​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tropical North Qu​eensland regional winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Tropical North Queensland region. 

Winners were announced at the regional final:

When
Friday 6 July 2018

Where
Rainforestation Nature Park

View the Tropical North Queensland regional final dinner program (PDF, 1.9MB)​.

​The Tropical North Queensland region thanks their sponsors.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Skill360 Australia

Nina Gatti, Winner of the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Nina Gatti

Qualification: Certificate III in Hairdressing
Training provider: Paraskevi International Training & Recruitment
Employer: The Atherton Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists

For as long as she can remember Nina Gatti wanted to be a hairdresser, so as soon as she was able she found herself an apprenticeship. When the salon she was working in was unable to keep her on Nina was devastated - but she remained dedicated to her goal and successfully gained an apprenticeship with The Atherton Hairdressers, where she completed her qualification. Nina is now employed by On the Kutting Edge.

Regional finalists

Raynor Paquin
Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Pullman Cairns International

Andre Taylor
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Host employer: Norship Marine


Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Cairns Regional Council

Caitlin Fullerton, Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Caitlin Fullerton

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Employer: Tropic Wings Pty Ltd

Having been employed by Tropic Wings since completing high school in 2016, Caitlin Fullerton had recently been promoted to a new position in the business' sales and marketing team. With the support of her team and HR manager, she decided to undertake a Certificate III in Business to expand her skillset and gain the professional development she would need to be successful in her new role.

Regional finalists

Madeline Hoffmann
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Skill360 Australia
Employer: Cairns Regional Council

Nedhtalia Nona
Qualification: Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Training provider: Cairns Training Academy
Employer: Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service


Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Jobs Queensland

Philimina Wosomo, Winner of the Vocational Student of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Philimina Wosomo

Qualification: Certificate III in Fishing Operations
Training provider: Australian Maritime College
Employer: Training Connections Australia

Philimina Wosomo began her training to support her father in the expansion of his Torres Strait fishing business. Her Certificate III in Fishing Operations focused on the handling, processing and sale of seafood, skills she hopes to take back to her father and her community. Through her training Philimina has gained confidence in herself and her experience and has become a strong advocate for the benefits of VET.

Regional finalists

Matthew Dillon
Qualification: Diploma of Project Management
Training provider: Priority Management Australia Pty Ltd
Employer: Cairns Regional Council

Clay Linley
Qualification: Certificate II in Drilling Operations / Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work
Training provider: Australasian Drilling Institute Pty Ltd
Employer: Centurion Drilling Pty Ltd


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Rio Tinto Weipa

Gilmore Bon, Winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Gilmore Bon

Qualification: Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: Community Apprenticeships Australia
Host employer: Community Owned Enterprises

Finding himself unemployed and unsure of what to do next, Gilmore Bon was thrilled to learn he had been selected to participate in a paid traineeship in conservation and land management. Hailing from Murray Island, Gilmore has always recognised the importance of looking after the land and sea, and through his traineeship has gained the skills and knowledge to reinforce his passion for the environment.

Regional finalists

Thomas Reuben
Qualification: Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Group training organisation: Community Apprenticeships Australia
Host employer: Community Owned Enterprises

Philimina Wosomo
Qualification: Certificate III in Fishing Operations
Training provider: Australian Maritime College
Employer: Training Connections Australia


School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Business Liaison Association

Ellie Collins, Winner of the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland 
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Regional winner: Ellie Collins

Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Pullman Cairns International
School: St Andrew's Catholic College

Ellie Collins is an incredible motivated 16 year old, focused on achieving her ultimate ambition of becoming a qualified chef. Her training in the Pullman Cairns International kitchen and the hands-on skills she is developing are helping her towards that dream job. Ellie feels fortunate that she is able to begin working towards her career goals while still at high school through her school-based apprenticeship.

