Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the North Coast region.

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Saturday 27 July 2019

Where
Bundaberg Multiplex Centre

Vew the North Coast regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.8MB).

The North Coast region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by East Coast Apprenticeships

Regional winner: Samuel Liddle

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Blue Dog Training Pty Ltd
Employer: Gateway Constructions

For Samuel Liddle, starting his apprenticeship was the lifeline he needed to turn his life around. Through his training and employment with Gateway Constructions, he has found a passion for his trade, as well as skills and experience that he can use to give back to his community. Samuel completed his Certificate III in Carpentry in 2019 and is working towards obtaining his builder's licence.

Regional finalists

Brooke Bowden
Qualification: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO) Pty Ltd
Employer: Acorn East

Symon Meer Axton
Qualification: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: MTA Institute
Employer: Stagg Automotive


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

Regional winner: Cardiah Stanley

Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Club Training Australia
Employer: Dicky Beach Supporters Club Inc

Cardiah Stanley's passion for travel and tourism, as well as her love of the Sunshine Coast, motivated her to seek out a traineeship in hospitality. Cardiah believes that the skills and experience she is gaining through her training pathway will lead to her dream role of one day owning her own hotel, while also giving her a qualification that she can rely on to support her gap year travel plans.

Regional finalists

Montana Murray
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Major Training Group
Group training organisation: Community Solutions
Host employer: Synergy Mind Solutions

Bailey Sims
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Look Now Training
Employer: Allseasons Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Noosa Community Training Centre

Regional winner: Yolandie Weir

Qualification: Diploma of Sport Development / Certificate IV in Fitness
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Yolandie Weir Training

As an elite sportsperson, Yolandie Weir possesses a lifelong dedication to health and fitness. Through her Certificate IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Sport Development, Yolandie discovered a desire to help improve people's quality of life. She has now set her sights on opening her own studio, using her qualifications to train people with chronic illness and ailments, and is proud to be doing something she absolutely loves.

Regional finalists

Peter Anthon
Qualification: Certificate III in Customer Engagement
Training provider: Australian College of Commerce and Management
Employer: Youi

Tyson Blair
Qualification: Certificate III in Customer Engagement
Training provider: Australian College of Commerce and Management
Employer:
Youi


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Gidarjil Development Corporation Limited and Yalga-binbi Institute for Community Development

Regional winner: Noa Fletcher

Qualification: Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
Training provider: Yalga-binbi Institute for Community Development
Employer: Gidarjil Development Corporation Limited

Noa Fletcher is passionate about engaging in a positive way with his community, and supporting others to reconnect to Country. Having always had a keen interest in the environment, Noa found the ideal training opportunity, completing a conservation and land management traineeship as part of the Gin Gin Conservation and Land Management project. Noa is now employed as a sea ranger with Gidarjil Development Corporation.

Regional finalists

Takiyah Nagas
Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Training provider: Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company Limited
Host employer: NRL Game Development Sunshine Coast
School: Mountain Creek State High School

Taylor Romano
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Designer Life
Employer: Designer Life


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by SDS Training

Regional winner: James Carroll

Qualification: Certificate II in Automotive Underbody Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: OSMAC Apprenticeships
Host employer: iCar Service
School: Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre

For James Carroll, the opportunity to complete a school-based traineeship has been life-changing. After significant bullying impacted James' education, his family moved from Canberra to Queensland where he found a supportive learning environment. Although James missed a significant amount of school, he is now on target to complete Year 12 as well as his Certificate II in Automotive Underbody Technology.

Regional finalists

Nicholas Jessup
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Training provider: Axial Training Pty Ltd
Employer: TISCA
School: St Johns College

Amber Muller
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company Limited 
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service
School: St Columban's College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Simple Solutions Training and Consulting

Regional winner: Adam Mckillop

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: Simple Solutions Training and Consulting
Employer: Hervey Bay Day Care and Respite Centre Inc

While undertaking volunteer work at Hervey Bay Day Care and Respite Centre, Adam Mckillop was offered the opportunity to complete a traineeship that would allow him to gain the qualification required to be a disability support worker. Initially hesitant that his would require a more clinical approach to clients, he overcame his fears through his training experience and successfully completed his certificate in 2018.

Regional finalists

Anthony Abbey
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: Simple Solutions Training and Consulting
Employer: Endeavour Foundation

Debbie Wallis
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: IMPACT Community Services
Employer: Bridges Health and Community Care


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Regional winner: Raymond Wallbank

Employer: Emergency Risk Management Queensland

Raymond Wallbank is a dynamic and dedicated trainer in the emergency rescue and response industry. Ray's passion is to help others through the experience he has gained during his 23 years of public safety service with Queensland Fire and Rescue. Ray's personal philosophy 'to empower individuals through training and education to save lives' is shared with his students through the delivery of almost 40 different courses.

Regional finalists

Cecilia Kovacic
Employer: Maryborough State High School

Terrence Palfrey
Employer: MTA Institute


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Designer Life

Regional winner: Deception Bay Community Youth Programs

Program: Local Pathways to Work
www.dbcyp.org.au
(07) 3204 0277

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs is committed to supporting disadvantaged people into work. It's Lola Pathways to Work (LPW) program was developed through consultation with both community and industry groups to ensure the best possible participant outcomes. LPW is delivered through a flexible and modular approach, and is currently achieving a 90% completion rate, with 70% going on to employment.

Regional finalists

CPL - Choice Passion Life
Program: Mylestones Solutions MEQUIP and CPL Work Skills Hub (Coffee Cart)
www.cpl.org.au
1800 941 069

IFYS
Program: Live Learn and Earn
www.ifys.com.au
(07) 5438 3000


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Challenge Employment & Training

Regional winner: Gympie Regional Council

www.gympie.qld.gov.au
1300 307 800

From coastline to cattle farm, Gympie Regional Council serves a large and diverse population. Its priority is to actively serve the community and plan for the future by making Gympie the first choice for residents to live, work and play. Council employees are actively engaged in learning and development programs to support the achievement of these goals, while building skills and promoting individual career growth.

Regional finalists

Nolan Meats
www.nolan.com.au
(07) 5489 6888

Sesame Lane
www.sesamelane.com.au
1800 737 263


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by SkillCentred Queensland Inc

Regional winner: Cavalier Engineering

www.cavalierlivestock.com.au
(07) 5481 1602

Cavalier Engineering is a metal fabrication business specialising in the manufacture of livestock and feed equipment. The business has developed a strategy of investment in ongoing industry partnerships that have helped to identify training needs that benefit both internal and industry requirements. Cavalier Engineering prides itself on its training record, providing support and experience to 60 apprentices and trainees over its 14-year history.

Regional finalists

Acorn East
www.acornchildcare.com.au/locations/acorn-east-bargara-road
(07) 4153 0333

Bendpro
www.bendpro.com.au
1800 009 776


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Apprenticeships

Regional winner: Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning

www.amae.net.au
(07) 5479 6652

From humble origins as a man and his van, Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning has now grown to a fully equipped workshop and two mobile electrical units. After struggling to find qualified workers, business owners Andrew and Briohny decided to refocus on finding the right people to train instead. Since 2016, 2 apprentices have completed their qualifications, with a third due to finish this year.

Regional finalists

Avenue Dental Kawana
www.avenuedental.com.au/locations/kawana-dentists/
(07) 5493 4414

Expressions Hair Nails Beauty
www.expressionshairnailsbeauty.com.au
(07) 5495 2600


Last updated 29 July 2019

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