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

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 12 July 2019

Where
The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville

View the North Queensland regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.2MB).

The North Queensland region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Glencore Mount Isa Mines

Regional winner: Lachlan Thompson

Qualification: Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Honeycombes Sales and Services

After relocating from Toowoomba to North Queensland, Lachlan Thompson decided to change his apprenticeship qualification in order to suit his new role with Honeycombes Sales and Service. Because of his dedication and exemplary on-the-job performance, Lachlan has been able to fast-track his Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology through recognition of prior learning, and is now working towards a dual qualification as an automotive electrician.

Regional finalists

Christopher Crisp
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Ernest Henry Mining Pty Ltd

Shauna Milne
Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Sales (Parts Interpreting)
Training provider: MTA Institute 
Employer: R.H.D. Classic Supplies and Services

Jayden Osbourne
Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Seasoned Restaurant


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

Regional winner: Naomi Loizou

Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Burdekin Shire Council

Naomi Loizou's traineeship with Burdekin Shire Council allowed her to develop a career path for herself, after feeling unsure about which direction to take once she finished high school. Having now completed her Certificate III in Business Administration, Naomi feels confident she has chosen the right industry and sector for her future, and has enrolled in a Bachelor of Business at James Cook University.

Regional finalists

Tailah Jensen
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Whitsunday Regional Council

Jenna Maskell
Qualification: Certificate IV in Library and Information Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Townsville City Council


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Regional winner: Melissa Dean

Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Hospitality
Training provider: Club Training Australia
Employer: Cowboys Leagues Club

Changes in Melissa Dean's personal life lead her to a casual role with Cowboys Leagues Club (CLC), and with it a new professional pathway to pursue. After successfully completing her Diploma of Hospitality in 2018, Melissa became the first CLC staff member to undertake the advanced diploma qualification. She is a passionate advocate for training and believes that age is no barrier to study.

Regional finalists

Jestine Llewellyn
Qualification: Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Training provider: Kirwan State High School

Bradley Stevenson
Qualification: Certificate II in Engineering
Training provider: Kirwan State High School


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Connect 'n' Grow

Regional winner: Melataiah Nuggin

Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Learning Partnerships
Employer: Townsville City Council

Melataiah Nuggin is a custodian of the Quandamooka, Birra Gubba and Bindal tribe and has big ambitions. Through her traineeship with Townsville City Council, Melataiah has gained essential skills, knowledge and experience in business administration that she hopes will help her build a successful corporate career. Having completed her traineeship, Melataiah chose to continue her studies and is working towards a Certificate IV in Business.

Regional finalists

Jakarra Carney
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: TAFE Queensland

Charlee Iles
Qualification: Certificate III in Community Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Queensland Youth Services Inc


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Wilmar Sugar Australia

Regional winner: Luke Fraley

Qualification: Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: Tec-NQ
Employer: NQ Diesel Pty Ltd
School: Tec-NQ

Luke Fraley has loved cars, trucks, motorbikes and anything with an engine for as long as he can remember. So when it came time to decide what to do as a career, he didn't have to think twice. A keen student in the classroom as well as under the bonnet, Luke's school-based apprenticeship gives him a head start on his dream job while finishing his QCE.

Regional finalists

Amily Phineasa
Qualification: Certificate II in Business
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Group training organisation: Skill360 Australia
Host employer: Commonwealth Bank Aitkenvale 
School: Kirwan State High School

Hayley Smith-Fulmer
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Kool Kids Training College Pty Ltd
Employer: KK Admin Pty Ltd 
School: Kirwan State High School


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

Regional winner: Jacqui Dale

Employer: Thuringowa State High School

Jacqui Dale has been delivering the Connect 'N' Grow Health Programs since 2017 and has vast experience in the health and education systems. Jacqui's success as an educator has seen her student numbers double. Her dedication to training ensures students are provided with the practical hands-on experience they need to successfully complete their qualifications and go on to further study and careers in health care.

Regional finalists

Rebecca Hoffensetz
Employer: Allara Learning

Geoffrey Warner
Employer: TAFE Queensland


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Townsville City Council

Regional winner: CPL - Choice, Passion, Life

Program: Mylestones Solutions Garden Crew
www.cpl.org.au
1800 941 069

CPL - Choice, Passion, Life is a leading provider of integrated support, therapy and advice for people living with disability. CPL works with people at every life stage from diagnosis, early intervention and the school years, through to employment, independent living and retirement. CPL's Transition to Work program is commited to addressing identified gaps in employment and training pathways and support for people with disability.

Regional finalist

Access Community Services Limited
Program: Step Into Service and Step Into Business
www.accesscommunity.org.au
(07) 3412 8222


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Apprenticeships

Regional winner: Glencore Mount Isa Mines

www.mountisamines.com.au
(07) 4744 2011

Glencore Mount Isa Mines is one of the few Australian mines located on the doorstep of a community, and is dedicated to supporting local people and local businesses. Training is integral to the implementation of Glencore's business strategy. Its dedication to developing and fostering the capacity of its workforce is part of an organisation-wide commitment to supporting its employees to realise their full potential.

Regional finalist

Townsville City Council
www.townsville.qld.gov.au
13 48 10


Medium Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Pacific Marine Group Pty Ltd

www.pacificmarinegroup.com.au
(07) 4724 2200

Pacific Marine Group (PMG) has been a leader in the marine and commercial diving industries in Queensland for more than 30 years. Due to the diversity of its business activities, from marine construction and services to commercial diving, PMG is focused on the ongoing development and training of employees. PMG has been instrumental in the development of a marine traineeship and is currently engaging its third trainee.

Regional finalists

Cowboys Leagues Club
www.cowboysleagues.com.au
(07) 4724 8000

Mendi Group
www.mendi.com.au
(07) 4774 4175


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Tec-NQ

Regional winner: Bill and Ben The Cabinet Men

www.thecabinetmen.com
(07) 4725 2797

Bill and Ben The Cabinet Men are an integrated kitchen design, manufacturing and installation business in Townsville. To support Bill and Ben's dedication to the highest level of service and quality, the business has developed a comprehensive training strategy to support employees to gain the trade qualifications they need to succeed. Formal and informal training and professional development are also encouraged throughout all areas of the business.

Regional finalist

R.H.D. Classic Supplies and Services
www.facebook.com/rhdclassic
(07) 4779 1340

Last updated 15 July 2019

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