Central Queensland celebrates finalists in the Queensland Training Awards

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice The Honourable Di Farmer

Central Queensland has named its 27 finalists in the 62nd Queensland Training Awards.

  • The awards include 11 categories from individual awards such as the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice and Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year to organisation award categories such as Large, Medium and Small Employer of the Year.
  • Regional winners will be announced on Saturday 1 July and progress to the State Final in September, with the opportunity to compete for national titles at the Australian Training Awards in November.
  • The 2023 Queensland Training Awards showcase the great work in vocational education and training (VET) across the state, with categories for apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, as well as training providers and employers.

    Nominations increased by more than 40 per cent from last year with over 210 regional finalists selected from more than 800 nominations across Queensland.

    The regional winners in the 11 categories will be announced at the local Queensland Training Awards event at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday 1 July 2023.

    Quotes attributable to the Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer:

    “The Queensland Training Awards highlight our top achievers in training and showcase the power of skills.

    “It is wonderful to see so many women recognised for their hard work and with many in traditionally male-dominated trades. There are 14 women in the list of 20 individual awards’ finalists.

    “Congratulations to all the regional finalists who are the skilled Queenslanders we need for our economy to grow,” Minister Farmer said.

    Explainer/fast fact and or further information:

    Notable winners from last year’s Queensland Training Awards include Jennah Halley from Cairns who won the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year and went on to be named Australia’s top apprentice.

    Jennah, who completed a Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, is a proactive role model and mentor encouraging more women to take up the trade.

    This year, women dominate the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year and Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year categories in Central Queensland taking out all six finalists’ spots.

    This includes the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year category, where Eddie Tiller of Mackay is one of the three female finalists.

    Eddie completed her Certificate III in Live Production and Technical Services with the Mackay Regional Council and took on leadership roles at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

    VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year finalist, CQUniversity’s Diploma of Nursing educator Rachel Legros from Yeppoon focuses on student success and wellbeing while developing and delivering innovative learning activities, including escape rooms and problem-based learning, to enhance student engagement and knowledge retention.

    CANEGROWERS Mackay is a finalist in the region’s Community Training Initiative of the Year category for its haulout course that supports and creates employment opportunities in the sugar cane industry.

    Biloela Mechanical and Agricultural Services (BMAS) is a finalist vying for the Small Employer of the Year regional title.

    The company sells and services agricultural equipment and offers employees extensive training opportunities with tailored training schedules, on and off-the-job, apprentice programs and mentor courses.

    BMAS is committed to supporting under-represented groups in employment and is working on community projects to entice and retain workers in the industry.

    Full list of Central Queensland finalists:

    Individual award categories

    Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year:

    Caitlyn Barnes, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, Moranbah

    Gemma Riley, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician/ Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control, Gladstone

    Mikaly Smith, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Rockhampton

    Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year:

    Tennelle Bird, Certificate IV in Human Resources Management, Moranbah

    Eddie Tiller, Certificate in Live Production and Technical Services, Mackay

    Savannah Vella, Certificate III in Business, Yalbaroo, Mackay region

    Vocational Student of the Year:

    Lochie Fuller, Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies, Moranbah

    Michael Hepburn, Certificate III in Community Services, Kawana, Sunshine Coast

    Stacey Mason, Diploma of Nursing, Gracemere, Rockhampton region

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year:

    Quentin Robertson, Certificate III in Civil Construction, Rockhampton

    Tayah Womal, Certificate III in Business, Moranbah

    School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year:

    Abby-Rose Bowman, Holy Spirit College Mackay and NQ Sparks, Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, Mt Ossa, Mackay region

    Copelan Smith, Marist College Emerald and Maraboon Veterinary Surgery, Certificate II in Animal Studies, Emerald

    Charlotte Sneyd, Moranbah State High School and DentalCareXtra, Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Moranbah

    Equity Student of the Year:

    Sharon Atkinson, Certificate III in Work Health and Safety, Blackwater

    Gracie Lynn Blanchfield, Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, Mackay

    Jayden Chen, Certificate III in Business, Emerald

    VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year:

    Trudy Berry, Sarina State High School, Koumala, Mackay region

    Rachel Legos: CQUniversity, Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast

    Earl Neilsen, Axiom College, Pinnacle, Mackay region

    Organisation award categories

    Community Training Initiative of the Year:

    Apprentices and Trainees Queensland: Ignite Your Opportunities, Gladstone and Rockhampton

    Emerald Neighbourhood Centre: Get Set for Work program, Emerald

    CANEGROWERS Mackay: Hailout course, Mackay

    Large Employer of the Year:

    NFR Holdings operating five McDonald’s stores, Northern Beaches, East Mackay, North Mackay, Andergrove and Food Court Canelands

    Queensland Alumina Limited, Gladstone

    Medium Employer of the Year:

    Barcam Electrical Services, Mackay

    RGM Maintenance Rockhampton

    Small Employer of the Year:

    Biloela Mechanical and Agricultural Services, Biloela

    Intuition The Art of Hair, Mackay

    McCarthy Panel Works, Mackay

    To learn more about the Queensland Training Awards visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/qta/winners-and-finalists/

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