And the Winner is ….

queensland training awards

In exciting news, the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 QLD Training Awards have been announced! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Queensland Training Awards have celebrated the state’s top training achievers for the past 55 years and this year we were pretty excited to congratulate some of our students as they won in their categories, or were named finalists.

As proud sponsors of the Metropolitan Regional Finals this year, which is exciting enough, we also had two students awarded in their regions! Congratulations to Emma Plant of Port Douglas & District Combined Clubs, trained by Club Training Australia and winner Vocational Student of the Year in the Tropical North Queensland Region!

Having learned early on that combining work and study was her preferred approach to leaning, Emma was eager to undertake a hospitality Diploma. Guided by her mantra, ‘Knowledge is growth’, Emma’s hard work and passion have been rewarded by her continued personal and professional growth, earned through her experiences while studying. Recently promoted to General Manager, we couldn’t be prouder of Emma and her achievements!

We are also proud of Jake Skinner from Alex Surf Lifesaving Club, another student of Club Training Australia, who was one of the finalists in the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year in the North Coast region! Trained by Unity College and Club Training Australia, we are thrilled for Jake and the Alex Surf Lifesaving Club for their ongoing commitment to education and training in the industry!

Other Club Training Australia nominees who are winners in our eyes, include;

  • Luke Strochnetter from Hervey Bay RSL
  • Shauna Nicoletti from Hervey Bay RSL
  • Heramb Karamawant from Airport Retail Enterprises
  • Brittany Greives-Wellman from Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Faythe Hart from Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Keegan Baker from Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Jonathon Pummell from Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Athena Matthews from Cowboys Leagues Club
  • Carla Osborne from Cowboys Leagues Club
  • Mollie Giles from Greenbank RSL
  • Shendelle Hebbard from Greenbank RSL

Not only are our students amazing, we have so many wonderful clients, running outstanding venues who were also winners and finalists across the regions.

Cowboys Leagues Club who were named the Winner for the North Queensland Community Training Initiative of the Year – ‘Cowboys Dream, Believe, Achieve.’ A fantastic initiative that is providing disadvantaged job seekers with accredited training and access to opportunities with employers in the club’s extensive network. The team at the Cowboys Leagues Club were also named as a finalist in the North Queensland Medium Employer of Year! Fantastic effort from all involved and congratulations on the recognition for your great work.

Bundaberg Services Club were names Winner for the North Coast Medium Employer of the Year! With staff at the club trained in all areas of the business, several completing School Based Traineeships, Apprenticeships and undertaking accredited courses – it’s no wonder! The high level of ongoing training has seen improvements in job satisfaction and staff retention, with new and junior staff gaining huge benefits from the amazing mentoring offered by the senior experienced employees. Great work and congratulations to the team at Bundaberg Services Club for their well-deserved win!

Keppel Bay Sailing Club were named as a Finalist for the Central Queensland Medium Employer of the Year, a great effort from a great team. Congratulations on being an amazing employer and keep up the wonderful work.

With the 2017 awards now wrapped up, we are now looking to 2018 and we hope you are too! If you’re interested in taking on a traineeship, or are looking to bring a trainee into your venue, contact us on (07) 3878 8977 or email