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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.

State winners now have the opportunity to contest the Australian Training Awards, which will be held in Darwin on 17 November.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Construction Skills Queensland

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year: Ashley BrownState winner: Ashley Brown
Certificate III in Carpentry
Training provider: Blue Dog Training
Employer: 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 of 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

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

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Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year: Ben NedwichState winner: Ben Nedwich
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration
Training provider: TAFE Queensland East Coast
Employer: 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

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

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School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Adam HungerfordState winner: Adam Hungerford
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: First Impressions Resources, The Australian Retail College
Employer: 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 this future career aspirations in community youth work or humanitarian services. The communication and leadership skills Adam learned during his traineeship have 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

Vocational Student of the Year

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Vocational Student of the Year: Ashleigh TaylorState winner: Ashleigh Taylor
Qualification: Certificate IV in Human Resources
Training provider: Franklyn Scholar
Employer: 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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Nicholas MuirState winner: Nicholas Muir
Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Training provider: Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training
Employer: 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

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year

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VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year: Judy HoskinsState winner: Judy Hoskins
Employer: TAFE Queensland North
Region: Far North Queensland

As Lead Teacher in Indigenous 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

Small Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Quest Community News

Small Employer of the Year: John Edwards AutomotiveState winner: John Edwards Automotive
(07) 3265 7734
Region: Metropolitan

John Edwards Automotive is a family business at Geebung, Brisbane. Training is a high priority for the business and this is reflected 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

Medium Employer of the Year

Proudly supported by Apprenticeship Support Australia

Medium Employer of the Year: MFE (Maintenance, Fabrication and Engineering) Pty LtdState 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

Large Employer of the Year

Proudly sponsored by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training

Large Employer of the Year: Transit Australia GroupState 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

Small Training Provider of the Year

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Small Training Provider of the Year: CHARLTON BROWNWinner: CHARLTON BROWN
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 Training Provider of the Year

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Large Training Provider of the Year - TAFE QueenslandWinner: 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

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award

Proudly sponsored by the Apprentice Employment Network

Premier's Industry Collaboration Award: CQUniversity and LogiCammsWinner: 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 Ooralea's 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

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