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

Congratulations and good luck to the finalists from the South East region. 

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 20 July 2018

Where
​Movie World

View the South East regional final dinner program (PDF, 2MB)​.

The South East ​region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Gold Coast School of Construction

Alexander Easterby, Winner of the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award, South East 

Regional winner: Alexander Easterby

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Blue Dog Training
Employer: Solent Building and Carpentry

Alexander Easterby knew early on that he wanted to work in a trade. Visiting his uncle's cabinet making workshop, he would find scrap timber and build whatever he could from it. Supported by his school's VET program, he sought out a school-based apprenticeship as soon as he reached Year 10. He is now a fully qualified carpenter, and as passionate about building as ever.

Regional finalists

Maddison Follers
Qualification: Certificate III in Hairdressing​
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Fancy Hair Studio

Carl Sullivan
Qualification: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Surfers City Holden


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by BUSY At Work

Georgia Handley, Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award, South East 

Regional winner: Georgia Handley

Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: Australian Hospitality Skills Recognition
Employer: Aussie Adventures Childcare Centres

Georgia Handley's passion for early childhood education developed from an interest in the developmental stages of the brain in childhood. And while this could have taken her down a number of different career paths, Georgia's completion of her Certificate III has confirmed her desire to continue her training as an educator, supporting kids in their earliest stages of development and learning.

Regional finalists

Tahlya Anderson
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: The Maxima Group Incorporated
Host employer: Logan Hospital

Oliver Lee
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: The Maxima Group Incorporated
Host employer: Logan Hospital


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Multilink Com​munity Services

Odin Lowsley, Winner of the Vocational Student of the Year award, South East 

Regional winner: Odin Lowsley

Qualification: Diploma of Graphic Design
Training provider: TAFE Queensland

After completing a Certificate III in Multimedia in Year 10, Odin Lowsley went on to study a full-time Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE Queensland, rather than continue to Year 11. Odin graduated top of his class, with work experience and awards under his belt. Using his VET qualification as a stepping stone, he was accepted to study a dual degree at Griffith University at just 16.

Regional finalists

Nixon Brass
Qualification: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Training provider: Brisbane Business & Hospitality Training
Employer: National Trust Australia (Queensland) - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Michelle Gee
Qualification: Diploma of Legal Services
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Queensland Ambulance Service


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Australian Industry Trade College

Tatyana King-Smith, Winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, South East  
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Regional winner: Tatyana King-Smith

Qualification: Certificate III in Fitness / Certificate IV in Fitness
Training provider: Fit Education

Tatyana King-Smith completed her Certificate III and IV in Fitness while still at school, which helped her gain acceptance to Bond University's Diploma and Bachelor of Sport Management. Before commencing her studies in 2018, she returned to her home town of Weipa to use her newly acquired knowledge and skills to develop a program addressing critical health and fitness issues in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Regional finalists

Aaryn Dejong
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Prestige Service Training
Principal employer organisation: ​Prestige Service Training
Host employer: Coffee Club Jimboomba
School: Parklands Christian College

Bellah Lattenstein
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Prestige Service Training
Principal employer organisation: Prestige Service Training
Host employer: Presto's Cafe
School: Southport State High School


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Matthew Gardiner, Winner of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award, South East 
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Regional winner: Matthew Gardiner

Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Riviera Australia Pty Ltd
School: Varsity College

With a lifelong love of the water, Matthew Gardiner knew that his career path lay in the marine industry. For Matthew, each training qualification he completed presented a new opportunity, and he was thrilled when he learnt that Riviera would be offering school-based apprenticeships in 2018. After undertaking a period of work experience, applications and interviews, Matthew was accepted as a marine diesel fitting apprentice.

