Congratulations to the state winners and finalists of the 2018 Queensland Training Awards.

Winners were announced by the Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman, at the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner in Brisbane on Saturday 8 September 2018.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

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Christopher Knight, Winner of the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award

State winner: Christopher Knight

Qualification: Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Followmont Transport Pty Ltd
Region: Metropolitan

After completing work placement with Followmont Transport as a GenR8 student, Christopher Knight quickly realised that VET was the right pathway for him. After gaining employment in the company's warehouse, he dedicated himself to becoming trade qualified. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance, but now Christopher can look back on his effort with pride, as a fully qualified heavy vehicle mechanic.

State finalists

  • Nina Gatti - Certificate III in Hairdressing, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Nicholas Spinand - Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology, North Queensland region
  • Brittany Webster - Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, Central Queensland region
  • Tom Bourne - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting), Darling Downs South West region
  • Danyon O'Brien - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, North Coast region
  • Alexander Easterby - Certificate III in Carpentry, South East region

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

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Kathleen Jones, Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award

State winner: Kathleen Jones

Qualification: Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology
Training provider: Ramsden Telecommunications Training
Group training organisation: Programmed Skilled Workforce Ltd
Host employer: Telstra
Region: North Queensland

Having completed an apprenticeship in the automotive industry, Kathleen Jones knew she had what it takes to undertake further VET qualifications. Kathleen was looking for a flexible career path, one that would allow her to expand her skills and experience. When an opportunity to work for Telstra came along, supported by a Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology, Kathleen recognised it as a perfect chance to make that change.

State finalists

  • Caitlin Fullerton - Certificate III in Business, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Michelle Doughty - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, Central Queensland region
  • Shyann Doyle - Certificate III in Business, Darling Downs South West region
  • Sarah Turner - Certificate II in Civil Construction, North Coast region
  • James Barker - Certificate III in Hospitality, Metropolitan region
  • Georgia Handley - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, South East region

Vocational Student of the Year

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Odin Lowsley, Winner of the Vocational Student of the Year award

State winner: Odin Lowsley

Qualification: Diploma of Graphic Design
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Region: South East

After completing a Certificate III in Multimedia in Year 10, Odin Lowsley went on to study a full-time Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE Queensland, rather than continue to Year 11. Odin graduated top of his class, with work experience and awards under his belt. Using his VET qualification as a stepping stone, he was accepted to study a dual degree at Griffith University at just 16.

State finalists

  • Philimina Wosomo - Certificate III in Fishing Operations, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Alice Stewart - Diploma of Leadership and Management, North Queensland region
  • Luke Sondergeld - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), Central Queensland region
  • Samara Hegarty - Certificate IV in Captive Animals, Darling Downs South West region
  • Kuyan Hoban - Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start), North Coast region
  • Patricia Arora - Diploma of Community Services, Metropolitan region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

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Meagen Beaumont, Winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award

State winner: Meagen Beaumont

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
Training provider: Connect 'N' Grow
Employer: Northern Australian Primary Health Limited
School: Kirwan State High School
Region: North Queensland

Meagen Beaumont is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues and the Closing the Gap initiative, and plans to put the skills and knowledge she has gained during her traineeship to good use within her community. An advocate for on-the-job training and experience, Meagen believes that her traineeship has given her a head start on the pathway to a future career in the health industry.

State finalists

  • Gilmore Bon - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Jarred Armstrong-White - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, Central Queensland region
  • Tayla Dennis - Certificate I in Business, Darling Downs South West region
  • Tamika Ivey - Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics / Certificate II in Hospitality / Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander), North Coast region
  • Lilly Graham - Certificate IV in Business, Metropolitan region
  • Tatyana King-Smith - Certificate III in Fitness / Certificate IV in Fitness, South East region

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

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Lachlan Darr, Winner of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award

State winner: Lachlan Darr

Qualification: Certificate III in Agriculture
Training provider: Rural Training Australia
Employer: Oakey Beef Exports
School: Oakey State High School
Region: Darling Downs South West

Agriculture has been a lifelong interest for Lachlan Darr, and the experience he gained through his traineeship with Oakey Beef Exports has convinced him that he has indeed found his dream job. Working with livestock has allowed Lachlan to gain greater insight into the day-to-day requirements of a career in agriculture, and further developed his desire to work in the cattle industry after school.

