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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Training awards for Central Queensland’s best

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    Training awards for Central Queensland’s best

    Emerald’s Michelle Doughty has proven that with a supportive employer and personal determination for career success, anything is possible with a win at the weekend’s regional final of the Queensland Training Awards.

    Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman congratulated the trainee ranger, who works for the Central Highlands Regional Council, for being awarded the prestigious Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year for Central Queensland.

    “Michelle and the other 10 regional award winners as well as the finalists, deserve to be recognised for their commitment to training,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Hats off to Mackay Regional Council and Central Highlands Regional Council who between them employed an impressive seven individual finalists and scored a winner each.

    “The apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, trainers, community organisations and employers nominated this year represent a range of industries that are important to the regional economy.

    “Shining a light on each of their stories demonstrates how training is building careers for individuals and developing skilled workforces for businesses.

    “It is tremendous to see such diverse training courses and businesses represented, from automotive, hospitality, natural resources, engineering and nursing, to women’s health, shipping, tourism and agriculture in Central Queensland.  

    “Providing outstanding support and training opportunities is the foundation of a successful community initiative and it is terrific to have the Central Queensland Multicultural Association among the winners being awarded the title of Community Training Initiative of the Year.

    “Offering a sincere welcome to migrant newcomers and integration opportunities through projects funded under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, the association has encouraged involvement in a range of certificate II and III courses with a high level of employment success for the participants.” 

    The 11 Central Queensland regional winners are:

    1. Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year: Brittany Webster from Mackay (Certificate III in Parks and Gardens at Horticulture Training Pty Ltd).
    2. Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year: Michelle Doughty from Emerald (Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges).
    3. Vocational Student of the Year: Luke Sondergeld from Norman Gardens, Mackay (Diploma of Nursing at CQUniversity Australia).
    4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Jarred Armstrong-White from Berserker, Rockhampton (Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at Hastings Deering [Australia] Ltd).
    5. School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year: Katie Busk from Moranbah near Mackay (Certificate III in Business Administration [Medical] at UNE Partnerships).
    6. Equity VET Student of the Year: Debbie Chilmaid from Bucasia, Mackay (Certificate II in Community Services at Designer Life).
    7. VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year: Charlie Jensen from Yeppoon (CQUniversity Australia).
    8. Community Training Initiative of the Year: Central Queensland Multicultural Association Inc. for their CQMA Community Care program, from Norman Gardens, Rockhampton.
    9. Large Employer of the Year: Queensland Alumina Limited in Parsons Point, Gladstone.
    10. Medium Employer of the Year: NFR Holdings Pty Ltd t/a McDonalds Mackay East, Northern Beaches and Canelands Foodcourt.
    11. Small Employer of the Year: Taylored Automotive Services in Dysart.

    Assistant Minister for State Development and Member for Mackay Julianne Gilbert represented Ms Fentiman at the Central Queensland Regional Final, which was held at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre.

    “The 11 winners will now represent the Central Queensland region at the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner to be held on 8 September in Brisbane,” Ms Gilbert said.

    “Celebrating the fantastic work so many people are doing in Queensland’s training sector is important, as the state needs more skilled workers and businesses that support people to build careers in their industry.”

    Thanks to the sponsors of the 2018 Central Queensland Regional Final: Mackay Regional Council, Quest Apartment Hotels (Mackay), MEGT (Australia) Ltd, BUSY At Work, CQUniversity Australia, Queensland Training & Development, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, Queensland Alumina Limited, Central Highlands Regional Council, MyneSight, SKILLSTRAIN, Jobs Queensland and Southern Cross Austereo.

    For further information on the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner visit

    A full list of the Central Queensland finalists is available at:

    For further information please contact the Queensland Training Awards via:

    Media contact: Simone Smiles 0427 417 328