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12 September, 2020

More than a bright spark

Cameron Boscacci was named yesterday as the Tropical North Queensland Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year

By Peter McCullagh

 An electrical and instrumentation apprenticeship was something Cameron knew he wanted to do. As their first ever apprentice MSF Sugar Tableland Mill took on, Cameron was successful in obtaining a dual trade apprenticeship. Cameron has learned many work and life lessons and skills during his apprenticeship, including leadership and taking pride in his work and profession.  

 Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said while this year’s event was unlike past celebrations, it continued to recognise the highest achieving individuals, organisations and projects in Queensland’s training system.

 “These awards shine a spotlight on our top achievers in training from across the state and it’s fantastic to announce the regional winners in the Queensland Training Awards,” Ms Fentiman said.

 “I congratulate our winners and finalists from more than 700 nominations across a broad range of skills and industries from seven Queensland regions including our 11 winners from the Metropolitan region.

 “And all of them play an important role in ensuring we have the skilled workforce needed for the jobs now and into the future."

Hawker Pacific Apprentice, Craig Trenberth was recognised as the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year. For Craig, the Diploma of Aeroskills was the next step in his career development after completing his Certificate IV in Aeroskills apprenticeship 2 years ago with employer Hawker Pacific. Craig was able to accelerate his learning, completing his traineeship in half the time and with an average assessment pass rate of around 90 per cent.

Craig has sacrificed many personal activities to reach his aviation career goals and has demonstrated true determination.

Brittney Cromie from Cairns Regional Council was also recognised at the awards as Vocational Student of the Year.

Brittney successfully completed a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management through her employer Cairns Regional Council. Brittney's biggest learning from the course was how to communicate in different circumstances and build relationships with her team and the wider organisation.

The completion of her certificate has had a very strong and positive impact, not only in her work life but also her personal endeavours. Brittney is looking forward to undertaking a diploma to continue her journey of development.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year was awarded regionally to Liamon Mudd.

Moving to Cairns from Kowanyama to undertake a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation at TAFE Queensland was a challenge for Liamon. With the support of the Youth Mobility Program, Liamon was able to access further education and find his pathway to success.

Liamon has an overwhelming passion for life and is constantly pushing to be a better, stronger and a more knowledgeable version of himself. He is eager to share his experiences and enthusiasm with anyone who will listen and enjoys meeting new people and building connections.

Atherton State High School student Bryce Cummings was awarded the Regional School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year.

Bryce has always had a passion for things electrical and is now following in his father's footsteps of becoming an electrician. Through his apprenticeship, Bryce spends 2 days a week working and training with his host employer, Jason Cummings Electrical. This small business based on the Atherton Tablelands has introduced Bryce to many aspects of electrical work which he enjoys.

Bryce is an advocate for vocational education and training, and looks forward to graduating with a qualification, practical skills, experience and access to a range of career opportunities.

A full list of all the Tropical North Queensland winners.

Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year - Regional Winner Cameron Boscassi

Regional Finalists

Scott Connolly

Sean Tesch

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year - Regional Winner Craig Trenberth

Regional Finalists

Shae Furler

Shaiarna Klimm

Vocational of the Year - Regional Winner Brittney Cromie

Regional Finalists

Liamon Mudd

Johannes Schouten

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Student of the Year - Regional Winner Liamon Mudd

Regional Finalists

Danielle Fourmile

Latifah Turner

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - Regional Winner Bryce Cummings

Regional Finalists

Kyah Campigli

Zachary May

Equity VET Student of the Year - Regional Winner Rikki Bruce

Regional Finalists

Huong Baxter

Susan Northey

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year - Regional Winner Sue Edwards

Regional Finalists

Michael Brooker

Renee Dembowski

Community Training Initiative of the Year - Regional Winner National Joblink Cairns

Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre

Large Employer of the Year - Regional Winner Community Enterprise Queensland

Medium Employer of the Year - Regional Winner Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Regional Finalists

Department of Transport and Main Roads - RoadTek North Cairns


Small Employer of the Year - Regional Winner Bama Cape York Services

Regional Finalists

GMH Electrical Contracting

Siv Air

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