Enriching lives through education

This is our core purpose and everything we do must align with this – our “why”

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We are on a mission to enrich lives through education.

Let’s get real here, everyone wants to be confident and competent at what they do; and are committed to ‘doing their job right’ each and every day. Because who goes to work to stuff up – right?

This is what Enriching lives through Education is about; it’s about you, the individual, and the positive impact education will have on you, your immediate family and work. A better you makes a better life!

We are bloody good at training and care about investing in people and make no excuses for providing a no BS approach. As an Australian-owned and operated Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 31972) we offer high-quality industry courses across Australia by working to our purpose each and every day!

So, get on board and you too can achieve great things!

Meet The Team


Heather Gardner

When you see a problem, you find a solution – which has been my motto since I can remember. True to this commitment, as an employer I certainly had experienced what poor training looked like. So I put my money where my mouth was and did something about it. So each and every day our like-minded, passionate team, work together to do something about it!

So how amazing is to be come to work and to be able to enrich lives of those we deal with through good quality education. We have an effect on each and every life we touch, both now and in their future! Now that’s empowering and inspiring all at the one time


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Certified CEO with CEO Institute (CCEO)
  • International Institute of Directors & Managers (IIDM)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)

“For the best return on your money, pour your wallet into your head.” – Nolen Bushnell

General Manager

Joanne Brooks

I have personal expertise that comes about after an extensive 30-year career in Education and Finance.

The education sector is a place I’m passionate about; it’s about working to my why and ensuring that all I do aligns with my values.

Everything I do and the people I interact with is about seeing that “light bulb” go off and see the joy in their eyes when they “get it” or “have done it”- you can’t place a $ value on it, but it sure gives me chills!

I love seeing the possibilities in everything we do, enabling growth both in skill sets and new offerings.

I’ve developed a deep knowledge of business strategy and growth as well as training strategies and learning methods over the last 30 years.

I know that by completing our programs, our clients are able to drive their career opportunities and get to be where they need to be.

I’m not just a professional educator, I’m an education practitioner, as I see it as an obligation to continue to learn myself, however it is with passion that I do this, as I’m ever curious and open-minded to new ideas and expanding my horizons.


  • Dip Financial Services FNS50504
  • Dip Management BSB51107
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • Effectively Engage in learners in the learning process QLD200MT101A
  • Certificate III in Financial Services FNS30107
  • Certificate IV in Financial Services FNS40107
  • Cert IV in Financial Services (Mortgage Broking) FNS40804
  • Diploma in Financial Services (Mortgage Broking Management) FNS50504

“Education is another word for curiosity, and is solely up to me. If I fail that’s ok provided I remain curious and learn from it.”

Operations Manager

Andrew (Andy) Mason

With an extensive background that includes over 15 years’ experience in the Construction industry, and 7 years as a Business Owner of a commercial plumbing company, I witnessed a common lack of knowledge in the construction and civil sector. This limited workers and business owners from realising their full potential and capability and I wanted to do something about it.

This has been my motivation to bring about change to an industry I am passionate about. FTA focuses on limitless learning and makes that change possible.

We provide a helping hand to train and equip workers with relevant and practical skills, together with upskilling existing workers, delivering the ability to excel. In so doing, raising the benchmark of learning which in turn empowers the individual and businesses alike to envisage that anything is possible.


  • Diploma in Building & Construction (CPC50210)
  • Certificate IV in Building & Construction (CPC40110)
  • Certificate III in Plumbing (BCP30103)
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing Services (39206QLD)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.– Babe Ruth

Business Development Manager

Emily O’Regan

At the core, I am a Business Owner, Professional Consultant and National Sales Manager. My experience extends across multiple industries and ranges from start-up companies to refining sales, marketing and training channels of national organisations.

I opened my first business when I was 21 years old, which grew into WA, VIC and QLD within the first 2 years. I have coached thousands of team members, many developing into Team Leaders and Managers over their career.

My skill is in identifying the ‘What, Why and How’ for people. Education can create an opportunity to change for the better – to grow and evolve – this is why I love training and working with people to achieve their goals. From an individual student with career goals, to a Company with expansion plans, I have the experience and drive to make it happen.


  • Diploma of Leadership & Management (BSB51915)
  • Diploma of Business (BSB50215)
  • Diploma of Business Administration (BSB50415)
  • Diploma of Interior Design
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment (TAE40110)
  • BSB40615 Certificate IV Business Sales (BSB40607)

I believe that education is a pathway to making your goals a reality. The right training can break down barriers and help to develop the confidence and ability to reach your full potential.” – Emily O’Regan

Trainer Assessor

Grant Rangi

Grant is a highly experienced and passionate Trainer Assessor, with experience in the Resources industry both in Australia and around the world. He has worked throughout Australia, as well as on major projects in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand for Tier-1 firms such as Exxon-Mobil, ERA-Rio Tinto and more.

