Congratulations to the finalists of the Darling Downs South West region.

Winners will be announced online on 30 July 2021 – tune in here!

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Amanda Anderson
Qualification: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Venture Education
Employer: Affinity Education Group Limited

Lane Hewett
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Maintenance – Diesel Fitting)
Training provider: Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited
Employer: Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited

Hans van der Merwe
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Oakey Beef Exports


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Georgia Hansen
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Ballistic Training Solutions
Employer: South Burnett Regional Council

Kasey Hardy
Qualification: Certificate III in Workplace Health and Safety
Training provider: Harness Energy Services
Employer: Harness Energy Services
Host: Shell QGC

Mitchell Pogan
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: AFL Sportsready Education
Employer: Western Downs Regional Council


Vocational Student of the Year

Keesha Charles
Qualification: Certificate II in Health Support Services
Training provider: Akadia Training
Employer; Holistic Community Care
School: Oakey State High School

Grace Langridge
Qualification: Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Training provider:
UQ Skills

Jasmin Maroni
Qualification: Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Training provider: UQ Skills


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Keesha Charles
Qualification: Certificate II in Health Support Services
Training provider: Akadia Training
Employer; Holistic Community Care
School: Oakey State High School

Kasey Hardy
Qualification: Certificate III in Workplace Health and Safety
Training provider: Harness Energy Services
Employer: Harness Energy Services
Host: Shell QGC

Matthew Washington
Qualification: Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
Training provider: Axiom College
Employer: Golden West Apprenticeships


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sydney Bodkin
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Kath Dickson Institute of Early Childhood Studies
Employer: Charley's Place
School: Oakey State High School

Keesha Charles
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: Akadia Training
Employer; Holistic Community Care
School: Oakey State High School

Kiara McIntyre
Qualification: Certificate II in Drilling Operations
Training provider: Australasian Drilling Institute Pty Ltd
Employer: Silverbrook Drilling Services Pty Ltd
School: Pittsworth State High School


Equity VET Student of the Year

Georgia Hanrahan
Qualification: Certificate I in Hospitality
Training provider: CEDAR Centre Ltd
Employer: Base Services Inc

Tatum Kite
Qualification: Certificate I in Hospitality
Training provider: Axiom College
Employer: Chinchilla Community Centre

Louie Omar
Qualification: Certificate I in Business
Training provider: CEDAR Centre Ltd
Employer: CEDAR Centre Ltd


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Robyn Cavanough
Employer: Aurora Training Institute

Ann Nitschke
Employer: Akadia Training

Dr Shweta Singh
Employer: UQ Skills


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Chinchilla Community Centre
Program: Our Community Cooks
www.chinchillacommunitycentre.org
(07) 4662 8528

Golden West Apprenticeships
Program: Bunya Learnscape Skiling Queenslanders for Work Project
www.goldenwest.org.au
1300 650 775

SkillCentred Queensland Inc.
Program: Cherbourg Community Initiatives
www.skillcentred.com
1800 786 300


Large Employer of the Year

Oakey Beef Exports Pty Ltd
www.nh-foods.com.au/facilities/oakey-beef-exports

RDO Equipment Pty Ltd T/A Vanderfield
www.vanderfield.com.au
1300 826 337

Western Downs Regional Council
www.wdrc.qld.gov.au
1300 268 624


Medium Employer of the Year

Care Goondiwindi
www.caregoondiwindi.com.au
(07) 4670 0700

Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited
www.hastingsdeering.com.au
1300 934 162

Joe Wagner Group
www.joewagnergroup.com.au
(07) 4630 1855


Small Employer of the Year

Minx Contemporary Hair Boutique
www.minxcontemporaryhairboutique.com.au
(07) 4632 3055

The Murgon Florist
www.facebook.com/themurgonflorist
(07) 4168 1888

Queensland Country Meats
www.qldcountrymeats.com.au
(07) 4622 1317

Last updated 6 July 2021

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