​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​North Quee​nsland regional winners and finalists

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

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 13 July 2018

Where
The Ville Resort-Casino

View the North Queensland regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.5MB)​.

The North Queensland region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Skill360 Australia

Nicholas Spina, Winner of the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award, North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Nicholas Spina

Qualification: Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Komatsu Australia Pty Ltd

Nicholas Spina's decision to undertake an apprenticeship with Komatsu was a simple one, as it allowed him to satisfy two of his great interests - heavy machinery and farming. His dedication to his training impressed his employers so much that he was named Komatsu National Apprentice of the Year 2017, while his work ethic led to permanent employment with the company at the end of his qualification.

Regional finalists

Giordan Benedetto
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrot​echnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Townsville City Council

Veronica Dolan
Qualification: Certificate III in Electronics and Communications
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Ergon Energy


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

Kathleen Jones, Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award, North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Kathleen Jones

Qualification: Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology
Training provider: Ramsden Telecommunications Training
Group training organisation: Programmed Skilled Workforce Ltd
Host employer: Telstra

Having completed an apprenticeship in the automotive industry, Kathleen Jones knew she had what it takes to undertake further VET qualifications. Kathleen was looking for a flexible career path, one that would allow her to expand her skills and experience. When an opportunity to work for Telstra came along, supported by a Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology, Kathleen recognised it as a perfect chance to make that change.

Regional finalists

Holly Bosworth
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Learning Partnerships
Employer: Townsville City Council​​

Brooke Mulcahy
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Learning Partnerships
Employer: Townsville City Council


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Alice Stewart, Winner of the Vocational Student of the Year award, North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Alice Stewart

Qualification: Diploma of Leadership and Management
Training provider: Learning Partnerships
Employer: Townsville City Council​

Through her personal experience as a trainee and her continued pursuit of training qualifications, Alice Stewart is a natural advocate for VET. From her first certificate in office administration, through to her recently completed diploma, Alice is passionate about learning and development through training. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than going to work each day and playing a pivotal role in building employee capability.

Regional finalists

Georgina Baker
Qualification: Diploma of Nursing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Shalom Elders Village

Rowena Burley
Qualification: Certificate IV in Small Business Management
Training provider: Training Connections Australia


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Seed Foundation Australia

Meagen Beaumont, Winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Meagen Beaumont

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
Training provider: Connect 'N' Grow
Employer: Northern Australian Primary Health Limited
School: Kirwan State High School

Meagen Beaumont is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues and the Closing the Gap initiative, and plans to put the skills and knowledge she has gained during her traineeship to good use within her community. An advocate for on-the-job training and experience, Meagen believes that her traineeship has given her a head start on the pathway to a future career in the health industry.

Regional finalists

Georgina Baker
Qualification: Diploma of Nursing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Shalom Elders Village

Shauna Milne
Qualification: Certificate IV in Small Business Management
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MRAEL

Meagen Beaumont, Winner of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award, North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Meagen Beaumont

Qualification: Certificate III in Health Service Assistance
Training provider: Connect 'N' Grow
Employer: Northern Australian Primary Health Limited
School: Kirwan State High School

Meagen Beaumont is currently undertaking a school-based traineeship with Northern Australia Primary Health Limited, where she works one day per week rotating between their Corporate Office at Douglas and their Headspace Office at Riverway Kirwan. She is passionate about the services that her employer provides and was proud to be offered the opportunity to complete her Certificate III in Health Service Assistance with the organisation.

Regional finalists

Kody Page
Qualification: Certificate II in Warehousing Operations
Training provider: Murray Mallee Training Company Ltd
Group training organisation: Murray Mallee Training Company Ltd
Host employer: Reece Plumbing
School: Kirwan State High School

Riley Parker
Qualification: Certificate III in Plumbing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland​
Employer: Smedley Plumbing & Drainage
School: Kirwan State High School


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Wilmar Sugar Pty Ltd

Noel Ross, Winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year award, North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Noel Ross

Qualification: Certificate I in Business
Training provider: HB Training
Employer: Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland / Mylestones Solutions

Living with cerebral palsy, Noel Ross has face adversity, but these challenges have also made him an expert at breaking down barriers. After finishing school, Noel realised he was going to have to find his own training pathway. When he came across the Mylestones Solutions Garden Crew program, he jumped at the chance to gain both employment and a business qualification.

Regional finalists

Ruby Hindom
Qualification: Certificate III in Beauty Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

Jordan Popple
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: Simple Solutions
Employer: Endeavour Foundation


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

Anita Cubit, Winner of the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award, North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Anita Cubit

Employer: TAFE Queensland

In six years at TAFE Queensland, Anita Cubit has developed an enviable reputation among her peers, management and clients as a teacher of incredible skill and knowledge. An established career in the field of community health before joining the TAFE team has given Anita a deep understanding of what employers are looking for and what skills students need to be successful in the workforce.

Regional finalists

Shannon Bailey
Employer: Tec-NQ

Arthur Burchett
Employer: Allara Learning


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Townsville City Council

 
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Regional winner: Seed Foundation Australia

Program: First People's Health Program
www.seedfoundationaustralia.com.au
(07) 4728 5041

Seed Foundation Australia works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from rural and remote communities to provide pathways into training and employment. Its First People's Health Program is aimed at building Australia's future Indigenous health workforce by delivering nationally recognised certificate II and III qualifications in healthcare and community services. Seed Foundation Australia's students come from more than 50 regional and remote communities across Queensland.

Regional finalists

Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland
Program: Mylest​ones Solutions Townsville Garden Crew
www.cpl.org.au
1800 941 069

Queensland Youth Services
Program: Recycle Your Dreams
www.qys.org.au
(07) 4410 9544


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Allara Learning

 
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Regional winner: Cowboys Leagues Club

www.cowboysleagues.com.au
(07) 4724 8000​

Training is pivotal to the Cowboys Leagues​ Club's long-term development and business planning. Professional development is a key focus to ensure adequate staff are trained in order to fulfil ongoing succession planning at the club, and to develop existing employees into leadership positions within the business. Cowboys' operates a school-based traineeship and work experience program, with an aim to provide employment to the local community.

Regional finalist

Brothers Leagues Club Townsville
www.brotherstsv.com.au
(07) 4773 8000


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Tec-NQ Ltd

 
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Regional winner: R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services

www.facebook.com/rhdclassic
(07) 4779 1340

R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services is a family owned and run business, whose goal is to employ and train quality, passionate people. They attribute must of their growth and success to their dedication to training, and their continual investment in the development of their employees. R.H.D. is also deeply committed to providing employment opportunities to staff who come from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Regional finalist

Domino's Townsville
www.dominos.com.au

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Last updated
13 July 2018