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

Winners were announced online on 9 July 2021 – watch the announcement here!

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Regional winner: Harvey Phillips

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
Training provider: Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited
Employer: Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited

Between family connections to the trade and his farming background, completing a heavy machinery apprenticeship seemed almost inevitable for Harvey Phillips. Harvey's apprenticeship pushed him out of his comfort zone, physically and mentally, forcing him to learn new skills, away from his family and home. However, it has also provided him with a qualification that he believes will take him anywhere in the world.

Regional finalists

Lazar Angelkovski
Qualification: Certificate III in Fire Protection
Training provider: Fire Industry Training
Employer: EndFire Engineering Services

Reece Zamiak
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group Training organisation: MRAEL Group
Host employer: Rio Tinto Limited – Weipa Operations Aluminium


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Jadzia Dalamaras

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Major Training Group
Employer: Sea Swift

Jadzia Dalamaras chose to undertake a traineeship to improve her employment opportunities, and lay the foundations for a successful career in a corporate environment. Completing her Certificate III in Business allowed Jadzia to develop an understanding of how businesses are run. She believes her training has improved her quality of work day-to-day, as well as the way she conducts herself in her personal life.

Regional finalists

Gabrielle Doyle
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Kool Kids Training College
Employer: Felica's Little Learners Family Daycare

Kaitlyn Knight
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Employer: Cairns Regional Council


Vocational Student of the Year

Regional winner: Helen Millen

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: ARC Training

After embarking on a career change, Helen Millen decided to undertake training in her role as a disability support worker. Through dedication to her studies, Helen finished her 12-month course in just over 6 months—completing a Certificate III in Individual Support at the end of last year. Completing a formal qualification has given Helen an increased level of confidence in her role.

Regional finalists

Junko Horinishi-Love
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: ARC Training

Felicity Reid
Qualification: Diploma of Legal Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Regional winner: Siobhan Hogan

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

Siobhan Hogan chose a diesel fitting traineeship to follow her interest in mechanics and gain knowledge through hands-on learning. She is proud to be working as an Indigenous woman in a non-traditional field and hopes that her experience will help her to advocate for more girls to pursue similar pathways. Her goal now is to complete Year 12 and continue her training with an apprenticeship.

Regional finalists

Keegan Nolan
Qualification: Certificate II in Maritime Operations
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Experience Co Limited
School: Woree State High School

Reece Zamiak
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group Training organisation: MRAEL Group
Host employer: Rio Tinto Limited – Weipa Operations Aluminium


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Regional winner: Mataya Vikionkorpi-Bin-Garape

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Experience Co Limited
School: Woree State High School

As a child, Mataya Vikionkorpi-Bin-Garape's favourite place to be was near the water. When the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Business in the maritime industry came about, Mataya knew it was the right pathway for her. The other drawcard for her traineeship was the ability to earn and learn, spending 1 or 2 days a week in on-the-job training while attending school on the others.

Regional finalists

Siobhan Hogan
Qualification: Certificate II in Engineering
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: MRAEL Group
Host employer: Rio Tinto Limited – Weipa Operations Aluminium
School: Western Cape College – Weipa Campus

Jakub Darcy Wone
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
Training provider: Axial Training
Employer: GG Contracting
School: Western Cape College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Regional winner: Delaney Allen

Qualification: Certificate III in Education Support
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer:
The Weipa Western Cape Residential Campus

Delaney Allen is a proud Indigenous woman and single mother of 4. Juggling study and family was challenging for Delaney, but they were also her biggest motivations to keep going. After completing her Certificate III in Education Support last year, Delaney was offered a student support position at Weipa Cape College on the residential campus. Delaney now hopes to continue her studies while working in her great new job.

Regional finalists

Teerapoom Butjant
Qualification: Certificate I in Construction
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Rachel Wolfe
Qualification: Diploma of Visual Arts
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Cairns Regional Council


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Regional winner: Lawrence Grant

Employer: TAFE Queensland

As an innovator both in his industry and training, Larry Grant is passionate about finding new and better ways to engage and teach his trade. Key to Larry's teaching strategy is building a rapport with every student. He makes it a priority to find out what each student hopes to gain from the course, ensuring that his approach is student-centred and aligned with desired outcomes.

Regional finalists

David McIlwain
Employer: TAFE Queensland

David Smith-O'Brien
Employer: TAFE Queensland


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Regional winner: Mission Australia

Program: Cafe One
www.missionaustralia.com.au/servicedirectory/211-homelessness/douglas-house
(07) 4048 7500

Mission Australia supports people experiencing homelessness to move into stable long-term sustainable housing. To support community and economic participation, Mission Australia created Cafe One—a social enterprise focused on delivering vocational training and work experience to those in need. In 2020, the Cafe One program supported 4 participants to complete a Certificate I in Hospitality – with all securing employment or moving on to further training opportunities.

Regional finalist

Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre
Program: Marin Coast Skills Development Project – Building Your Future
www.mcnc.org.au
(07) 4055 6440


Medium Employer of the Year

Regional winner: Robinson Civil Group

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

Robinson Civil Group—or RCG—are a leading Queensland civil construction company based in the Tropical North. Within the last 2 years RCG has significantly increased its workforce and training budget, requiring a comprehensive training program to support staff in their ongoing professional development. RCG is proud to provide its employees with tailored training and development plans to suit their individual qualifications, experiences and career aspirations.

Regional finalist

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


Small Employer of the Year

Regional winner: GMH Electrical Contracting

www.gmhsolutions.com.au
(07) 4000 4786

GMH Electrical Contracting is a leader in specialist electrical services across Tropical North Queensland. Grown from a small domestic and general commercial contractor in 2016, today its focus is on providing customised electrical work to medical facilities throughout the region. As a result, GMH prides itself on employee training, with its highly specialised workforce currently being supported at all levels, from Certificate III to Bachelor's degrees.

Regional finalists

Mark Fletcher Solid Plaster and Texture Coatings
www.solidplastertexture.com.au
0410 758 553

Tokunai Hair
www.tokunaihair.com
(07) 4041 4411

Last updated 9 July 2021

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