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State's best named in the 2020 Queensland Training Awards!

Queensland's top training achievers have been crowned in the 2020 Queensland Training Awards. 

State winners across 14 individual, organisation and project categories were announced as part of a special online awards premiere on Friday 18 September — available now to
view on-demand.

Taking top honours in the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year category, Breanna Cassidy's story highlights how 
earn-and-learn opportunities like traineeships can seriously
kick-start your career.

Without a high school certificate, Breanna was determined to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Working with her employer, Zip Print Australia and training provider Australia College of Commerce and Management, Breanna successfully completed a Certificate III in Business
and hasn't looked back since — now following her passion
for design into an apprenticeship in graphic pre-press.

TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia
teamed up to win the Premier's Industry Collaboration award
for their ISO 9606 Fusion Welding Program.

As well as helping to build Australia’s newest combat vehicles, the program is boosting local business and employment opportunities, while providing high-level, international standard training in welding, right here in Queensland.

Kent Saddlery from Stanthorpe showed how you go from a 'man-man-show' to a show-stopping employer of choice and advocate for training, being named the 2020 Queensland Small Employer of the Year.

See the full list of winners below and
read more winner stories online.

Congratulations to all our amazing state winners, finalists and nominees — our #QTA2020 stars!


And the winners are ...

  • Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year - Braden Hellmuth, North Coast
  • Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year - Breanna Cassidy, North Coast
  • Vocational Student of the Year - Ngaire Trigg, North Queensland
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - Jabin Giblett, Metropolitan
  • School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - Jennifer Myers, Metropolitan
  • Equity VET Student of the Year - Helena Kidd, Central Queensland
  • VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year - Michelle Clements, North Coast
  • Community Training Initiative of the Year - IFYS Ltd, for Youth Transition Services, North Coast
  • Large Employer of the Year - Hastings Deering (Australia Limited), Metropolitan
  • Medium Employer of the Year - selectability Ltd, North Queensland 
  • Small Employer of the Year - Kent Saddlery, Darling Downs South West
  • Large Training Provider of the Year - Asset College
  • Small Training Provider of the Year - AustCare Training
  • Premier's Industry Collaboration - TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia Collaboration, for the ISO 9606 Fusion Welding Program.




#QTA2020 celebrations go off online!

Thousands across Queensland tuned in to watch and cheer on their finalists in the 2020 Queensland Training Awards — the first held exclusively online in the awards' 59-year history.

Among those watching the first multicast of seven regional announcement premieres on Friday 11 September was regional
finalist-come-winner Hardy Manser (top right), joined by students
from The Rockhampton Grammar School where he teaches.

More Queenslanders then tuned into to watch the main event —
the state announcement — on Friday 18 September.

Throughout it all, social media was buzzing with support for #QTA2020 finalists and winners — many proudly wearing their QTA colours, like state finalist Aurora Training Institute educator Robyn Cavanough (bottom right). Support flowed via
regional finals and
state final Facebook events, contributing to a celebration like no other!

We're encouraging Queenslanders to keep the applause rolling
online for all our #QTA2020 stars — winners, finalists and nominees — and to support our state winners as they go on to represent the state at the Australian Training Awards in November.

#GoTeamQLD 👏 👏 👏


  30 June – Nominations closed

  July - August – Judging

  11 September – Regional winners announced, Facebook event

  18 September – State winners announced, Facebook event

  October – National finalists announced

  November – National winners announced, Australian Training Awards




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