Regional finalists

Connie Bourne
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Prestige Service Training
Principal employer organisation: Prestige Service Training
Host employer: Wholesale Toners Australia
School: Robina State High School

Ashlyn Shoesmith
Qualification: Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Tamborine Mountain Optometrists
School: Australian Industry Trade College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Redland C​ity Council

Conina Macpherson, Winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year award, South East  
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Regional winner: Corina Macpherson

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Training provider: FSG Australia
Employer: FSG Australia

Corina Macpherson was inspired to gain her qualification by her experience as a carer for her daughter, who had epilepsy. Corina is a passionate advocate for the VET system and the positive effect it has had on her life. She believes her Certificate III in Individual Support training has provided her with the skills and knowledge to support not only her clients, but also her fellow carers.

Regional finalists

Cabrini Dougherty
Qualification: Certificate II in Hospitality
Training provider: Quality Training and Hospitality College
Employer: Youth Connections Group
Host employer: Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise
School: Southport State High School

Jessica Wilson
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Orion Training
Employer: Youth Connections Group
Host employer: EyeBiz, Upper Coomera
School: Southport State High School


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by The Star Entertainment Group

Sara Charleson, Winner of the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award, South East 
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Regional winner: Sara Charleson

Employer: Aurora Training Institute

Sara Charleson's ability to empathise with her students is part of what makes her such an excellent VET trainer, and a trusted mentor for those who have come back from similarly challenging backgrounds. She injects humour and real-world examples into every class, drawing on her vast experience in hospitality and business operations. Sara believes that a strong VET industry invariably leads to better outcomes for students.

Regional finalists

Michelle Ninness
Employer: FSG Australia

Peter Whitehouse
Employer: Helensvale State High School


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MRAEL

 
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Regional winner: Running Wild.. Youth Conservation Culture Inc

Program: Macleay Island Campground
www.runningwild.org.au
0407 555 878

Running Wild is an organisation promoting social cohesion and positive employment outcomes for the local people of the Southern Moreton Bay islands. The Macleay Island Campground project, funded through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, provides a chance for disadvantaged jobseekers to engage in meaningful community contributions and gain valuable knowledge and skills in a realistic work environment, so that they can find local employment opportunities.

Regional finalists

The Migrant Centre Organisation (TMC) Inc
Program: Migrants Matter
www.migrantcentre.org
(07) 5591 7261

Twin Rivers Centre
Program: Launch into Hospitality
www.twinrivers.org.au
(07) 3382 4000


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by M​​EGT (Australia) Ltd

 
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Regional winner: City of Gold Coast

www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au
1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)

City of Gold Coast employs more than 3,600 staff and is dedicated to supporting each and every one of them to be successful in their role. The City recognises the importance of investing in people, and is committed to providing accredited training to staff across the business - a commitment which has lead to improved business performance, customer service and staff retention rates.

Regional finalists

Dreamworld
www.dreamworld.com.au
(07) 5588 1111

Frizelle Sunshine Automotive​​
www.jamesfrizelles.com.au/
1300 663 937


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by All Trades Training

 
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Regional winner: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au
(07) 5534 1266

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary prides itself on having a genuine training culture in place across the business - starting from recruitment. It is focused on recruiting people that are passionate, productive and flexible, seeking the right attitude first, and providing the right skills through training. Training at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is firmly embedded in its culture, with all team members engaged in regular on- and off-the-job learning and training.

Regional finalists

Clark's Logan City Bus Service
(07) 3200 6754

Protest Engineering
www.protestengineering.com
(07) 5568 0180


Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by OSMAC Apprenticeships​

 
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Regional winner: Thom and Ann's Restaurant Deli Pty Ltd

www.thomandanns.com.au
(07) 5677 0828

Thom and Ann's Restaurant Deli is a thriving business in Yarrabilba. It has 10 staff members, with a number currently undertaking training qualifications, including a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and Certificate​ III in Hospitality. Traineeships are vital to Thom and Ann's, allowing owners Scott and Fiona to impart their knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry, while also successfully growing their business through skilled, well-trained staff members.

Regional finalists

6729 Bakery
www.facebook.com/6729Bakery
​​0416 056 729

Rob Milla Electrical Pty Ltd
www.millaelectrical.com.au
(07) 5597 0932

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Last updated
20 July 2018