ATW is an Indigenous Group Training Organisation (GTO) managed by highly experienced and innovative personnel.

We specialise in providing training, employment and mentoring solutions including a strong focus on Indigenous related outcomes. Services that we have the expertise to provide include the following:

  • School to Work Transition Program;
  • Pre-employment Training Solutions;
  • Workforce Development and Work Force Solutions; and
  • Structured Mentoring.


A GTO is a corporation established to provide training and employment opportunities. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and are responsible for ensuring that those employees receive suitable training and workplace experience. A GTO will find a suitable ‘host’ employer for apprentices and trainees to work with.

Apprentices and trainees employed by GTOs may spend their entire apprenticeship or traineeship with one host employer who can offer them a well-rounded training experience. Alternatively, they may be rotated around a number of host employers who can each offer a specialised are a of training.

Employers who may not otherwise have been able to employ an apprentice or trainee have an opportunity to participate in the training system by hosting an apprentice or trainee for a nominated period of time.

ATW is recognised as a GTO in QLD and has met both QLD State Government and national requirements. In QLD, GTOs are collectively the largest employer of apprentices and trainees. They provide a service that is well-recognised and understood within the community, and the group training name is associated with quality services.


  • Through our suite of services we are able to include cost effective and well managed processes to engage Apprentices and Trainees.
  • We access, develop, employ, coordinate and manage Apprentices and Trainees directly within ATW.
  • ATW legally employs Apprentices and Trainees which provides hosting arrangements with Host Employers.
  • This arrangement frees the Host Employer from the burden of paperwork, payroll and other administrative duties, as well as providing a safety net for the Apprentice or Trainee who is assured of continuous work and training.
  • ATW provides an advantage to Host Employers allowing for flexible staffing arrangements to meet peak work loads and seasonal variations.
  • Our unique GTO service includes up to twelve months intensive coaching and mentoring based upon elements of an individualised plan (Employee Assistance Plan) – including provision of wrap around support services of health well-being, financial literacy and career planning. This service is also extended to the employee’s immediate family.


  • No long term commitment or contractual obligations;
  • Take care of the recruitment processes such as placing advertisements, screening applicants and conducting preliminary interviews;
  • No dismissal procedures to deal with;
  • Any workers compensation claim will not affect your insurance premium;
  • No administration hassles;
  • All Government paperwork is done for you;
  • Assistance to comply with the current OH&S Act and regulations;
  • You know exactly how much your Apprentice or Trainee will cost you for the period of the Apprenticeship or Traineeship;
  • No commitment to employ after the Apprenticeship or Traineeship period;
  • All that is required of the Host Employer is to provide the ‘on the job’ training and supervision; and
  • We liaise with the Registered Training Organisation to make all training arrangement’s and support the Apprentice or Trainee with their training.


ATW has developed and operates its own school to work transition program‘School and Beyond.’

School and Beyond combines school and work in a manner that will complement both and supports a pathway through school to real employment or further training and education.

The program is designed to achieve an effective engagement model that includes clear linkages between employer, school, student and family and each group’s singular and collaborative responsibilities.

All stakeholders will invest and support the overall outcome, which is students transitioning from school to employment (or further training / education) with an employer they have been prepared for and with, and to achieve sustainable employment.


“A mentor is someone more skilled or experienced who offers advice, support, and guidance to facilitate the learning and development of a more junior or less experienced person. Mentoring relationships occur in all aspects of life but are often a key feature of the organisational life where more senior staff take on the role of being a role model, trusted adviser and coach.”

– (extract Monash University, 2003)

ATW believes it is this process, when delivered correctly, ultimately leads to effective and sustainable retention of people within the labourmarket.

Our mentorship/coaching process is underpinned by our Individual Capacity Development Framework, designed to capture critical targets, achievements, overall direction and also act as the cornerstone to establishing a positive and proactive relationship with both employee and employer. It is also interactive and allows for implementation of strategies directing on-going mentoring/coaching to ensure the individual is supported and developed.


Tony Martens
Managing Director – North

0487 443 597

Tony is a proud Gunggandji man with strong cultural connections to Yarrabah and Cape York communities.

Tony has previously worked across the Queensland and Australian Governments for a combined total of 21 years. He has worked at an Executive Management level in both tiers of government where he has managed large organisational teams and has lead effective work force strategies through major periods of change. During this time Tony has mentored and supported staff, managed regional offices and held responsibility for programme expenditure within financial management guidelines.

Tony has had a specific focus in the areas of Indigenous Employment and Training, Indigenous Economic Development and Social Housing delivery. Tony works closely on the ground with remote communities and engages with schools and industry whilst delivering ATW’s School and Beyond program.

He has managed former Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) contracts and in doing so, has worked closely with CDEP, Job Active (JA’s) and Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) providers. This provides Tony with an extensive knowledge of the industry.

Tony is a member of GHD’s Indigenous Advisory Panel and is Australia’s representative on the International Indigenous Entrepreneurs Association.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) and a Cert IV in Small Business Management . Tony also possesses a trade qualification as an Auto Electrician and has taught adult education programs in the TAFE and Correctional Services sectors. Through Tony’s experience he has a comprehensive understanding of apprenticeship and traineeship frameworks and is most familiar with the Vocational Education sector.

Ashley Martens
Managing Director – South

0447 909 699

Ashley is proud Gunggandji man with strong cultural connections to Yarrabah and Cape York communities.

Ashley has extensive experience working within the Australian Government at Senior Executive levels for over 20 years. Ashley has been instrumental in leading the development of many iconic projects; National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Mossman Gorge Centre, Western Cape Residential Campus and Black Theatre Site.

His roles at Senior Executive Management levels enabled him to successfully managed large organisational teams, programs and projects. During this time Ashley has mentored staff and managed multi discipline consulting design teams.

Ashley has assisted many Indigenous groups throughout Australia to acquire and develop pastoral and commercial properties that now deliver significant cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities.

Ashley also has international development expertise having worked for AusAID in the following fields; PNG Secondary Schools Program, Bilateral aid programs throughout the Pacific region, coordinated Australia’s responses to International Environmental Initiatives and managing Australia’s involvement in Multilateral Development projects with UN Agencies, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Ashley is a registered teacher and holds a Bachelor of Education from the Queensland University of Technology (Secondary Human Movement and Geography). He has taught in the UK and has extensive project management experience focusing on developing Indigenous Employment Participation in the construction sector.

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