Regional finalists

David Dunworth
Qualification: Certificate II in Retail Services
Training provider: Tactical Training Group Pty Ltd
Employer: Freshwater Friendly Grocer
School: St Andrew's Catholic College

Michael Dalton Garland
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality
Training provider: Careers Training Centre
Employer: Sapore Di Italia
School: Innisfail State College


Equity VET Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Vocational Partnerships Group

Debra Baker, Winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Debra Baker

Qualification: Certificate III in Community Services
Training provider: Orion Training
Employer: Safe Places Australia

Debra Baker had been out of work for some time, but dreamt of following her passion to work with disadvantaged children and young people. Although she had previous experience in aged care, Debra lacked the qualifications, skills and confidence to pursue her career goals. After completing her Certificate III in Community Services, Debra is now employed as a youth worker with Safe Places Australia.

Regional finalists

Jason De Bosch
Qualification: Certificate III in Plumbing
Training provider: TAFE Queensland
Employer: Carpentaria Contracting

Louise Gibson
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Training provider: MiHaven Training / Indigenous Job Connections​
Employer: Playgroup Queensland


VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Arnaud Gohier, Winner of the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award, Tropical North Queensland  
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Regional winner: Arnaud Gohier

Employer: Djarragun College

With a strong workforce development background in the mining sector, Arnaud Gohier quickly used his skills in training and engagement to improve the VET outcomes for Djarragun College, enrolling eight Year 12 students in construction and engineering qualifications within his first 12 months. All eight went on to successfully complete their training, with four gaining immediate employment straight out of school.

Regional finalists

Fiona Holden
Employer: Zeal Hair​

Vicki Pates
Employer: TAFE Queensland


Community Training Initiative of the Year

Proudly sponsored by My Pathway

 
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Regional winner: Anglicare North Queensland Limited

Program: GS4W 4870 - Cairns
www.anglicarenq.org.au
(07) 4041 5454​

Anglicare North Queensland is a charitable organisation that provides support for disadvantaged youth, the homeless and people at risk of homelessness. The GS4W 4870 program addresses the needs of trainees by focusing on the reasons for their disengagement from family, community and education. The primary goal of the program is to either re-engage young people with school or assist them in their transition to the workforce.

Regional finalists

Community Enterprise Australia
Program: CEA's Torres Strait | Growing Our Own | Maritime Traineeship Program
(07) 4212 0000

Ngoonbi Community Services Indigenous Corporation (CSIC)
Program: Ngoonbi CSIC Constructions
www.ngoonbi.org.au
(07) 4093 7177


Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by CPL's Mylestones Employment

 
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Regional winner: Pullman Cairns International

www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au
(07) 4031 1300

As an AccorHotels property, Pullman Cairns International has access to the AccorHotels Academie, an RTO that develops and implements training initiatives across Australia. The Academie's Online Platform means that courses are available to all team members, regardless of their position. In addition to the Academie, Pullman Cairns International is committed to supporting apprenticeships in commercial cookery, with a targeted strategy to combat the chef shortage.

Regional finalists

CaPTA Group
www.capta.com.au
(07) 4035 3555

Jubcan Venture Pty Ltd (McDonald's Restaurants - Cairns Central, Cairns Esplanade, Woree, Edmonton, Gordonvale, Innisfail)
www.mcdonalds.com.au/learn/careers
(07) 4031 0292


Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

 
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Regional winner: Hawker Pacific Ltd

www.hawkerpacific.com
(07) 4795 7000​

Hawker Pacific (Cairns) is a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul service centre. They have established an industry training partnership with Aviation Australia to ensure they are able to deliver high-quality service outcomes on time and to the exacting requirements of safety regulators. Hawker Pacific is focused on delivering world-class technical and regulatory training to staff, and providing safe, reliable, quality services to their many customers.

Regional finalist

Cubby Care Early Learning
www.cubbycare.com.au/locations/mooroobool-centre
(07) 4032 0440

Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Rainforestation Nature Park

 
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Regional winner: Zeal Hair

www.facebook.com/zealhair71
(07) 4051 3393

Zeal Hair is a Cairns-based hairdressing salon focused on training. They employ three full-time and one part-time apprentice, all of whom are constantly learning and engaged in training while they work. With apprentices at different levels of training, salon services are priced and structured to suit each apprentice's level of competency and experience, and are performed under the guidance of a trainer.

Regional finalist

Mossman Auto Mart
www.autopro.com.au/stores/mossman
(07) 4098 1186

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