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2015 state winners

2015 Queensland Training Awards winnersCongratulations to the state winners and finalists of the 2015 Queensland Training Awards

Winners were announced by the Training and Skills Minister Yvette D'Ath at the State Final Presentation Dinner in Brisbane on 11 September 2015.

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State winners contested the Australian Training Awards in November 2015.



Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

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Aaron Lobley - Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year 2015State winner: Aaron Lobley
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland North
Group training organisation: Skill360 Australia
Host employer: Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa 
Region: Far North Queensland

After teaching for eight years, Aaron Lobley knows the importance of education. He ended up practising what he preached, embarking on an apprenticeship as a mature-age student studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Air-conditioning and Refrigeration.

Aaron completed his trade more than a year ahead of schedule and is now working for Rio Tinto. Aaron upgraded his Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment to become a better trainer.

State finalists

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

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Ariel Muntelwit - Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year 2015State winner: Ariel Muntelwit
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: Evocca Workplace Training
Employer: FABIC
Region: South East

Ariel Muntelwit knows that she is on her way to becoming a successful manager thanks to her Certificate III in Business Administration.

After a rocky start to her work and studies at the Functional Assessment and Behavioural Interventions Centre (FABIC), Ariel stuck at it and now does everything with purpose, be it work or study. Ariel considers good administration to be the backbone of a successful business.

State finalists

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

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Daniel O'Brien - School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 2015State winner: Daniel O'Brien
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Training provider: Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd
Group training organisation: Australian Training Company
Host employer: Metro North Hospital and Health Service 
School: St Columban's College
Region: North Coast

At the age of 15, Daniel O'Brien found himself having to wash a patient as part of his Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

While aspects of his training were confronting, completing his Certificate III has also confirmed Daniel's desire to pursue a career in medicine. He aims to embark on a Bachelor of Medical Science once he completes secondary school, followed by a postgraduate Doctor of Medicine.

State finalists

Vocational Student of the Year

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Nicola Lang - Vocational Student of the Year 2015State winner: Nicola Lang
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
Training provider: TAFE Queensland South West
Employer: St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital
Region: Metropolitan

Nicola was happy working as a hospital receptionist until she realised she wanted more. She set her sights on becoming a nurse and hasn't looked back.

In August 2012, Nicola began what she has described as one of the most challenging and rewarding things she has ever done.

For the next two years, the Diploma of Nursing became her focal point. Nicola realised that returning to study was not going to be easy, but she was quick to find that she loved it. Nicola has graduated, is working as an enrolled nurse and is proud to be part of the health industry.

State finalists

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

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Kieran Chilcott - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2015State winner: Kieran Chilcott
 Certificate IV in Mental Health
Training provider: TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Employer: Kulwan Development Corporation Ltd
Region: South East

Kieran Chilcott should add juggling to his list of skills, titles and awards. The father of three is the Executive Officer of the Kalwun Development Corporation, employing 135 staff.

Kieran was the first person in this family to graduate from university. A lifelong learner, Kieran enrolled in his Certificate IV in Mental Health to better support his employees and to build greater empathy for those with mental health issues.

State finalists

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

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Sharan Berry - VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year 2015State winner: Sharan Berry
TAFE Queensland East Coast
Region: North Coast

For 16 years, Sharan Berry has been at the leading edge of hairdressing training at TAFE Queensland East Coast.

The implementation of a weekly check-in process with host employers has been particularly successful in improving apprentice outcomes.

Sharan has developed statewide training systems that are expected to be taken up nationally, as well as online courses linked to YouTube videos which are proving popular with younger learners.

State finalists

Small Employer of the Year

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Hy-Performance Fluid Power - Small Employer of the Year 2015State winner: Hy-Performance Fluid Power Pty Ltd
(07) 3354 6700
Region: Metropolitan

Located at Carole Park, Hy-Performance Fluid Power manufactures and supplies products to the global mining industry.

Its area of specialty is the manufacture of hydraulic components for blast hole drilling rigs.

With a reputation forged on excellence and technical expertise, training is incorporated throughout its entire operations. So committed to training is the organisation, that this year it will be providing free specialist training to its customers.

State finalists

Employer of the Year

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Hyne Timber - Employer of the Year 2015State winner: Hyne Timber
(07) 3345 5666
Region: North Coast

Hyne Timber employs 300 staff across six sites in Queensland.

The company recently rolled out its Business Excellence Program, with all staff enrolled in either a Certificate III or IV in Competitive Systems and Practices.

Hyne's objective is to drive the company's core strategic goals, missions and values, and to build a lean manufacturing approach.

State finalists

Small Training Provider of the Year

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Club Training Australia - Small Training Provider of the Year 2015Winner: Club Training Australia

Club Training Australia (CTA) is a leading registered training organisation in the Queensland club and hospitality industry. Established in 1993 and focused on meeting industry needs, CTA is a training provider of choice for employers wanting to maintain a competitive edge in today's marketplace. It delivers award-winning skills-based programs and accredited qualifications from certificate II to advanced diploma.

Driving its success is a skilled team of trainers and an unwavering commitment to travel across the state to ensure students are given as much face-to-face contact as possible - the ultimate example of 'good old-fashioned hospitality' and quality service.

State finalists

Large Training Provider of the Year

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TAFE Queensland - Large Training Provider of the Year 2015Winner: TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland's leadership in further education and training is built on its presence across Queensland and in overseas markets, the breadth of its industry sector partnerships and the reputation that 130-plus years of service to the community brings.

TAFE Queensland is one organisation encompassing six registered training organisations, sharing knowledge and resources to design and deliver quality, practical training solutions on campus, online and in the workplace.

With a highly experienced teaching workforce and commitment to delivering training that provides real employment outcomes, TAFE Queensland is dedicated to changing the lives of students so they can 'Make Great Happen'.

State finalists

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award

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Project Booyah - Premier's Industry Collaboration Award 2015Winner: Project Booyah

Project Booyah, which translates to an expression for 'joy, excitement or triumph', is a whole-of-government, community-inclusive initiative delivering real change for young people at risk.

Started in 2012, it aims to holistically support disengaged young people and reduce antisocial behaviour, substance misuse, self-harm and crime. Its 20-week program helps build vocational and career pathways through adventure-based learning and skills development, including a Certificate II in Hospitality.

Coordinated by the Queensland Police Service, Project Booyah is delivered in partnership with TAFE Queensland, the Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association and various Queensland Government departments.

State finalists

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