Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Metropolitan region.

Winners were announced online on 30 July 2021 – watch the announcement here!

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Regional winner: Lauren Campbell

Qualification: Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
Training provider: Box Hill Institute
Employer: AG Coombs Queensland

Lauren Campbell has been hooked on the refrigeration trade since she undertook work experience with her employer AG Coombs Queensland while still in Year 12. She applied for an apprenticeship with them a few months after graduating and hasn't looked back since. This year, she completed her Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration and is delighted to be employed as a fully-qualified tradesperson.

Regional finalists

Charlotte Graham
Qualification: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: WPC Group
Employer: Moorooka Nissan

Thomas Robinson
Qualification: Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Simon Paroz and Co Boatbuilders


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Abigail Cuddihy

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering – Technical
Training provider: TAFE NSW
Group training organisation: Hunternet Group Training
Host employer: ALS Industrial

Finding herself unmotivated by tertiary options, Abigail Cuddihy decided to pursue a more hands-on career path, and began a traineeship with ALS, a global laboratory testing organisation that services power stations, gas wells and other resource infrastructure. Through her training and employment, Abigail discovered a love of the resources sector and is looking forward to continuing her career in engineering as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician.

Regional finalists

Jody Jackson
Qualification: Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Training provider: DIVTEC Training and Further Education
Employer: Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Dillan Walker
Qualification: Certificate III in Education Support
Training provider: Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO)
Employer: Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club


Vocational Student of the Year

Regional winner: Connor Chadwick

Qualification: Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)
Training provider: Queensland College of Music

Connor Chadwick completed his Certificate IV in Music Industry with the Queensland College of Music in order to undertake training while still at school, and get a head start in his preferred industry. Connor believes choosing a training pathway has opened doors for him as a performer, as well as providing skills and practical training that will allow him to diversify throughout his career.

Regional finalists

Colin Barney
Qualification: Certificate II in Sport Coaching
Training provider: St James College
School: St James College

Sheree Reilly
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Aussie Kindies Early Learning North Ipswich


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Regional winner: Jasper Malthouse

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: SWC Training
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company 
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service (Redcliffe Hospital)
School: Bracken Ridge State High School

Jasper Malthouse is a proud Mbarbaram woman with a passion for the healthcare industry. Her interest in vocational training was inspired by a work experience opportunity and has blossomed into a dedicated career goal. Jasper says her traineeship experiences have shaped the person she is today, by enhancing her communication and problem-solving skills, developing a deep respect for co-workers and giving a sense of belonging in a team environment. Jasper maintains a strong connection to her culture, and participates in yarning circles at school with younger students to share her experiences and encourage others to seek out training and employment opportunities.

Regional finalists

Colin Barney
Qualification: Certificate II in Sport Coaching
Training provider: St James College
School: St James College

Sol Ford
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: NECA Electrical Apprenticeships
Host employer: Stowe Australia
School: Brisbane State High School


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Jasper Malthouse

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: SWC Training
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company 
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service (Redcliffe Hospital)
School: Bracken Ridge State High School

Jasper Malthouse's passion for the healthcare industry began when she completed an aged care work placement in Year 10. After learning about school-based traineeships, she knew that a training pathway would help her achieve her goals. Jasper is currently completing a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance hosted by the Metro North Hospital and Health Service at Redcliffe Hospital. By rotating to different wards during her training, Jasper has broadened her knowledge and experience, and developed persistence, resilience, confidence and motivation beyond her years. Jasper's plans for the future are to continue working as an Assistant in Nursing, while undertaking further study towards becoming a Registered Nurse in Paediatrics or Indigenous Health.

Regional finalists

Jamieson Albrecht
Qualification: Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: MTA Institute
Employer: Wynnum Haulage
School: St James College

Jayden Bradley-Waaka
Qualification: Certificate III in Barbering
Training provider: Brisbane School of Hairdressing
Employer: Tommy Guns Original Barbershop Carindale
School: Whites Hill State College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Regional winner: Mary Chol

Qualification: Certificate III in Fitness
Training provider: Binnacle Training
School: St James College

Education is everything for Mary Chol and her family, and as a result she has taken every opportunity to learn and grow through the vocational training programs offered to her at St James College. She is currently undertaking a Certificate III in Fitness, and is especially interested in the health competencies involved in the qualification, as she aspires to study nursing at university.