State finalists

  • Ellie Collins - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Meagen Beaumont - Certificate III in Health Service Assistance, North Queensland region
  • Katie Busk - Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical), Central Queensland region
  • Bryce McLachlan - Certificate III in Carpentry, North Coast region
  • Alby Gillis - Certificate III in Screen and Media, Metropolitan region
  • Matthew Gardiner - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, South East region

Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by CQUniversity Australia

Corina Macpherson, Winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year award

State winner: Corina Macpherson

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: FSG Australia
Employer:FSG Australia
Region: South East

Corina Macpherson was inspired to gain her qualification by her experience as a carer for her daughter, who had epilepsy. Corina is a passionate advocate for the VET system and the positive effect it has had on her life. She believes her Certificate III in Individual Support training has provided her with the skills and knowledge to support not only her clients, but also her fellow carers.

State finalists

  • Debra Baker - Certificate III in Community Services, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Noel Ross - Certificate I in Business, North Queensland region
  • Debbie Chilmaid - Certificate II in Community Services, Central Queensland region
  • Tayla Dennis - Certificate I in Business, Darling Downs South West region
  • Savannah Kittle - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), North Coast region
  • Helene Heath - Certificate I in Business, Metropolitan region

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

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Leanne Morgan, Winner of the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award

State winner: Leanne Morgan

Employer: TAFE Queensland
Region: Darling Downs South West

Leanne Morgan is a proactive health industry educator, developing learning resources to suit her courses and students as required, in order to improve learning outcomes. Drawing on her wealth of experience, Leanne has introduced storytelling as a delivery strategy. Leanne believes that the sharing of experiences allows students to conceptualise the content being taught, leading to better application of knowledge and skills in the workplace.

State finalists

  • Arnaud Gohier - Djarragun College, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Anita Cubit - TAFE Queensland, North Queensland region
  • Charlie Jensen - CQUniversity Australia, Central Queensland region
  • Amanda Schmike - St Columban's College, North Coast region
  • Lou Marks - Institute of Management, Metropolitan region
  • Sara Charleson - Aurora Training Institute, South East region

Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Health and Community Services Workforce Council

Running Wild... Youth Conservation Culture Inc, Winner of the Community Training Initiative of the Year award

State winner: Running Wild... Youth Conservation Culture Inc

Program: Macleay Island Campground
www.runningwild.org.au
0407 555 878
Region: South East

Running Wild is an organisation promoting social cohesion and positive employment outcomes for the local people of the Southern Moreton Bay islands. The Macleay Island Campground project, funded through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, provides a chance for disadvantaged jobseekers to engage in meaningful community contributions and gain valuable knowledge and skills in a realistic work environment, so that they can find local employment opportunities.

State finalists

  • Anglicare North Queensland Limited - GS4W 4870 - Cairns, Tropical North Queensland region
  • Seed Foundation Australia - First People's Health Program, North Queensland region
  • Central Queensland Multicultural Association Ltd - CQMA Community Care, Central Queensland region
  • YWCA Queensland - Giving a Hand, Darling Downs South West region
  • Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd - Indigenous Employment and Training Strategy, North Coast region
  • Multicultural Community Centre Ltd - Multicultural Community Centre, Metropolitan region

Large Training Provider of the Year

Proudly sponsored by The Courier-Mail

TAFE Queensland

Winner: TAFE Queensland

www.tafeqld.edu.au
1300 308 233

TAFE Queensland operates across a network of more than 50 campuses, in the workplace, and online. Its current training program spans foundation skills and entry level qualifications to higher education degrees across more than 520 programs. A state-wide delivery model supports its commitment to working with students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, remote locations, and with students with diverse needs.

