​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2016 Queensland Training Awards state winners

Congratulations to the state winners and finalists of the 2016 Queensland Training Awards.

Winners were announced by the Training and Skills Minister Yvette D'Ath at the State Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 9 September 2016.

Official photography from the night is available at Sheila Sissons Photography. Password is QTA2016.

​Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Construction Skills Queensland

Ashley Brown  

State winner: Ashley Brown

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Trained by: Blue Dog Training
Employed by: James Russell Architect
Region: Metropolitan

Ashley Brown's career pathway is expressed in his own words when he says "while carpentry is not my first qualification, it is definitely the vocation that made me passionate about the construction industry." After completing a Bachelor or Design (Architecture) and a carpentry apprenticeship, Ashley is now studying a Certificate IV in Building and Construction and plans to begin his Masters of Architecture later this year.

State finalists

  • Jason Ballarino - Certificate IV in Engineering, Far North Queensland
  • Panayioti Gianoulis - Certificate III in Electrotechnology, North Queensland
  • Dannielle Weston - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting), Central Queensland
  • Brodie Ellery - Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Darling Downs South West
  • Jericho Storey - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade, North Coast
  • Kurt Trask - Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, South East

​​Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored b​​y BUSY At Work

Ben Nedwich  

State winner: Ben Nedwich

Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Trained by: TAFE Queensland East Coast
Employed by: Bundaberg Regional Council
Region: North Coast

Through completing this traineeship with Bundaberg Regional Council, Ben Nedwich has reinforced his existing knowledge with an accredited qualification that will enhance his career prospects. In recognition of his commitment to his studies, Ben received Sunrise Rotary's TAFE Queensland East Coast Trainee/Apprentice of the Year and Overall Student of the Year awards in 2015 and a full sponsorship to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp.

State finalists

  • Coralie-Pearl Foster - Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, Far North Queensland
  • Tegan Burke - Certificate III in Business, North Queensland
  • Paige Michelmore - Certificate III in Floristry, Central Queensland
  • Maddison McCarthy - Certificate III in Water Operations, Darling Downs South West
  • Wage Poyser - Certificate III in Business, Metropolitan
  • ​Karissa Benson - Certificate III in Business Administration, South East

Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Ashleigh Taylor  

State winner: Ashleigh Taylor

Qualification: Certificate IV in Human Resources
Trained by: Franklyn Scholar
Employed by: Greyhound Australia
Region: Metropolitan

Ashleigh Taylor built a successful career through vocational education and training (VET). Following her traineeship in 2014, Ashleigh accepted a full scholarship from Franklyn Scholar to undertake a Certificate IV in Human Resources. Ashleigh was the first recipient of this opportunity and now is HR Administrator at Greyhound Australia. Ashleigh is currently an Australian Traineeship Ambassador. Through this role she encourages others to consider a VET pathway.

State finalists

  • Janene Anderson - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Far North Queensland
  • Emmanuel Nkurunziza - Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), North Queensland
  • Rachael Bell - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), Central Queensland
  • Christy Johnston - Diploma of Retail Management, Darling Downs South West
  • Nicole Britten - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), North Coast
  • Mark Watego​ - Diploma of Community Services, South East

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Proudly sponsored by the Department of Educ​​​ation and Training

Nicholas Muir  

State winner: Nicholas Muir

Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Trained by: Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training
Employed by: Marymount Primary School
School: Marymount College
Region: South East

With a wealth of sporting achievements in rugby league and swimming to his name, Nicholas Muir decided to undertake a school-based traineeship in sport and recreation. Work as a swimming instructor is helping Nicholas hone his teaching skills and cement his position as a role model, trusted by students and parents. Nicholas is particularly honoured to be a peer mentor to younger Aboriginal students in his school community.

State finalists

  • Coralie-Pearl Foster - Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, Far North Que​ensland
  • Georgia Iddon - Certificate II in Animal Studies, North Queensland
  • Nikita Punch - Certificate II in Business, Central Queensland
  • Peyton Thompson​ - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Darling Downs South West​
  • Matthew Jones - Certificate II in Business, North Coast
  • Nadia Morrison - Certificate III in Business, Metropolitan

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Hutchinson Builders

Adam Hungerford  

State winner: Adam Hungerford

Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Trained by: First Impressions Resources, The Australian Retail College
Employed by: Clifton News
School: Clifton State High School
Region: Darling Downs South West

Adam Hungerford chose a school-based traineeship to gain the essential skills he needed for his future career aspirations in community youth work or humanitarian services. The communication and leadership skills Adam learned during his traineeship allowed him to run a Christmas Plum Pudding venture that raised much-needed funds for Singing Kites, a small school in Cambodia. Adam is also School President at Clifton State High and a Toowoomba Regional Council Youth Leader.

