​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​South East re​gional winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from the South East region. 

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 21 July 2017

Where
Seaworld Resort

View the South East regional final dinner program (PDF, 959​KB)​.

The South East ​region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

 
 

Regional winner: Adam Parniak

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Careers Australia
Employer: Akela Constructions

As long as he can remember, Adam Parniak wanted to become a tradesperson. Completing a carpentry apprenticeship fostered Adam's confidence, leadership, work ethic and respect for his trade, tools, colleagues and clients. It also helped him quickly learn his trade and begin mentoring others in the workplace - including his own father. One of this proudest moments was helping to build his construction manager's new home.

Regional finalists

Cameron Coulston
Qualification: Certificate III in Plumbing​
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Employer: Booth Plumbing Services

Hayden McColl
Qualification: Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Employer: Refrigeration House of Queensland


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

 
 

Regional winner: Hannah Black

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: MEGT Institute
Group training organisation: MEGT
Host employer: Electrogroup Apprenticeships and Training

Having graduated from university without any professional experience, Hannah Black decided to fill this gap with a Certificate III in Business. Throughout her traineeship, Hannah achieved many personal and career goals. Her contribution to the business and her professionalism were recognised as she was given higher responsibilities. Combined with her degree, Hannah's traineeship has prepared her to complete postgraduate university studies.

Regional finalists

Cassidy Fletcher
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Maxima Group Employment
Group training organisation: Maxima Group Training
Host employer: Redland City Council

Gabriela Luersen de Camargo
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: College for Australian Early Childhood Educators (CAECE)
Group training organisation: BUSY At Work
Host employer: Pandas Childcare Centre


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Prime Learning

 
 

Regional winner: Renee June Quill

Qualification: Diploma of Community Services
Training provider: Access Training Institute Pty Ltd
Employer: Logan Youth Justice Service Centre

Having left school aged 13, Renee June Quill initially worried about returning to education. However, her desire to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth motivated Renee to overcome her doubts and complete her diploma course. Renee continues to work helping youth in her community feel understood and cared for as she assists​ them with re-engaging with education or finding stable employment.

Regional finalists

Nathan McHugh
Qualification: Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
Employer: DTM Air Services

Abeer Salem
Qualification: Diploma of Vocational Education and Training; Diploma of Training Design and Development
Training provider: HBA Learning Centre
Employer: The Australian Academy of Business


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by yourtown

 
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Regional winner: Ethan Atkinson

Qualification: Certificate III in Tourism
Training provider: Prestige Training Company
Group training organisation: BUSY At Work
Host employer: Coroborree (Dreamworld)
School: Upper Coomera State College

A proud Aboriginal man with a strong connection to his culture, Ethan Atkinson appreciated the hands-on learning provides by his traineeship. Ethan's training helped him build his confidence as he performed solo presentations as part of Dreamworld's corroboree. He has also learned about the culture and language of other Aboriginal people. He hopes to one day apply his tourism skills to work around the world.

Regional finalists

Shai Darby
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: C&K College of Early Childhood
Employer: C&K Flagstone
School: Flagstone State Community College

Jenna May Sansom
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Retail
Training provider: Gold Coast Trade College
Group training organisation: AFL Sports Ready Limited
Host employer: Kmart School: Southport State High School


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Australian Industry Trade College

 
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Regional winner: Zoe Bowler

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Aurora Training Institute
Employer: Newsxpress
School: Helensvale State High School

Zoe Bowler embarked on a traineeship pathway to gain valuable experience, plus a recognised qualification. Studying a Certificate III in Business has helped Zoe prepare for university and given her the ability to more easily support herself while she studies. She has also grown personally and professionally as she has developed a range of important skills including time management, leadership and communication.