Grant decided it was time to pass his wealth of knowledge and experience by becoming a qualified Trainer Assessor. He has spent the past 5 years dedicating his time to helping new and current civil workers take their careers to new heights with formalised qualifications.

Above all, Grant’s passion is to pass on knowledge and to see students achieve success to the best of their ability.


  • 20 Years of Resources/ Civil Industry Experience
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110)
  • Diploma Vocational Education & Training (TAE50110)
  • Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning) (TAE80210)


  • Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction (RII60609)
  • Diploma of Civil Construction (Management) (RII50415)
  • Diploma of Project Management (BSB51415)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision (RII40715)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (Plant Operations) (RII30815)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (General) (RII30915)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying) (RII30915)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction & Maintenance) (RII30915)


  • Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (RII30115)
  • Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation(RII20115)
  • Standard 11 Mine Induction – Surface Operations (RISA* Approved Trainer)

* Resources Industry Skills Association

“I am extremely dedicated to learning outcomes that help people take their knowledge, skills and experience to new heights, progressing their career to levels they never thought possible.” – Grant Rangi

Trainee Business Developer

Salvatore Contarino

Although only relatively new to the education industry, my passion is grounded in a robust mission to make a difference. The culture and mission of FTA provides me the privilege to engage with individuals to seek and deliver ideal outcomes for their career advancement.

My “WHY” reflects a deep desire and determination to impact lives in the most positive way possible. To know that I can influence someone’s life and see them progress and benefit from my advice and support, is the most satisfying achievement I can ask for.

This is the heart and soul of who I am that fuels my motivation. Working with learners at our Success Connect Program, helping them find employment, and enriching their lives as a result, is a totally rewarding experience. I look forward to helping many more people embark on a journey with FTA, to enhance their lives for the better.


  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICA10111)
  • Certificate II in Tourism (SIT20112)

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

Trainer Assessor

Justin Doyle

Justin has gained a wealth of experience having worked for more than 25 years’ in the landscape, civil and training industries both in Australia and overseas.

From the outset, his level of commitment to producing a high-end service gained a reputation amongst his clients, landscape architects/designers and pool builders. This has led to his involvement in many notable projects, developments and displays in the Melbourne and South East Queensland landscape and garden scene.

He has been responsible for the design and construction of multiple high end residential projects, as well as the management and construction of commercial and urban developments.

Justin has managed the construction of multiple award winning projects in both Victoria and Queensland, with the pinnacle being the landscape of Riverlight Apartments in Noosa Heads, which was awarded LQI 2009 Landscape of the Year.

He also finds the time to give back to his community and the planet through education and mentorship. He hopes to reshape the world through the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods and more green space in urban environments.

Above all, Justin seeks to pass on his knowledge and experience and wants his students to achieve success to the best of their ability.


  • 25 years of Landscape/ Civil Industry Experience
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)


  • Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (AHC30910)
  • Certificate III in Landscape Construction (AHC31010)
  • Diploma in Landscape Design
  • Advanced Certificate in Horticulture
  • Post Graduate Degree in Urban and Regional Planning


  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing (CPC31411)


  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations (RII30813)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision (RII40713)


  • Certificate IV in Project Management (BSB41513)
  • Diploma in Project Management (BSB51415)
  • Diploma in Business Management (BSB50401)

“Education and knowledge is transformative.” – Unknown

Industry Engagement

Our Difference

We are the benchmark in education and training performance and we’re bloody good at it.

Learner Support

Ever started a course where you had no support? Our trainers have years of hands-on experience in their field, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge & the support you need to start & finish your training with ease.

Limitless Learning

Have you ever hesitated when it comes to learning? So many people do. We believe that you should be able to learn in inspiring and innovative ways.  That’s why we tailor our training to suit how you learn best.

Skill Confidence

Be the one everyone knows will get the job done right. It is our mission to develop the complete professional: a workforce that is not only technically skilled but represents the next generation of leaders, today and tomorrow.

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We believe in


We are real because we are authentic.


Focus on stuff that matters.


As one team we are a fun, focussed family.

We give a shit

We actually give a shit, experience our commitment.


We don’t stand still.


Our word is our bond, our bond is our truth.


We operate with integrity, we are resilient.


We celebrate all wins.


We embrace lifelong learning.


Not your everyday thinkers.

Mavericks of Training

Building a workforce of craftsmen and craftswomen who are technically skilled and professionally capable to lead the way of our industry
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