FLASHBACK: Amanda and Mick Astill with their national Australian Training Award … Astill’s Electrical Service went all the way in the training awards last year, winning the Australian Medium Employer of the Year award following wins in the same category in the Regional and State training awards earlier in the year

August 25, 2020

The regional finalists in the prestigious Queensland Training Awards have been announced, and the South Burnett again has a good representation.

Training Minister Shannon Fentiman congratulated the 221 finalists – including several individuals and organisations from the region – on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic and gathering restrictions have meant some major changes to this year’s competition.

Ms Fentiman said the 59th annual Queensland Training Awards would be exclusively online.

“The winners from the seven regions will be announced online on September 11 and the State winners on September 18,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We extended the nomination window this year across the 11 regional award categories and received more than 700 nominations.

“We have a fantastic field of finalists representing different communities, industries and skills.”

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The 33 finalists in the Darling Downs South West region include a number of local individuals and businesses.

There are three finalists in each category. Local finalists include:

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year

  • Avril Gray (Cherbourg)
    Qualification: Certificate I in Hospitality
    Training provider: SkillCentred Queensland Inc
    Employer: SkillCentred Queensland Inc

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

  • Avril Gray (Cherbourg)
    Qualification: Certificate I in Hospitality
    Training provider: SkillCentred Queensland Inc
    Employer: SkillCentred Queensland Inc

School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

  • Jacinta Rockemer (Goomeri)
    Qualification: Certificate III in Agriculture
    Training provider: TAFE Queensland
    Employer: DG & T Rockemer
    School: Brisbane School of Distance Education

Community Training Initiative of the Year

  • SkillCentred Queensland Inc
    Program: Cherbourg Community Initiatives

Large Employer of the Year

  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council

Small Employer of the Year

  • FBI – Favier Building Industries (Kingaroy)

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