Toowoomba Regional Council won the regional award for Large Employer of the Year (200 or more full-time staff)

September 11, 2020

Toowoomba Regional Council took out the “Large Employer Of The Year Award” at the Queensland Training Awards (Darling Downs South West Region) announced on Friday morning.

For the first time in the award’s 59-year history, the regional winners were announced online instead of at a public function due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman congratulated all the finalists, including those who did not win regional awards.

“All finalists should be exceptionally proud of your achievements. You’re inspiring!” she said.

She said the awards celebrate and acknowledge the top training achievers and employers.

More than 700 individuals, businesses, community organisations and training providers nominated for awards across Queensland.

The South Burnett had a number of finalists in the Darling Downs South West Region (details below), including:

  • FBI – Favier Building Industries, from Kingaroy, in the Small Employer of the Year category (for 19 or fewer staff)
  • South Burnett Regional Council, in the Large Employer of the Year category (200 or more full-time staff)
  • Avril Gray, from Cherbourg, and Jacinta Rockemer, from Goomeri.

Regional award winners will now be selected to compete for State awards, and if successful there, compete at a national level.

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The 33 finalists in the Darling Downs South West Region included a number of South Burnett individuals and businesses.

There were 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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