Regional finalists

Shai Darby
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: C&K College of Early Childhood
Employer: C&K Flagstone
School: Flagstone State Community College

Winner Hav
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Ignite Education
Employer: Tax Wise Accounting and Bookkeeping
School: Woodridge State High School


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Australia Personnel Global

 
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Regional winner: Brenton Hills

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Maxima
Group training organisation: Maxima Group Training
Host employer: Redland City Council

Brenton Hills knew a qualification and work experience were vital for finding employment in the current job market. Supported by family and his supervisor, Brenton stepped out of his comfort zone and overcame the challenges associated with cerebral palsy to pursue his goals. Undertaking a business traineeship with Redland City Council has improved Brenton's confidence and given him valuable skills and experience.

Regional finalists

Riley Blackwell
Qualification: Certificate II in Workplace Practices
Training provider: Merrimac State High School
Employer: Jones Mitchell Lawyers

Sangeeta Bowly
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)
Training provider: Business Success Group
Employer: Children's Hospital Foundation


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by The Star Entertainment Group

 
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Regional winner: Zy Kelly

Employer: Helensvale State High School

Dance teacher Zy Kelly introduced the Certificate II in Dance to Helensvale State High School. Her determination to provide opportunities for students to use their skills outside the classroom and in the community has helped her dancers thrive. Zy structures her lessons to suit her students' diverse needs. A 100 per cent graduation rate and the post-school achievements of several students attest to her success.

Regional finalists

Emma Barlow
Employer: TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Sharon Denning
Employer: TAFE Queensland South West


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Chandler MacLeod Group

 
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Regional winner: HELP Enterprises Limited

Program: SQW/GSFW/HELP2YouthSuccess
www.helpenterprises.com.au
(07) 3868 1765

HELP Enterprises Ltd empowers people to live their best life. The organisation's HELP2YouthSuccess program supports young people with behavioural, mental health, personal or family issues to increase their job readiness, self-worth and understanding of workplace etiquette. Participants receive individualised 'wraparound' support and take part in work experience in their local area. Many program participants have since gained and retained employment.

Regional finalists

FSG Australia
Program: The Flexible Skills Growth Project
www.fsg.org.au
(07) 5500 7811

The Twin Rivers Centre
Program: Twin Rivers Community Care
www.twinrivers.org.au
(07) 3382 4000


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Nortec

 
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Regional winner: IKEA Logan

www.ikea.com
(07) 3380 6800

With a belief that helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic workers are the key to success, IKEA Logan invests in training for all staff. The business recently partnered with the community to help upskill local disadvantaged job seekers, including many refugees. These trainees not only gained a recognised qualification - they also improved their confidence and English fluency. Many of these trainees have since continued their employment with IKEA.

Regional finalists

The Council of the City of Gold Coast
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au
1300 465 326

The Star Gold Coast
www.star.com.au/goldcoast/
(07) 5592 8100


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by All Trades Queen​sland

 
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Regional winner: Darwalla Group

www.darwalla.com.au
(07) 3822 0500

With a firm belief that employees are its most valuable asset, poultry producer Darwalla Group assists employees in reaching their full potential through education. All staff members undergo training, including non-accredited internal programs and accredited courses in poultry production, leadership and management. Upskilling existing workers has prepared these individuals for their current and future roles with the business and improved safety for everyone involved.

Regional finalists

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
www.palazzoversace.com.au
(07) 5509 8000

Avante Linemarking Queensland
www.avantelinemarking.com.au
(07) 3807 2433


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Prestige Service Trai​ning

 
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Regional winner: Subway Upper Coomera Village

www.subway.com.au
(07) 5502 3433

Family business Subway Upper Coomera Village trains staff so they're confident in assisting with all the business's operations. Employees undertake an internal Subway training course which is conducted online and on-the-job. The franchise also employs a number of school-based trainees who have grown in confidence and skills as they've progressed throughout their course. Some previous trainees now assist with staff training and mentoring themselves.

Regional finalists

Little Miss Muffin
www.littlemissmuffin.com.au
​​(07) 5531 3066

NightQuarter
www.nightquarter.com.au
1800 264 448

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Last updated
24 July 2017