​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Metropolitan regional winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from the Metropolitan region.

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 28 July 2017

Where
Hilton, Brisbane

View the Metropolitan regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.1MB)​.

The Metropolitan region thanks their sponsors​.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Electrogroup Apprenticeships and Training

 
 

Regional winner: Sandra Entermann

Qualification: Certificate III in Glass and Glazing
Training provider: The Improve Group
Employer: Greg's Glass & Glazing

After 20 years in the glass and glazing industry, Sandra Entermann was invited to turn her experience into a recognised qualification. Through her apprenticeship, Sandra built on her existing knowledge and expanded her skills. She also completed a further step in the Master Glazier program, becoming the world's first female Certified Glazier. Sandra now speaks in high schools and posts on social media to encourage others to consider a trade career.

Regional finalists

Zoe Bull
Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Engine Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Employer: Cummins South Pacific Pty Ltd

Josiah Holliday
Qualification: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: Australian Trade Training College Ltd
Employer: Triple C Mobile Mechanix


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

 
 

Regional winner: Siobhan Hayter

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance​
Training provider: Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Since discovering one of her mother's nursing textbooks when she was eight years old, Siobhan Hayter knew she wanted to become a nurse. Siobhan's traineeship helped her improve her communication, team and leadership skills and has qualified her as an assistant in nursing. She looks forward to continuing to work in a hospital setting as she studies to become a registered nurse and midwife.

Regional finalists

Emily Dunne
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: New England College
Group training organisation: WPC Group Ltd
Host employer: WPC Group Ltd

Jemma Whitnall
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Orion Training and Performance Management Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: AFL Sports Ready Limited
Host employer: Queensland Rugby Football League Limited (QRL)


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Challenge Employment & Training​

 
 

Regional winner: Rachael Turner

Qualification: Certificate IV in Building and Construction
Training provider: TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Employer: Front Porch Properties

After running a successful music school for 10 years, Rachael Turner decided to pursue her passion for construction and design at TAFE. A highly motivated student, Rachael completed her course in one year. She quickly overcome the challenges of being taken seriously in a male-dominated industry and encourages other women to follow their construction dreams. Rachael is now running her own design and construction company.

Regional finalists

Wendy Gabell
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
Training provider: CHARLTON BROWN

Danielle Vaughan
Qualification: Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
Training provider: Oceania College of Technology
Employer: Holden Windsor
School: Kedron State High School


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Blue Dog Training

 
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Regional winner: Georgie-Leigh Snow

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service
School: Glasshouse Christian College

Georgie-Leigh Snow is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing. Georgie-Leigh's traineeship has given her a better understanding of what it takes to be a nurse, as well as a greater appreciation for her patients' needs and an understanding of the responsibilities of a care provider. She looks forward to working as an assistant in nursing while studying to become a registered nurse.

Regional finalists

David Biondi-Odo
Qualification: Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Training provider: Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts

Cheriya Fenton
Qualification: Certificate II in Business
Training provider: Orion Training and Performance Management Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: AFL Sports Ready Limited
Host employer: ANZ Bank
School: Glenala State High School


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by McDonald's Australia Limited

 
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Regional winner: Charlie Nicolosi

Qualification: Certificate III in Retail Operations
Training provider: McDonald's Australia Limited
Employer: McDonald's Australia Limited
School: Padua College

Charlie Nicolosi aims to one day work in McDonald's management. On learning he could study a Certificate III in Retail Operations with his employer, Charlie approached his school himself to discuss undertaking a school-based traineeship. His training experiences have helped him improve his communication and conflict resolution skills and developed his confidence and self-reliance. He's now a passionate advocate for VET and 'earning and learning'.