State finalists


Small Training Provider of the Year

Proudly sponsored by ACPET (Australian Council for Private Education and Training)

Institute of Culinary Excellence, Winner of the Small Training Provider of the Year award

Winner: Institute of Culinary Excellence

www.theice.com.au
1300 843 423

The Institute of Culinary Excellence (ICE) offers world-class culinary training to apprentice and trainee chefs. ICE is proud to be able to provide its students with training from some of the best chef teachers in the industry, in purpose-built training kitchens at Coorparoo and Kelvin Grove. ICE's individualised training strategy ensures it is able to support its student's needs, and the needs of their workplace.

State finalists


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Apprenticeships

Pullman Cairns International, Winner of the Large Employer of the Year award

State winner: Pullman Cairns International

www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au
(07) 4031 1300
Region: Tropical North Queensland

As an AccorHotels property, Pullman Cairns International has access to the AccorHotels Academie, an RTO that develops and implements training initiatives across Australia. The Academie's Online Platform means that courses are available to all team members, regardless of their position. In addition to the Academie, Pullman Cairns International is committed to supporting apprenticeships in commercial cookery, with a targeted strategy to combat the chef shortage.

State finalists

  • Queensland Alumina Limited - Central Queensland region
  • Easternwell - Darling Downs South West region
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service - North Coast region
  • The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health - Metropolitan region
  • City of Gold Coast - South East region

Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

SunPork Farms Tong Park, Winner of the Medium Employer of the Year award

State winner: SunPork Farms Tong Park

www.sunporkfreshfoods.com.au
(07) 4668 1233
Region: Darling Downs South West

SunPork Farms Tong Park believes that producing high-quality products can only be achieved through the employment, training and retention of highly skilled staff. At SunPork, dedicated trainers adjust their training delivery and support to suit a range of staff needs. In a world-first pilot, SunPork employed and trained autistic adults in specialist animal care, with 70 per cent of participants retaining permanent positions when training was completed

State finalists

  • Hawker Pacific Ltd - Tropical North Queensland region
  • Cowboys Leagues Club - North Queensland region
  • McDonald's NFR Holdings Pty Ltd (Mackay East, Northern Beaches and Canelands Foodcourt) - Central Queensland region
  • Kawana Waters State College - North Coast region
  • Norman R Wright & Sons (Qld) Pty Ltd - Metropolitan region
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - South East region

Small Employer of the Year

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Spencer Constructions, Winner of the Small Employer of the Year award

State winner: Spencer Constructions

www.spencerconstructions.com
(07) 3419 6719
Region: Metropolitan

Spencer Constructions is a growing construction business based on the northside of Brisbane. Founded in 2012, it has grown from a one person, home-based business to an office/warehouse-based enterprise that currently employs 14 full-time equivalent staff. It credits its incredibly low staff turnover rate to a strategic staff development and succession plan, with 80 per cent of its tradesmen currently undertaking nationally accredited training.

State finalists

  • Zeal Hair - Tropical North Queensland region
  • R.H.D. Classic Supplies and Services - North Queensland region
  • Taylored Automotive Services - Central Queensland region
  • Astill's Electrical Service - Darling Downs South West region
  • Avenue Dental Kawana - North Coast region
  • Thom and Ann's Restaurant Deli Pty Ltd - South East region

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award

Mabel Park State High School Health Hub, Winner of the Preimer's Industry Collaboration Award

Winner: Mabel Park State High School Health Hub

Mabel Park State High School's 'Health Hub' is a unique opportunity for students interested in the healthcare industry, providing access to nationally recognised training, industry engagement, work experience, traineeships and employment opportunities. The Health Hub has also become a one-stop shop for industry, where they are able to access potential employees from 14 schools across Logan, using a truly local training pathway.

State finalists

  • Mossman Gorge Training Centre Indigenous Training Program
  • TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and JJ Richards and Sons Pty Ltd Training Collaboration

Last updated 3 June 2019

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