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

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 26 July 2019

Where
Tanks Arts Centre

View the Tropical North Queensland regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.5MB).

The Tropical North Queensland region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Skill360 Australia

Regional winner: Leanne Van Dyk

Qualification: Certificate III in Hairdressing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Belle n Beau Hair

When Leanne Van Dyk decides to do something, she gives it her all. After realising her passion lay in hairdressing, Leanne Left her life as a farmer in remote Miallo behind, and set about making her training dream a reality. Leanne purchased a salon, hired a senior stylist and became the apprentice. She is now a fully qualified hairdresser and successful small business owner, and a vocal VET advocate.

Regional finalists

Austin Pell
Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Northern Auto Electrical Pty Ltd

Macy Scouller
Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

Regional winner: Chantelle Pedersen

Qualification: Certificate III in Tourism
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Tablelands Regional Council

After finishing high school, Chantelle Pedersen was unsure of the career path she wanted to take. Five years and a few jobs later, she applied for a traineeship with Tablelands Regional Council and has now found her true passion in the tourism industry. Since completing her certificate III in 2019, Chantelle successfully gained employment as a social media officer with Tablelands Regional Council.

Regional finalists

Bridgette Atkinson
Qualification: Certificate III in Community Pharmacy
Training provider: The Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Secretariat
Employer: Babinda Pharmacy

Madeleine England
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Employer: Cassowary Coast Regional Council


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Allara Learning

Regional winner: Daryl O'Toole

Qualification: Diploma of Leadership and Management
Training provider: Leadership Management Australia
Employer: Cairns Regional Council

When Daryl O'Toole began a new role as a venue support officer for Cairns Regional Council, he noticed that there was massive potential to improve and develop the venue. Through his Diploma of Leadership and Management, Daryl found a qualification that supported his goals for his new workplace. His training has given him the skills to make positive changes within his workplace and community.

Regional finalists

Desley Ferrando
Qualification: Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
Training provider: Edwards Institute of Education
Employer: Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Shiniquia Morris
Qualification: Diploma of Education
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Hopevale State School


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Rio Tinto Weipa

Regional winner: Reilly Luyten-Yet Foy

Qualification: Certificate II in Retail Services
Training provider: McDonald's Australia Ltd
Employer: Jubcan Venture T/A McDonald's Cairns Central

Reilly Luyten-Yet Foy is an ambitious young woman, with big plans to grow her career through the dedicated VET pathway available at McDonald's. While she struggled with her high school studies, Reilly has thrived in her training. Having completed her Certificate II in Retail, she is now working towards her Certificate III, and has been successful in securing a more senior role as shift supervisor.

Regional finalists

Soraya Christian
Qualification: Diploma of Leadership and Management / Diploma of Business
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Shiniquia Morris
Qualification: Diploma of Education
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Hopevale State School


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Business Liaison Association

Regional winner: Jeremy Stainkey

Qualification: Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: MRAEL Group
Host employer: Rio Tinto Aluminium Limited 
School: Western Cape College Weipa

Jeremy Stainkey has always had a passion for anything mechanical, but his curious mind was also fascinated by the power behind the machines. Through his traineeship, Jeremy has combined his 2 interests, becoming the first auto electrical school-based trainee with Rio Tinto in Weipa. Jeremy is an advocate for VET training and looks forward to graduating with a qualification, practical skills, experience and career opportunities.

Regional finalists

Lochlainn Beynon
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Jaques Electrical
School: St Andrew's Catholic College

Ella Phillips
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Kool Kids Training College Pty Ltd
Employer: Catholic Early Learning and Care Redlynch
School: St Andrew's Catholic College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Vocational Partnerships Group Inc

Regional winner: Andrew Ferreyra

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: Far North Training and Consultancy Pty Ltd
Employer: FNQ Independent Living Support Association Inc

The chance to complete a training qualification after a few years out of the workforce was just what Andrew Ferreyra needed to turn his life around. After being offered a place in a Queensland Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, Andrew relocated from Brisbane to Cairns to start his new training pathway. He has now secured employment as a disability support worker with FNQ Independent Living Support Association.

Regional finalists

Emily Berrigan
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support / Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Training provider: Far North Training and Consultancy Pty Ltd
Employer: Carinya Aged Care

Dhan Gurung
Qualification: Certificate I in Construction
Training provider: MiHaven Training
Employer: Mark Fletcher Solid Plastering & Texture Coating Pty Ltd


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Regional winner: Cathryn Clarke

Employer: Tully State High School

As a qualified chef, Cathryn Clarke had a diverse career in hospitality. After 20 years working in the food industry, Cathryn decided to support others wanting to follow the same pathway, and became a teacher. She draws on her wealth of professional experiences to deliver a Certificate I in Hospitality and Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, and sometimes even a meal for a student who hasn't brought lunch.

Regional finalists

Renee Dembowski
Employer: Social Butterfly Marketing Pty Ltd

Ebony Egyed
Employer: Innisfail State College


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by My Pathway

Regional winner: Community Enterprises Australia Ltd

Program: Torres Strait 'Growing Our Own' Maritime Traineeship Program
www.mpath.com.au
(07) 4033 3400

Community Enterprises Australia Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to creating opportunities that will improve social and economic outcomes within the local community. Their traineeship program targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, school leavers and unemployed people with maritime-related qualifications, and supports their transition to employment through work experience and job placements in the maritime industry.

Regional finalists

CPL - Choice Passion Life
Program: Mylestones Solutions Garden and Maintenance Crew
www.cpl.org.au
1800 941 069

Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre
Program: The Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre 'Building Your Future' Program
www.mcnc.org.au
(07) 4055 6440


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by CPL's Mylestones Employment

Regional winner: Jubcan Venture Pty Ltd (McDonald's Restaurants - Cairns Central, Cairns Esplanade, Woree, Edmonton, Gordonvale, Innisfail)

www.mcdonalds.com.au/learn/careers
(07) 4031 0292

Jubcan Venture is committed to providing quality training to crew and managers at its 6 McDonald's restaurants. All staff are supported and encouraged to complete training in retail and leadership and management, from a certificate II to advanced diploma qualification level. Around 15% of crew members are undertaking training at any given time, with 30% of payroll expenditure dedicated to training.

Regional finalists

Cairns Regional Council
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
1300 692 247

CaPTA Group
www.capta.com.au
(07) 4035 3555


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Cairns Regional Council

Regional winner: Robinson Civil Group

www.robinsoncivil.com.au
(07) 4096 2399

Robinson Civil Group (RCG) is a leading far north Queensland civil engineering business. It is committed to providing the best possible training to all employees, because it believes that a highly skilled workforce leads to a higher quality of work. An average of 10% of employees engage in training each month, and RCG considers this focus to be essential to providing exceptional service.

Regional finalist

Bama Cape York Services Ltd
www.bama.net.au
(07) 4035 5459


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

Regional winner: Recharged Air and Electrical

www.facebook.com/Rechargedair
0437 876 652

Recharged Air and Electrical is a Cairns-based business, servicing domestic and commercial customers across far north Queensland. The business prides itself on its training-centred approach to staff and services, placing a high value on personal and professional development. Recharged Air and Electrical engages its staff in as many training opportunities as possible to ensure they have the capabilities required to provide exceptional customer service on every job.

Regional finalists

Mark Fletcher Solid Plastering & Texture Coating Pty Ltd
www.facebook.com/Mark-Fletcher-Solid-Plaster-Texture-Coatings-PTY-LTD-427077268075379/
0410 758 553

Siv Air
www.facebook.com/sivairfnq
0400 983 628

Last updated 29 July 2019

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