Regional finalists

Alex Jackson
Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Brisbane
Employer: Dannyboys Rock Star Sandwiches
School: Kelvin Grove State College

Georgie-Leigh Snow
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service
School: Glasshouse Christian College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by yourtown

 
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Regional winner: Jacqueline Tipene

Qualification: Certificate III in Community Services
Training provider: Skills Generation

Single mother Jacqueline Tipene knew returning to study would not be easy. However, she was determined to 'give back' and achieve her goal to help homeless youth find secure accommodation and re-engage with education. Driven by her passion and supported by her trainer, Jacqueline successfully completed her course. She's since been offered the opportunity to study at university while working with the Department of Child Safety which she hopes to commence in the near future.

Regional finalists

Esme Lyon
Qualification: Certificate II in Health Support Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Brisbane
Employer: Yeronga State High School

Nathan Reid
Qualification: Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
Training provider: EDB Training Services Pty Ltd
Employer: Total Steel of Australia Pty Ltd


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Australian Child Care Career Options

 
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Regional winner: Nathaniel Andrew

Employer: Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts

Nathaniel Andrew is committed to offering performance opportunities to his students and making music education available to everyone. Nathaniel has created accessible, online content for a range of courses and developed resources and teaching methods to help disadvantaged youth identify their strengths and achieve their dreams. Ninety per cent of his advanced diploma students have gone on to study music at university, supported by generous scholarships.

Regional finalists

Helen Ladewig
Employer: Library Training Services Australia

Nathan Morgan
Employer: The Service Trades College Australia


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by WPC Group

 
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Regional winner: Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc

Program: ARCSI Employment & Training
www.arcsi.org.au
(07) 33277 4893

Community-based organisation ARCSI runs training programs helping some of Queensland's most vulnerable job seekers transition into steady employment. Training is designed to not only meet local employment opportunities but also meet the interests of program participants, who are supported to overcome their personal barriers to learning and employment. ARCSI's success can be seen by the number of participants who have since transitioned into employment.

Regional finalists

SANDBAG Inc
Program: SQW Work Skills Traineeships in Construction
www.sandbag.org.au
(07) 3869 3244

yourtown
Program: yourtown Pasifika Community-Based Training Program
www.yourtown.com.au
(07) 3368 3399


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT Australia

 
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Regional winner: Hutchinson Builders

www.hutchinsonbuilders.com.au
(07) 3335 5000

With a dedicated workforce development program, Hutchinson Builders is well-equipped to deliver training to all employees. Apprentices, trainees and other staff benefit from mentoring and individual support as they're engaged in accredited training and other training activities. Subcontractors are also able to take advantage of training opportunities. The business enjoys fantastic completion rates and its focus on developing its people has also benefited staff retention.

Regional finalists

AP Eagers
www.apeagers.com.au
(07) 3608 7100

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
www.iuih.org.au
(07) 3648 9500


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by All Trades Queensland

 
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Regional winner: Jeebropilly Mine

www.newhopegroup.com.au/content/projects/operations/west-moreton/jeebropilly
(07) 3418 0500

The New Hope Group supports all team members at the Jeebropilly Mine to grow and develop in their area of specialisation, whether it's coal, agriculture or port management. A quarter of the workforce, including apprentices, are currently undertaking accredited training courses. Training has helped employees build their confidence and lowered safety incidences. The business also trains the next generation of resource workers through a student vacation work program.

Regional finalists

Mendham Engineering
www.mendhamengineering.com.au
(07) 3275 3311

OZ Excavator Buckets Pty Ltd
www.ozbuckets.com.au
1300 246 009


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Group Training

 
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Regional winner: Tradesmen on Time

www.tradesmenontime.com.au
(07) 3353 8751

Electrical contractor business Tradesmen on Time trains all staff to the highest standard of customer service. Employees also receive ongoing relevant training for their trade or administration role. The business trains apprentices and regularly hosts work experience students. This training focus has directly contributed to Tradesmen on Time's excellent reputation and resulted in competent, highly skilled tradespeople, safe working environments and increased personal development and satisfaction.

Regional finalists

The Bakeologists
(07) 3254 1033

Cribb Street Childcare Centre Inc
www.cribbstreetchildcare.com.au
(07) 3281 9992

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Last updated
31 July 2017