​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North Coast regional winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from the North Coast region.

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Saturday 22 July 2017​

Where
The Shed - Aussie World

View the North Coast regional final dinner program (PDF, 910​​KB)​.

The North Coast region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by East Coast Apprenticeships

 
 

Regional winner: Joshua Merritt

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Blue Dog Training
Employer: Maxbuild Constructions

Joshua Merritt wanted the personal fulfilment that comes with working in a hands-on profession. Having spent a year with Maxbuild Constructions, Joshua successfully convinced his employer to take him on as an apprentice. The effort and passion Joshua invested in his apprenticeship helped him develop a range of important skills, including communication, patience and resilience. He's now a qualified tradesperson and assists in mentoring a new apprentice.

Regional finalists

Kiara Clark-Smith
Qualification: Certificate III in Hairdressing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Brisbane
Employer: Uptown Hair Studio

John Varney
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Training provider: Blue Dog Training
Employer: Brisbane Tank Manufacturing Pty Ltd


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

 
 

Regional winner: Brooke McMullen

Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: SkillCentred Queensland
Employer: Simple Solutions Training and Consulting

Balancing significant commitments​​ at home and work, Brooke McMullen never expected to gain a qualification. However, after working at a registered training organisation, she became determined to study. Supported by her employer, Brooke completed a business administration traineeship and gained a promotion at work. In addition to furthering her career, she feels training has made her an even more positive role model for her children.

Regional finalists

Susan Aitken
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Oceania College of Technology
Group training organisation: WPC Group Ltd
Host employer: Triomf

Samantha Bennett
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: TAFE Queensland East Coast
Employer: TAFE Queensland East Coast


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Challenge Employment & Training

 
 

Regional winner: Chelsea Broeren

Qualification: Diploma of Visual Arts
Training provider: TAFE Queensland East Coast
Employer: Fairy Floss Face Painting

Chelsea Broeren chose to study a Diploma of Visual Arts to explore her creativity. Studying her diploma has expanded Chelsea's knowledge and helped her refine her artistic skills. It has also assisted her to become a more confident communicator. She now aims to master her ceramic skills as she studies a Bachelor of Visual Arts while working in her own face painting and body art business.

Regional finalists

Barbara Gray
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
Training provider: IMPACT Community Services
Employer: Centacare

Vicki Humphreys
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Training provider: Leading Age Services Queensland
Employer: Institute for Urban Indigenous Health


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Hyne Timber

 
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Regional winner: Vicki Humphreys

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Training provider: Leading Age Services Queensland
Employer: Institute for Urban Indigenous Health​

With a strong interest in working in her community, Vicki Humphreys jumped at the chance to study a Certificate III in Individual Support and work to provide culturally safe services for older Indigenous people. Training has not only helped Vicki gain work in a role she is passionate about—it has also helped her set a positive example for her children and grandchildren.

Regional finalists

Eliza Buchanan
Qualification: Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Brisbane
Employer: Bakers Delight North Lakes

Hanah Heaydon
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Careers Australia
Employer: East Coast Apprenticeships


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by SDS Training

 
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Regional winner: Annalea Hembrow

Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Work Skills
Employer: The Coffee Club Central Lakes
School: St Columban's College

Annalea Hembrow chose to study hospitality because of the diverse opportunities the industry offers. She enjoys learning and working through her course modules and credits her traineeship with helping her improve her communication and self-reliance skills. Annalea appreciates the opportunities hospitality provides to find fulfilment every day by helping people with the 'little things'. She hopes to apply the skills she's learned to become an air hostess.

