​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Darling​​ Downs South West regional winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from the Darling Downs South West region.

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Saturday 29 July 2017

Where
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

View the Darling Downs South West regional final dinn​er program (PDF, 794KB).

The Darling Downs South West region thanks their sponsors​.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Oakey Beef Exports

 
 

Regional winner: Gemma Hartwig

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting)
Training provider: TAFE Queensland South West
Employer: Ostwald Bros

Determined to set a positive example for her three younger sisters, Gemma Hartwig undertook a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Ostwald Bros. This experience helped her develop her teamwork and communication skills and better understand the nuances of successful leadership. Now employed by Diesel Care, Gemma is a passionate advocate for vocational education and encourages others — especially women — to consider an apprenticeship pathway.

Regional finalists

Jayme Boycon
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting)
Training provider: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd
Employer: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd

Tyne Carlin
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Fitting & Turning)
Training provider: Axial Training
Employer: MFE Pty Ltd


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

 
 

Regional winner: Brianna Allen

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: MAX Solutions
Employer: Western Downs Regional Council

Having graduated from high school without a clear career pathway in mind, Brianna Allen decided to study a business traineeship as a step 'in the right direction'. Throughout her traineeship, Brianna grew both professionally and personally as she improved her confidence and developed a number of valuable new skills, including communication, team and leadership skills. She encourages other school-leavers to consider undertaking a traineeship.

Regional finalists

Sarah Bourke
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland South West
Employer: Warwick Show and Rodeo Society

Georgia Cooper
Qualification: Certificate III in Fitness
Training provider: Australian Institute of Personal Trainers
Employer: Fernwood Toowoomba


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Axial Training

 
 

Regional winner: Christina Balletta

Qualification: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Training provider: The University of Queensland Gatton Vocational Education Centre
Employer: Park Ridge Animal Hospital and BVECCS Albany Creek

Christina Balletta undertook a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to complement her Bachelor degree. With a commitment to continual learning and development, Christina embraced the opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job experience for her chosen career. The experience also helped her to improve her self-confidence and employability skills. Christina looks forward to continuing to enjoy the fulfilment that comes from developing special bonds with her patients.

Regional finalists

Dallas Hinrichsen
Qualification: Certificate III in Mines Emergency Response and Rescue
Training provider: Emergency Risk Management Queensland/Allens Training
Employer: New Acland Mine

Mandy Wieden
Qualification: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Training provider: Open Training & Education Network
Employer: SunPork Farms Tong Park


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Golden West Apprenticeships

 
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Regional winner: Chloe Appo

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Sero Institute
Group training organisation: MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees
Host employer: Downs Industry Schools Co-op
School: St Ursula's College Toowoomba

With a longstanding passion for business, Chloe Appo was eager to complete a school-based traineeship to gain valuable skills and experience. She also wanted to be a role model for other Indigenous students. Chloe's traineeship helped her to improve her communication skills and confidence. She plans to continue studying as she works towards her goal to work in the justice or legal industry.

Regional finalists

Shay Collins
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Careers Australia Institute of Training​
Group training organisation: Golden West Apprenticeships Limited
Host employer: Carbal Medical Services

Steven Whap
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Fitting & Turning)
Training provider: TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Group training organisation: MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees
Host employer: QGC Limited (Surat Basin Queensland Operations)


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by DGT

 
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Regional winner: Bryce Riethmuller

Qualification: Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)
Training provider: Axial Training
Employer: MacLagan Meats
School: Oakey State High School

Having decided that he wanted to explore a career as a butcher, Bryce Riethmuller approached MacLagan Meats himself to discuss completing a school-based apprenticeship. Working across the entire 'paddock to plate' aspects of his industry, Bryce's apprenticeship has helped him develop a range of trade-relevant and transferrable skills. He now helps show and judge cattle and looks forward to a rewarding career as a butcher.

