​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 14 July 2017

Where
Mercure Townsville

View the North Queensland regional final dinner program (PDF, 876KB)

The North Queensland region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Skill360 Australia

 
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Regional winner: Kane Almond

Qualification: Certificate III in ESI Power Systems - Distribution Overhead
Training provider: Ergon Energy
Employer: Ergon Energy

Kane Almond realised early on that focus and hard work were essential to successfully completing his apprenticeship. While training with Ergon Energy, Kane learned and developed a number of skills that are necessary for this trade and important in his day-to-day life, including critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. He looks forward to undertaking further training to achieve his short, medium and long-term career goals.

Regional finalists

Alexander Clarke
Qualification: Certificate III in Landscape Construction
Training provider: TAFE Queensland North
Group training organisation: Skill360 Australia
Host employer: Paragon Gardens

Alaric Vigerzi
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: TAFE Queensland North
Employer: Wilmar Sugar Pty Ltd


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Allara Learning​​

 
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Regional winner: Jul​​​ian Finlay

Qualification: Certificate III in Financial Services
Training provider: Australian College of Commerce and Management
Group training organisation: TORGAS
Host employer: Queensland Country Credit Union

Growing up with an accountant father, Julian Finlay was always interested in the finance industry. A traineeship was a natural choice for developing his skills in his field. Julian particularly appreciated the practical experience, accessible assistance and opportunity to earn while learning that his traineeship provided. Constantly varied work and learning experiences helped him develop many useful personal and professional skills for the future.

Regional finalists

Brittany Cox
Qualification: Certificate IV in Telecommunication Network Engineering
Training provider: Ramsden
Group training organisation: Programmed SKILLED Workforce
Host employer: Telstra​​

Joel Sullivan
Qualification: Certificate IV in Information Technology Support
Training provider: Australian College of Commerce and Management
Employer: Tec-NQ Limited


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland North

 
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Regional winner: R​obert Douma

Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
Training provider: TAFE Queensland North
Employer: Good Vibrations Tattoo Studio​

A self-proclaimed 'work in progress​', Robert Douma enjoyed a varied career before deciding to focus on his true passion, art. In addition to honing his artistic talent, studying art has helped Robert unlock several exciting opportunities. This includes placing as a finalist in prestigious art competitions, participating in major exhibitions, enrolling in further study at university and securing employment in the arts industry.

Regional finalists

Carla Ottaviano
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Allara Learning

Laquinta Zaro-Uiduldam
Qualification: Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
Training provider: Connect 'n' Grow
Employer: TAIHS


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Connect 'n' Grow

 
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Regional winner: Bria Cusack

Qualification: Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
Training provider: Connect 'n' Grow
Employer: Project Outback Dental

Since enrolling in her Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, Bria Cusack has set several long-term goals for herself. She is now focused on completing further VET courses as a pathway to studying dentistry at university. Through her studies and her time with Project Outback Dental, Bria has become determined to help improve dental health in Indigenous communities.

Regional finalists

Kane Leong
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Allara Learning
Group training organisation: AFL Sports Ready Limited
Host employer: Telstra
School: Kirwan State High School

Carla Ottaviano
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Tactical Training Group


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT Australia

 
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Regional winner: Bria Cusack

Qualification: Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Training provider: The Australian Dental Association
Employer: Project Outback Dental
School: Kirwan State High School

Bria Cusack's experience studying her Certificate III in Dental Assisting has helped her map out a clear career path for the future. Having discovered her passion for oral health, she is currently completing a traineeship as a dental assistant and plans to study dentistry at university. She is also a passionate ambassador for improving Indigenous oral health and hygiene.

Regional finalists

Serena Forrest
Qualification: Certificate II in Animal Studies
Training provider: Animal Industries Resource Centre
Employer: Greencross Vets (Deeragun)
School: Ryan Catholic College

Taryn Lynch
Qualification: Certificate II in Animal Studies
Training provider: Animal Industries Resource Centre
Employer: Greencross Vets (Fairfield)
School: William Ross State High School


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Wilmar Sugar Pty Ltd

 
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Regional winner: Rhys Sunderland

Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: CQUniversity
Employer: Wilmar Sugar Pty Ltd​

Having lost 85 per cent of his left arm's functionality following a workplace accident, Rhys Sunderland worried he'd never complete his electrical apprenticeship. With ongoing support and his own determination, Rhys not only finished his apprenticeship — he also completed other training including working at heights. Rhys credits his training with giving him improved life and people skills and looks forward to further developing himself as an electrician.

Regional finalists

Rhiannon Beerwald
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Kirwan State High School

Mitchell Stephenson
Qualification: Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Training provider: TAFE Queensland North/Gtec


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Department of Education and Training

 
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Regional winner: Andrew Kent

Employer: TAFE Queensland North

Teaching Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Andrew Kent focuses on providing high quality, up-to-date training for his students. By individually tailoring teaching and assessment, Andrew supports all his students to succeed, including those with low literacy and numeracy. His commitment to quality student outcomes is reflected by the fact that several students he trained now refer their own apprentices to the program.

Regional finalists

Arthur Burchett
Employer: Allara Learning

Ross Jorgensen
Employer: Tec-NQ


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by U2E People

 
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Regional winner: North Queensland Cowboys

Program: Cowboys Dream, Believe, Achieve
www.cowboys.com.au
(07) 07 4773 0782

North Queensland Cowboys are driven to repay the loyalty and support they receive from the local community. The Dream, Believe, Achieve program provides disadvantaged job seekers with accredited training and access to opportunities with employers in the club's extensive network. Each participant is supported by a Cowboys mentor before, during and after training to help them achieve better outcomes and succeed in training and employment.

Regional finalists

PCYC Bowen
Program: Workfit Program
www.pcyc.org.au/bowen
(07) 4786 1383

Seed Foundation Australia
Program: First Peoples Health Program
www.seedfoundationaustralia.au
(07) 4728 5041


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Martyr Training

 
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Regional winner: Mount Isa Mines

www.mtisamines.com.au
(07) 4744 2011

Mount Isa Mines has a long tradition of helping employees realise their potential through training. Many senior management team members began their careers there as apprentices or graduates. The company's pathway program fosters talent from Year 9 onwards, while its apprentice sponsorship program gives existing staff the opportunity to complete a trade qualification. A university scholarship program also demonstrates the company's commitment to developing knowledge.

Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Allara Learning

 
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Regional winner: Pacific Marine Group

www.pacificmarinegroup.com.au
(07) 4724 2200​

Pacific Marine Group believes in investing in its people. The business supports a wide range of training opportunities for employees, from first aid courses to diver and marine qualifications. Over half the business' workforce attends off-site training at least once a year and several are completing apprenticeships or advanced trade qualifications. Eighty per cent of trade employees have completed or are completing training at the business.

Regional finalists

Cowboys Leagues Club
www.cowboysleagues.com.au
(07) 4724 8000

Horan & Bird Energy Pty Ltd
www.horanandbird.com.au
1300 467 262


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Tec-NQ

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

(07) 4779 1340

Mechanical business R.H.D. Classic Supplies and Services (RHD) is committed to socially conscious business. All RHD employees are involved in ongoing training, with a goal to both upskill and become better trainers themselves. Some RHD staff gained their first qualification at the business. RHD also trains WorkCover clients as they rebuild their lives and offers training and work experience opportunities to students with disabilities.

Regional finalists

Coast to Country Housing Company
www.c2chousing.org.au
(07) 4772 5530

The Wishing Tree
www.thewishingtreechildcare.com.au
(07) 4789 0600

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Last updated
17 July 2017