Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Tropical North Queensland region. Winners were announced online on 11 September 2020.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Regional winner: Cameron Boscacci

Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician / Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Electropica

An electrical and instrumentation apprenticeship was something Cameron knew he wanted to do. As their first ever apprentice MSF Sugar Tableland Mill took on, Cameron was successful in obtaining a dual trade apprenticeship. Cameron has learned many work and life lessons and skills during his apprenticeship, including leadership and taking pride in his work and profession.

Regional finalists

Scott Connolly
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: RoadTek

Sean Tesch
Qualification: Certificate III in Landscape Construction
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Outdoor Solutions Queensland


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Craig Trenberth

Qualification: Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
Training provider: Aviation Australia
Employer: Hawker Pacific Cairns

For Craig, the Diploma of Aeroskills was the next step in his career development after completing his Certificate IV in Aeroskills apprenticeship 2 years ago with employer Hawker Pacific. Craig was able to accelerate his learning, completing his traineeship in half the time and with an average assessment pass rate of around 90 per cent.

Craig has sacrificed many personal activities to reach his aviation career goals and has demonstrated true determination.

Regional finalists

Shae Furler
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Employer: EMG Workforce Pty Ltd

Shaiarna Klimm
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: TORGAS
Host employer: Indigenous Business Australia


Vocational Student of the Year

Regional winner: Brittney Cromie

Qualification: Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
Training provider: Leadership Management Australia
Employer: Cairns Regional Council

Brittney successfully completed a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management through her employer Cairns Regional Council. Brittney's biggest learning from the course was how to communicate in different circumstances and build relationships with her team and the wider organisation.

The completion of her certificate has had a very strong and positive impact, not only in her work life but also her personal endeavours. Brittney is looking forward to undertaking a diploma to continue her journey of development.

Regional finalists

Liamon Mudd
Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Johannes Schouten
Qualification: Diploma of Visual Arts
Training provider: TAFE Queensland


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Regional winner: Liamon Mudd

Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Moving to Cairns from Kowanyama to undertake a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation at TAFE Queensland was a challenge for Liamon. With the support of the Youth Mobility Program, Liamon was able to access further education and find his pathway to success.

Liamon has an overwhelming passion for life and is constantly pushing to be a better, stronger and a more knowledgeable version of himself. He is eager to share his experiences and enthusiasm with anyone who will listen and enjoys meeting new people and building connections.

Regional finalists

Danielle Fourmile
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: MiHaven Training

Latifah Turner
Qualification: Certificate II in Retail Services
Training provider: Murray Mallee Training Company Ltd
Group training organisation: Murray Mallee Training Company Ltd
Host employer: REECE Group (Innisfail)
School: Innisfail State College


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Bryce Cummings

Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: Tec-NQ
Group training organisation: Skill360 Australia 
Host employer: Jason Cummings Electrical
School: Atherton State High School

Bryce has always had a passion for things electrical and is now following in his father's footsteps of becoming an electrician. Through his apprenticeship, Bryce spends 2 days a week working and training with his host employer, Jason Cummings Electrical. This small business based on the Atherton Tablelands has introduced Bryce to many aspects of electrical work which he enjoys.

Bryce is an advocate for vocational education and training, and looks forward to graduating with a qualification, practical skills, experience and access to a range of career opportunities.

Regional finalists

Kyah Campigli
Qualification: Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: MRAEL Limited 
Host employer: Rio Tinto Aluminium Limited 
School: Western Cape College Weipa

Zachary May
Qualification: Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: MRAEL Limited 
Host employer: Rio Tinto Aluminium Limited
School: Western Cape College Weipa


Equity VET Student of the Year

Regional winner: Rikki Bruce

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: MiHaven, in partnership with MaraWay Training
Employer:
Kewarra Aged Care

Rikki's biggest motivator was her children when she chose to enrol in the Certificate III in Individual Support at her local neighbourhood centre. Not only did she want a better life for her children, Rikki also wanted to show them they could achieve anything they set their minds to.

Having no qualifications or experience, the certificate course gave Rikki the opportunity to enter the workforce. Rikki absolutely loves her job and has a real passion for being a carer for elderly people and giving back to the community.

Regional finalists

Huong Baxter
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: MiHaven, in partnership with MaraWay Training
Employer: Kewarra Aged Care

Susan Northey
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: Austcare Training


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Regional winner: Sue Edwards

Employer: TAFE Queensland

Sue has enjoyed a diverse career in teaching and nursing that has spanned many roles and sectors in health and community services. In addition to teaching full-time at the local TAFE campus, Sue is also employed casually as a Registered Palliative Care Nurse at Gordonvale Hospital.

Sue is TAFE Queensland's Lead Teacher in the award-winning Rural and Remote Aged Care Training Project. She holds a Masters in Training and Development, and draws on many years of experience to deliver a program that is changing the face of aged care in rural and remote communities.

Regional finalists

Michael Brooker
Employer: Western Cape College Weipa

Renee Dembowski
Employer: Australis College


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Regional winner: National Joblink Cairns

Program: Dreaming Big 2019
www.njl.org.au
(07) 4014 5607

National Joblink Cairns' Indigenous Youth in Film and Events: Dreaming Big 2019 project provided 6 months' full-time work to 9 jobseekers under the guidance of a film and media expert.

Participants learned on-the-job filmmaking skills, including digital media, sound and lighting, planning, production and much more. In addition, participants attained a Certificate I in Business and competencies in other accredited units, enabling them to gain immediate employment after the project. Through mentoring, skills growth and boosts in self-confidence, 8 of the 9 member Dream Team are now engaged in employment or further training.

Regional finalist

Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre
Program: Marlin Coast Skills Development Program
www.mcnc.org.au
(07) 4055 6440


Large Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Community Enterprise Queensland

www.ceqld.org.au
(07) 4050 4300

Community Enterprise Queensland is committed to providing essential community services to Torres Strait and mainland Aboriginal communities. These services focus on economic development and employment opportunities, as well as supporting environmental solutions, and good health and wellbeing options to all members of these communities. Its services aim to develop communities and their residents, through employment opportunities and career paths.

Community Enterprise Queensland is a major employer of local people and provides a range of training and development programs for staff working at the 28 outlets it operates – including grocery stores, fuel outlets, and multi-department homewares and hardware stores.


Medium Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au
(07) 4080 1888

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is part of the Accor Group and provides employment and career opportunities to people in Far North Queensland.

Developing their people is key to Novotel's success with a training philosophy is embedded in their culture. Recent examples of training success at the Novotel include one of their hotel management trainee graduates progressing on to complete a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, as well as its 2 apprentice chefs, who are integral to the kitchen team and its operations.

Regional finalists

Department of Transport and Main Roads - RoadTek North Cairns
www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Commercial-services/About-Roadtek
13 23 80

Norship
www.norship.com.au
(07) 4035 1722


Small Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Bama Cape York Services

www.bama.net.au
(07) 4035 5459

Bama Services is a social enterprise providing industry-based employment pathways for Indigenous people from around Far North Queensland in the fields of building and civil construction, landscaping and maintenance.

Bama has increased its competitiveness in the Far North Queensland market, enabling them to employ and support Indigenous men and women, and develop their skills and experience through training. Bama continues to provide a personalised, case management approach to supporting employees, helping them to connect to multidisciplinary services, such as housing, legal health and financial management.

Regional finalists

GMH Electrical Contracting
www.gmhelectrical.com.au
(07) 4000 4786

Siv Air
www.sivair.com.au
0400 983 628

Last updated 11 September 2020

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