State finalists

  • Eva Condullas - Certificate III in Hairdressing, Far North Queensland
  • Phillip McIntosh - Certificate III in Plumbing, North Queensland
  • Shaylee Sim - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Central Queensland
  • Maddison Beel - Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, North Coast
  • Naomi Freese - Certificate III in Aged Care, Metropolitan
  • Nicholas Muir​ - Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, S​outh East

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by TechnologyOne

Judy Hoskins  

State winner: Judy Hoskins

Employed by: TAFE Queensland North
Region: Far North Queensland

As Lead Teacher in In​digenous Primary Health Care, Judy Hoskins is a tireless advocate for her students and the industry. As a registered nurse with leadership and management experience, Judy teaches by experience using real-life examples from her career. Judy actively revises and develops course content specific to the needs of Indigenous and Torres Strait health workers to help provide better treatment for people living in remote communities.

State finalists

  • Nadia Knight​ - TAFE Queensland North, North Queensland
  • Paul Kelly - CQUniversity, Central Queensland
  • Craig Taylor - TAFE Queensland South East, Darling Downs South West
  • Emma Rice - TAFE Queensland East Coast, North C​oast
  • Nathan Morgan - The Service Trades College Australia (RTO) Pty Ltd, Metropolitan
  • Glenn Raine - People and Performance Solutions, South East

Large Training Provider of the Year

Proudly sponsored by the Department of Education and Training

TAFE Queensland  

Winner: TAFE Queensland

1300 308 233

TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of VET in Queensland, with a history of serving Queensland's communities for more than 130 years. TAFE Queensland services the length and breadth of the state through six registered training organisations. This unique structure allows TAFE Queensland to share knowledge and resources to deliver high quality training solutions that meet the needs of students and industry.

State finalist

Small Training Provider of the Year

Proudly sponsored by The Courier-Mail



1300 626 643

Through specialist training, recruitment, employment and industry advocacy CHARLTON BROWN®​ has become a leader in the care and community services sector. Building on its early beginnings as a specialised nanny training college, CHARLTON BROWN® responded to the growing demand for qualified carers and expanded its training scope to include a broad spectrum of care disciplines, including early childhood, aged care, disability, community services, youth work and justice.

State finalists

Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by the A​ustralian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

Transit Australia Group  

State winner: Transit Australia Group

(07) 5579 5900
Region: South East

Transit Australia Group (TAG) is a leading provider of bus mass transit. Incorporating bus design and manufacturing company Bustech and transport companies Surfside Buslines and Sunbus, it operates more than 700 vehicles and employs more than 1400 people. With the launch of TAG's People Excellence Program, the company invested $2.7 million towards workforce development opportunities, creating pathways for upskilling and setting new standards for the industry.

State finalists

  • ​Rio Tinto Weipa, Far North Queensland​
  • Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited, North Queensland
  • Mackay Regional Council, Central Queensland​
  • Oakey Beef Exports Pty Ltd, Darling Downs South West​
  • Hyne Timber, North Coast
  • McDonald's Australia Limited, Metropolitan​

Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by A​pprenticeship Support Australia

MFE Pty Ltd  

State winner: MFE (Maintenance, Fabrication and Engineering) Pty Ltd

(07) 4665 5733
Region: Darling Downs South West

Established in 2011, MFE has become a market leader in plant maintenance, fabrication and project services throughout Southern Queensland. As a proud member of the Chinchilla community, MFE provides professional development and employment to local residents. A commitment to training has had a number of benefits of the business, including new business opportunities, increased project efficiency, a reduced need for contractors and low staff turnover.

State finalists

  • Hawker Pacific Cairns, Far North Queensland
  • Cowboys Leagues Club, North Queensland
  • Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Central Queensland
  • Peninsula Palms Aged and Community Services, North Coast
  • Applied and Decorative Painting, Metropolitan
  • Greenbank RSL Services Club Inc​, South East​​

Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Quest Community News

John Edwards Automotive  

State winner: John Edwards Automotive

(07) 3265 7734
Region: Metropolitan

ohn Edwards Automotive is a family business at Geebung, Brisbane. Training is a high priority for the business and this is reflect​ed in their commitment to employ apprentices and train them in the automotive field to ensure there is always fully qualified technicians within the industry. To better understand the VET system and implement best practice in staff training in the business, owner John Edwards has ​​completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

State finalists

  • fgf Bitumen Pty Ltd, Far North Queensland
  • The Wishing Tree Rasmussen, North Queensland
  • Minx Comtemporary Hair Boutique, Darling Dow​ns South West
  • Hot Chilli Electrical, North Coast
  • Jen's Garden / Abilities Plus, South E​ast

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award

Proudly sponsored by Apprenticeship Employment Network


Winner: CQUniversity and LogiCamms

CQUniversity and engineering consultancy LogiCamms joined forces, with the support of a range of industry partners, to introduce a biodiesel plant project for the delivery of a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways at CQUniversity Mackay Ooraleas Trade Training Centre. The project has given more than 300 local students a unique, innovative and engaging training experience that is highly valued by industry supporters and future employers.

State finalists

  • ​​EQIP Gladstone Incorporated
  • West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and the Health Pathways Alliance
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31 May 2017