Regional finalists

Kirby O'Shea
Qualification: Certificate III in Education Support
Training provider: CEDAR Centre Ltd
Employer: St Stephen's Catholic Primary School
School: Pittsworth State High School

Kurtis Sankey
Qualification: Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Training provider: Axiom College
Employer: Our Lady of the Southern Cross College​
School: Our Lady of the Southern Cross College​


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

 
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Regional winner: Neil Salcedo

Qualification: Certificate I in Construction
Training provider: DGT

Despite facing several barriers to training, including difficulties with English and a lack of familiarity with Australian culture and how our training system worked, Filipino Neil Salcedo was determined to study construction. Through diligence, hard work and the support of his trainer, Neil overcame these challenges and improved his technical​ and 'soft' skills. He also gained experience working as a team leader on a deck extension project.

Regional finalists

Aluel Akoch
Qualification: Certificate I in Business Administration
Training provider: HB Recruitment and Training

Travis Bayles
Qualification: Certificate I in Construction
Training provider: Train Assess Australia


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

 
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Regional winner: Anthony Morgan

Employer: Axial Training

After years mentoring his own apprentices at work, experienced butcher Anthony Morgan now trains a number of students in meat retailing and small goods manufacture. Anthony adapts his one-on-one teaching delivery to suit each student's learning needs and provides additional support to students with learning difficulties. He also takes time to help his students' employers understand how they can best support their apprentices to succeed.

Regional finalists

Karen Steiner
Employer: Broadspectrum Training Services Pty Ltd

Raymond Wallbank
Employer: Emergency Risk Management Queensland/Allens Training


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Broadspectrum Training Services Pty Ltd

 
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Regional winner: YWCA Queensland

Program: OzHarvest Project
www.ywca.org.au
(07) 3230 3410

Women's organisation YWCA Queensland is committed to preventing violence against women, and empowering women with the skills they need to gain employment and financial independence. The OzHarvest Project trained 27 women, helping them develop a number of important employability skills, giving them valuable experience and qualifications for their resumes, and providing opportunities to network with potential employers. Many participants have since secured employment locally.

Regional finalists

Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc
Program: Dalby & District Tourism & Business Work Skills Project
www.dalbychamber.com.au
(07) 4662 4050

Toowoomba Clubhouse
Program: Discovering Life Through Employment Program
www.toowoombaclubhouse.org.au
(07) 4632 4688


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland South West

 
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Regional winner: Toowoomba Regional Council

www.tr.qld.gov.au
131 872

Toowoomba Regional Council is committed to developing a highly skilled, flexible workforce. From induction programs and job-specific training to apprenticeships, mandatory first aid courses and more, employees participate in a range of training programs. By increasing their skills, broadening their experience, and creating a safe and supportive working environment, training has helped employees progress in their careers and allowed the council to continue offering quality local services.

Regional finalists

New Acland Mine
www.newhopegroup.com.au
1800 882 142

Western Downs Regional Council
www.wdrc.qld.gov.au
1300 268 624


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT Australia

 
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Regional winner: SunPork Farms Tong Park

www.sunporkfarms.com.au
(07) 4668 1233​

SunPork Farms Tong Park is committed to high-quality staff training. Employees at the 'paddock to plate' business participate in a variety of training, including non-accredited programs, VET qualifications and a new autism and agriculture program. All trainees, apprentices and staff receive tailored mentoring and training and are supported by a full-time trainer/assessor. The resulting increase in competence and skills has benefited staff professionally and personally.

Regional finalists

CSM Service Bodies
www.csmservicebodies.com.au
1800 618 332

Hillmans Transport Pty Ltd
www.hillmanstransport.com.au
(07) 4633 2644


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MRAEL

 
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Regional winner: ENZED Surat Basin

www.suratbasin.enzed.com.au
(07) 4662 7038

Family-owned hose fitting and hydraulic servicing business ENZED Surat Basin provides training for all staff. Employees are supported through on and off-the-job training, including vocational certificates and trade-specific short courses and licences. The company also employs a school-based trainee. Training has helped staff work confidently, efficiently and effectively, strengthened their relationship with their employer, and helped the company w​​in work and expand to hire more employees.

Regional finalists

Jazzy Lane Hair Studio
(07) 4637 8818

Mirambeena Children's Centre
www.mirambeenachildrenscentre.com.au
(07) 4630 1989​

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Last updated
02 August 2017