Centre for Mental Health in Wacol.


There are several previous MIGAS apprentices currently in key roles at Brandons, including estimator Jacob Osborne who progressed from apprentice to Mark’s leading hand and eventually moved on to his current role.

The success stories don’t stop there, with previous MIGAS apprentice André Jones leaving Brandons to eventually run major mining construction projects in Port Headland and Darwin.

The long-established Brisbane company also said welcoming MIGAS apprentices on board had resulted in an abundance of fresh energy and ideas that had helped shape the business for the better.


Previous MIGAS apprentices Ben Curtis, Jacob Osborn, Mark Coward and Nick Clark at a job for Mount Gravatt TAFE.

“We’ve found our apprentices have brought with them different and sometimes more effective ways of working that we have been able to learn from,” said Mark.

One apprentice who played an important role in the growth of Brandons was Christopher Hall, a previous MIGAS boilermaker apprentice turned engineer who has built a distinguished career in the built environment and engineering sectors.

“I remember Chris asking why we were crawling around on our hands and knees designing on concrete when we had computers. He was instrumental in encouraging us to start designing virtually using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software,” Mark said.

“That transition has helped our team from a health and safety perspective, and enabled us to design with greater accuracy and speed. It has also allowed us to cater for larger projects which has been a great thing for our business.”