Regional finalists

Nicole Clements
Qualification: Certificate II in Community Pharmacy
Training provider: The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Employer: Priceline Pharmacy Aspley

Mibaraka Ruhirika
Qualification: Certificate II in Health Support Services
Training provider: DIVTEC Training and Further Education
School: St James College


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Regional winner: Danielle Dixon

Employer: The Institute of Culinary Excellence

Danielle Dixon has experience working in some of Australia's top restaurants, as well as in the Masterchef kitchen. She has excelled as a trainer at The Institute of Culinary Excellence (ICE) and was promoted to Executive Chef and Head of School in 2020. Through Danielle's initiative, ICE was able to transform its teaching methods through COVID, and migrate to online learning, saving countless apprenticeships and careers.

Regional finalists

Matthew Rollo
Employer: CTA Training Specialists

Andrea Smith
Employer: Queensland College of Music


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Regional winner: SunnyFutures – Sunnybank SHS Parent and Citizen Association

Program: SunnyFutures
www.sunnypathways.com.au
(07) 3323 8111

SunnyFutures is a Sunnybank State High School initiative designed to support Year 12 students' transition to work or study. With a large community of students from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds attending the school, SunnyFutures utilises a student-centred approach to support its cohort to find training pathways that build skills and provide opportunities for sustainable employment. The program currently has a 72 per cent employment outcome.

Regional finalists

Life Church
Program: Life Communities – Job Skills and Training Programs
www.lifechurch.com.au
(07) 3719 3177

Marist Youth Care Limited
Program: Marist180 Community Construction Traineeships
www.marist180.org.au
(02) 9672 9200


Large Employer of the Year

Regional winner: CPB BAM Ghella UGL Joint Venture

CPB BAM Ghella UGL Joint Venture (CBGU) is delivering works that form part of the Queensland Government's Cross River Rail project. Through collaboration with Construction Skills Queensland, the training team developed an industry-first CBGU Training Employment Working Group to provide training and employment pathways for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. CBGU is focused on creating and supporting quality jobs for Queenslanders through skills development and training.

Regional finalists

McDonald's Queensland McOpCo
www.mcdonalds.com.au
(07) 3838 6000

VAE Group
www.vaegroup.com.au
1300 823 823


Medium Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Hilton Brisbane

www.hilton.com/en/hotels/bsbhitw-hilton-brisbane
(07) 3234 2000

Hilton Brisbane's training program is constantly evolving to ensure that it is able to offer the diverse range of qualifications and skills required to develop all team members, from entry-level roles to senior management appointments. Hilton Brisbane is proud to support trainees from diverse backgrounds through partnerships with government and community-based organisations. Its current team is made up of people from 38 different nationalities and languages.

Regional finalists

Gaye's Hair Fashions
www.gayeshairfashions.com.au
(07) 3812 0388

Minor DKL Food Group | The Coffee Club
www.coffeeclub.com.au
(07) 3010 3000


Small Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Ambrose Homes

www.ambrosehomes.com.au
(07) 3325 9141

Ambrose Homes is dedicated to excellence in both its craftsmanship and in its customer service. To facilitate this commitment to excellence, it takes pride in a business-wide focus on training. Currently, 80 per cent of Ambrose Homes' tradesmen are undertaking nationally accredited qualifications to further their skills and knowledge. While all non-trade staff are actively encouraged to seek out professional development opportunities to support their roles.

Regional finalists

Jarcel Electrical
www.jarcelelectrical.com.au
(07) 3289 6652

Tender Cuts
www.tendercutmeats.com.au
(07) 3856 4216

Last updated 30 July 2021

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