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

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from the Metropolitan region.

Winners were annouced at the regional final:

When
Friday 27 July 2018

Where
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

View the Metropolitan regional final dinner program (PDF, 2.2MB)​.

The Metropolitan region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Electrogroup Apprenticeships and Training

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

Regional winner: Christopher Knight

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

After completing work placement with Followmount 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 price, as a fully qualified heavy vehicle mechanic.

Regional finalists

Paul Barrick
Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Treasury Casino & Hotel

Daniel Stapley
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Energex


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

James Barker, Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award, Metropolitan 

Regional winner: James Barker

Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality​
Training provider: Axial Training Pty Ltd
Employer: Mantra Group

James Barker has been passionate about the hospitality industry since childhood, when he was fascinated by his grandfather's description of Les Clefs d'Or, an internationally recognised society of professional concierges. On completion of his Certificate III in Hospitality, James was offered the opportunity to continue his employment with Mantra Group, where he trained as a manger. James is now working towards his Diploma of Hospitality.

Regional finalists

Jessica Burke
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Designer Life
Group training organisation: WPC Group Ltd
Host employer: PROTRADE United

Nonnie Shepherd
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Strat​egix Training Group Pty Ltd
Employer: The University of Queensland


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Challenge Employment & Training​

Patricia Arora, Winner of the Vocational Student of the Year award, Metropolitan 

Regional winner: Patricia Arora

Qualification: Diploma of Community Services
Training provider: Australis College
Employer: Tamborine Mountain Community Care Association (TMCCA)

After immigrating to Australia in 2008, Patricia Arora struggled to find employment. While she held qualifications, her time spent out of the workforce as a mother and homemaker was affecting her applications so she sought to update her skills through VET. After completing her Diploma of Community Services and work placement at TMCCA, Patricia gained permanent employment as a volunteer coordinator with TMCCA.

Regional finalists

Eileen Clarke
Qualification: Diploma of Justice Studies
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Emma Love
Qualification: Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Training provider: Training Direct Australia
Employer: Sofitel Brisbane


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Blue Dog Training

Lilly Graham, Winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, Metropolitan  
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Regional winner: Lilly Graham

Qualification: Certificate IV in Business
Training provider: Orion Training
Employer: Queensland University of Technology

Through her traineeship at the QUT Business School, Lilly Graham developed​ a deep love for business and commerce. After completing her training, Lilly found a role with the University of Queensland (UQ), where she continues to be an advocate for the positive benefits of training. Alongside her work at UC, Lilly has also commenced study at the University of Southern Queensland, undertaking a Bachelor of Business and Commerce.

Regional finalists

Mikayla-Haze Adams-Houston
Qualification: Certificate III in Screen and Media
Training provider: Triple A Training
Employer: Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Inc
School: Lourdes Hill College

Nonnie Shepherd
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Strategix Training Group Pty Ltd
Employer: The University of Queensland


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by McDonald's Australia

Alby Gillis, Winner of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award, Metropolitan 
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Regional winner: Alby Gillis

Qualification: Certificate III in Screen and Media
Training provider: Triple A Training
Employer: Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Inc
School: Emmaus College

Alby Gillis has recently completed a Certificate III in Screen and Media through 98.9FM. He considers his training to be the first step to life-long learning, providing him with key skills in a real-world setting. Through his traineeship, Alby has expanded his knowledge of the media, and is keen to put his experience to use and reach his ultimate goal of gaining an ABC cadetship.

Regional finalists

Jonah Moten
Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Blue Dog Training
Employer: Anthony Speedy Construction Pty Ltd
School: Marist College Ashgrove

Levi Van Rooy
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Mendham Engineering
School: Park Ridge State High School


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

Helene Heath, Winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year award, Metropolitan  
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Regional winner: Helene Heath

Qualification: Certificate I in Business
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Vision Australia

As a long-term unemployed, mature age, visually impaired trainee, Helene Heath was looking for an opportunity to gain the necessary skills to return to the workplace. As a direct result of her traineeship through a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, Helene's original goals became a reality. With a qualification and work experience on her resume, she was able to gain subsequent employment as a project manager with Blind Alliance Australia.

Regional finalists

Daniela Walker
Qualification: Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)
Training provider: Access Training and Education

Hui Wu
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Asian Pacific Institute
Employer: Avenues Early Learning Centre Carina


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Australian Child Care Career Options

Lou Marks, Winner of the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award, Metropolitan 
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Regional winner: Lou Marks

Employer: Institute of Management

When Lou Marks is designing his courses and assessments for the Institute of Management, he is dedicated to ensuring that students not only demonstrate their competency to the relevant criteria, but are also challenged to expand their knowledge through training. Students who have passed through his classes feel confident, value their qualification and leave with the independence to apply their skills in the workplace.

Regional finalists

Shane Marshman
Employer: TAFE Queensland

Damian Tehan
Employer: Masters in Building Training


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by WPC Group

 
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Regional winner: Multicultural Community Centre Ltd

Program: Multicultural Community Centre
www.mccbrisbane.org
(07) 3257 1868

In the last two years, the Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) has trained and equipped more than 300 disadvantaged participants with the practical skills and work experience they need to gain an income and meaningful employment. English is a second or even third language for many of its students, and the MCC is dedicated to ensuring culturally and linguistically diverse trainees have the support they need to succeed.

Regional finalists

Challenge Employment & Training
Program: Challenge Employment and Training
www.challengeemployment.org.au
(07) 3282 8000

Marist180
Program: Building the Commons
www.marist180.org.au
0417 643 048


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

 
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Regional winner: ​The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

www.iuih.org.au
(07) 3828 3600

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in south-east Queensland. It provides comprehensive and culturally accessible primary health care to Indigenous Australians through the delivery of an expansive workforce training program. Since 2010, IUIH has grown its student placement program from 30 students per year to more than 350 students per year.

Regional finalists

Assetlink Services Pty Ltd
www.assetlink.com.au
(02) 9857 7108

Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd
www.hastingsdeering.com.au
(07) 3717 2202


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by All Trades Training

 
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Regional winner: Norman R Wright & Sons (Qld) Pty Ltd

www.wrightsons.com.au
(07) 3399 3911

Since 1909, Norman R Wright & Sons has been designing and building marine vessels on the banks of the Brisbane River. Now in its third generation of the family, Norman R Wright & Sons was a driving force behind the formal recognition of the boatbuilding trade. This support eventually led to the establishment of the Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction, and the employment of 283 apprentices since 1947.

Regional finalists

Hilton Brisbane
www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/queensland/hilton-brisbane-BSBHITW/index.html
(07) 3234 2000

Watkins Steel Pty Ltd
www.watkinssteel.com.au
(07) 3414 7400


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Apprenticeships

 
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Regional winner: Spencer Constructions

www.spencerconstructions.com
(07) 3419 6719

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.

Regional finalists

John Edwards Automotive
www.johnedwardsauto.com
(07) 3265 7734

Plus Passive Fire
www.pluspassivefire.com.au
1800 727 748

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Last updated
27 July 2018