Regional finalists

Talia Mountford
Qualification: Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Training provider: TAFE Queensland East Coast
Employer: Diamond Dental Care
School: Brisbane School of Distance Education

Jake Skinner
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Club Training Australia
Employer: Alex Surf Lifesaving Club
School: Unity College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Simple Solutions Training and Consulting

 
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Regional winner: Rosemeree Humrich

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: Maisie Kaufman Learning Centre

Becoming unemployed at age 60 was the push Rosemeree Humrich needed to finally pursue her chosen career. Although she worried her age and previous learning challenges would be a barrier to completing her course, support from her trainer and loved ones helped Rosemeree succeed in her studies. In addition to gaining a qualification, the skills she learned have enabled her to care for her ill father.

Regional finalists

Patricia McCann
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
Training provider: Leading Age Services Queensland
Employer: Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Rhyce Michaels
Qualification: Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Training provider: STEPS Training


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland East Coast

 
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Regional winner: Ricki-lee Bernhardt-Turpin

Employer: Kawana Waters State College

Ricki-lee Bernhardt-Turpin is a creative industries and live production and services teacher who is committed to engaging students in learning. Ricki-lee works diligently to build relationships with local businesses to offer extensive industry experience to her students. Tailoring her teaching to suit each individual's needs, Ricki-lee instils valuable skills and professionalism in all her students. This has resulted in a 100 per cent completion rate.

Regional finalists

Tracy Galaud
Employer: TAFE Queensland East Coast

Amanda Schimke
Employer: St Columban's College


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Designer Life

 
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Regional winner: Better Together

Program: Better Outcomes
www.bettertogether.net.au
(07) 5499 2230

Caboolture community organisation Better Together helps individuals with disabilities attain a Certificate II in hospitality or retail and supports them to find sustainable employment through its Better Outcomes program. Each participant receives personalised support, including mentoring, job readiness development and more. In addition to supporting participants to find employment, the program also aims to empower them to improve their self-esteem and confidence.

Regional finalists

QLD Fitness Sport and Recreation Skills Alliance
Program: Work Skills to Employment Project​
www.skillsalliance.com.au
(07) 3367 0833

United Synergies
Program: United Synergies' Tait-Duke Community Cottage​ Restoration
www.unitedsynergies.com.au
(07) 5442 4277


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Department of Education and Training, North Coast Region

 
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Regional winner: Shadforths Civil Contractors

www.shadcivil.com.au
(07) 5458 3300

Family-owned civil construction company Shadforths Civil Contractors encourages personal development for all staff. The business believes that by acquiring new skills, staff are empowered to increase their contribution to the business and build their own self-esteem. More than 40 staff members are currently undertaking Certificate III and IV qualifications, and all employees regularly complete accredited and unaccredited short courses. The business also employs 14 apprentices.

Regional finalists

Gympie Regional Council
www.gympie.qld.gov.au
1300 307 800

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
www.health.qld.gov.au/sunshinecoast
(07) 5202 0000


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by SkillCentred Queensland

 
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Regional winner: Bundaberg Services Club

www.bundyservicesclub.com
(07) 4132 6500

Staff at Bundaberg Services Club are trained in all areas of the business. Several employees are completing school-based traineeships, apprenticeships or other accredited courses. Many staff regularly attend workshops run by industry bodies and undertake additional training in RSA, first aid, marketing, security and more. Training has improved job satisfaction and staff retention, in turn ensuring junior staff benefit from thorough mentoring by experienced employees.

Regional finalist

Noosaville Child Care and Preschool Centre
www.noosavillechildcare.com.au
(07) 5455 6033


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Group Training

 
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Regional winner: Maryborough Service Centre

www.maryboroughservice.com.au
(07) 4123 6399

Maryborough Service Centre is committed to improving employee wellbeing, confidence and skills through training. Several administration and trade staff are currently enrolled in accredited training courses and all staff take part in regular onsite, online and after hours training opportunities. In addition to empowering individual staff members, training also helps the business deliver better quality automotive services to customers and creates positive customer relationships.

Regional finalists

Sirocco Noosa
www.sirocconoosa.com.au
(07) 5455 6688

Uptown Hair Studio
www.uptownhair.com.au
(07) 5441 2420​

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Last updated
02 August 2017