Celebrating Our Regional Training Superstars

For the past 56 years, the Queensland Training Awards have celebrated the state’s top training achievers, recognising individuals and organisations that strive for and have achieved success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training (VET).


At Club Training Australia, we are extremely proud to have 2 trainees from venues in the North Coast region that were nominated in the 2018 Queensland Training Awards.  Danyon O’Brien from Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital was recently awarded the regional Harry Ha​uenschild Apprentice of the Year award.


Trainer Christopher Cave commented on Danyon’s great commitment and willingness to learn, exceeding expectations during his training since he started with Club Training in 2016. ‘It is no surprise that Danyon has won this award.  He possesses a natural leadership within a group and has a proven ability to communicate effectively with trainers, management and his fellow employees’ he said.


Hayden Kubler from Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club Inc. was a very deserving finalist of the Aboriginal and Torres Str​​​ait Islander Student of the Year award.


Hayden recently completed his Certificate III in Hospitality with CTA and is now employed at the Club.  Jason McIlroy our trainer said ‘Hayden was a pleasure to teach over the past eighteen months.  He showed great leadership and initiative within the group of students, was very attentive and an active participant in all of the course activities.’  ‘It’s great to see him gain employment at this wonderful Community Club’ he said.


The team at Cowboys Leagues Club also scored the Medium Employer of the Year award for the North Queensland Region.


Having previously won this award, the Club is committed to staff development through accredited training so that the team can continually improve their skills and grow in the workplace.


Aaron Bray, General Manager of Club Training Australia said that the Club is involved in numerous training programs for staff members at all levels.  ‘This year, Cowboys currently has two commercial cookery students, nine students undertaking a diploma program and six school-based students’.  ‘It’s a testament to Clint Williams and his Board of Directors for supporting a culture or training and development and contributing to the local community as a whole’ he said.


The following Community Clubs were also successful in becoming finalists this year including:

North Coast Region
Medium Employ​​er of the Year – Alex Surf Club

Central Queensland Region
Medium Emplo​yer of the Year – ​Keppel Bay Sailing Club

North Quee​nsland Region
Medium Employer of​​​ the Year – Brothers Leagues Club Townsville


You can check out all of the 2018 Queensland Training Awards regional winners and finalists here


The Queensland Training Awards State Final will be held on 8 September, so there isn’t much longer to wait to see where our regional finalists end up!


Interested in taking on traineeships or looking to bring school- based trainees into your venue?  Simply contact us on (07) 3878 8977 or email [email protected].