About Us

Who we are

Small-to-medium business leaders have a lot on their minds.

From strategy to budgets, marketing to operations, recruiting the right people at the right time to deliver the work and help grow the business is just one of many competing priorities.

Poor recruitment usually happens when you’re short on time and short of candidates but in need of people. It can be extremely costly – not just financially, but also culturally for the team. But selecting a recruitment partner can feel equally overwhelming, particularly if you’ve had a bad experience with recruiters in the past. How do you find someone that has great processes and great connections, but also has your back?

This is why Michael Berger first started Talent Blueprint in 2014 – to go into bat for people who run their own businesses. With a background recruiting for large organisations on panel agreements, Michael knew that SME business owners don’t need a recruiter that plays a numbers game. They need a recruiter they can trust who will help build great teams, together.

While our construction, engineering, resources and energy sector recruitment focus is niche, the permanent and contractor positions we recruit for are diverse – from CEOs to senior operations managers and maintenance team members.
What does it feel like for Talent Blueprint to be part of your team?

Understood and supported

Our relationships with our clients are not transactional. We give the time, to get the return. We also deeply understand the construction and engineering industry – according to our client David O’Donnell ‘many recruiters say this, but Talent Blueprint actually does.’

You can rely on us, and trust us to deliver, even in the most challenging markets. We don’t just rely on luck. Our client Jonathan Smith says that we ‘do a great job of vetting candidates so the process takes less time and is also good value. They care about both sides of the equation.’

We’ll deliver results, but also a great experience. We’re flexible in how we work together, as we know that the traditional recruitment model (% of salary fee) doesn’t suit everyone. That’s why we have so many long-term clients, and work primarily from referrals.

Let’s build your team, together.

Join Our Team

Would you like to help build the teams that build Australia?

We’re a specialist recruitment firm that does things differently. We genuinely care about finding our clients their best candidates – not just finding the candidates that give us our best commission.

“What makes Talent Blueprint different is their personal approach. With other recruiters it’s about numbers and commissions, it’s a volume game. But (Talent Blueprint) focuses on giving the time to get the return, both for us and Talent Blueprint.” Will Harrison, Southern Pacific Sands

We offer our team members:

  • The opportunity to join a close knit and highly motivated team.
  • Career progression and personal development opportunities.
  • A working environment that supports finding the right candidates for our client’s roles – we’re not interested in high-volume sales and box ticking.
  • The chance to regularly get away from your desk and out on-site, getting to know our clients and their projects.
  • Flexibility to work from home when needed.
  • 100% no micromanagement.
  • Team building sessions and quarterly team celebrations.
  • Access to any training required.
  • Time off for your birthday!

Does this sound like a team you’d like to be part of?

Get in touch with our Director, Michael Berger, on michael@talentblueprint.com.au to discuss joining the Talent Blueprint team.

Client Testimonials

At Talent Blueprint, we’re proud of the incredible client partnerships we construct.

Michael Berger

Founding Director
B. Bus (Marketing), QUT
MBA (Business Management), University of New South Wales

Michael founded Talent Blueprint in 2014 to help SME owners and leaders in the Queensland engineering and construction sector build their teams and grow their businesses.

Michael is passionate about working with aspirational business leaders to create rich talent pools for their growing businesses. With over 20 years of experience in this sector across Europe and Australasia, Michael created the unique Talent Blueprint 5 Step Recruitment Blueprint which can be tailored and applied to any recruitment challenge. You can either implement it yourself, or get us to help you do it, providing all the benefits of your own internal talent team without the overheads.

Over the last 20 years Michael has been:

  • Recognised as a leading supplier to Worley Parsons.
  • Listed as a preferred supplier to the Queensland Gas Company.
  • A key recruitment partner to London Underground in the UK.
  • Sole recruitment supplier and advisor to multiple growing QLD SME’s.

“Before dealing with Michael I really disliked recruiters. I considered them to be in the same category as real estate agents. But Michael has changed that perception for me. He really understands what our needs are, and he has spent a lot of time with us over four years to get that.”

Symon Jackson, Red Earth Engineering

Chelsea Sawtell

Recruitment Consultant
B. Bus/Commerce (Human Resources Management, Management & Leadership), 2022 (USQ)

As a Recruitment Consultant and Account Manager in the engineering and construction sectors, Chelsea has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities clients in these sectors face. By combining the best aspects of an internal recruitment team with the traditional recruitment agency model, she fosters affordable, proactive and transparent partnerships with her clients – both employers and candidates.

Some outcomes Chelsea has helped her clients achieve include:

  • Resourcing the civil and marine team for Australia’s largest port expansion project based in Townsville.
  • Managing phase one of recruitment for Queensland’s new pumped hydro energy project.
  • Achieved 100% employee growth for an SME Engineering Consultancy over a twelve-month period.

Lisa Sandberg

Recruitment Consultant
B. Business (International Business), 2022 (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Lisa is a recruitment consultant at Talent Blueprint specialising in the engineering and construction sectors. Lisa helps her SME clients build their teams to deliver projects all over Australia – from senior executives to skilled trades.

Lisa has placed people into teams delivering projects across a broad range of industries including oil & gas, mining, petrochemical, tailings, and water & wastewater. In addition to her on-the-job recruitment experience, Lisa is qualified with a Bachelor of Business (International Business) with High Distinction from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

April Counihan

Recruitment Consultant
B. Psychological Science (Psychology), 2023 (Griffith University), Grad Cert HRM

As a recruitment consultant specialising in operational and skilled trades roles for the construction sector, April works with her clients to source and place their ideal candidates, ensuring their team remains operational and productive.

As an example of her work, April managed the recruitment of an operations team for a newly developed production plant, and since the initial recruitment phase has continuously maintained the required level of employment to keep the plant operational and efficient.