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The Telecommunications Company: The Comstar Systems Story

The Telecommunications Company: The Comstar Systems Story


My name is Cath Cave and I’m the General Manager for Comstar Systems. Our core business in telecommunications and what makes Comstar Systems unique is the diversity of our skills. My name’s Ian Bowden, I’m the Operations Manager for Comstar. Comstar have put so much effort and time and money into training our people to be highly skilled within the industry, which is not an industry where many people are trained. When we first started up we realised that there was such a gap in training in the industry. We worked for another company that decided telecommunications was probably a bit hard and not an industry they wanted to be in. We were going to be out on the street basically. The three owners had enough faith in the people and what we were doing to think we could make a difference in the industry. Here we are three and a half years later and we’ve got nearly 60 staff. The principles that Comstar have applied to our staff is that we must train all our staff and have them highly skilled. We’re dedicated to creating careers. That’s what we do and what we do well. The Australian training Awards was a truly amazing experience for us. To win was just sensational. We sat with some of other finalists and we all had a good talk about what we’d been through and everyone had an amazing story. Application process for the state and then the final Australian Training Awards was a fascinating process and what it made us do was to stand back and assess the business. We’re just about to open a depot in the North of Tasmania and also Central in Victoria. So that’s immense growth that we can credit in part to winning the Small Employer of the Year Award. I’m really excited for Comstar. When I found out they were awarded that award it was really really heart touching. To be the best of the best is true reward for what we’ve done. I would encourage any small business to enter the awards. The benefits are multi-fold. To win such a prestigious award for a small company. Two and a half years to get to that level, what can we say.

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