2017 Queensland Training Awards

SkillCentred is proud to support the 2017 Queensland Training Awards North Coast Regional Finals’ and is the sponsor of the Medium Employer of the Year Award. SkillCentred has several nominee entrants associated with the awards this year. You can find out more about them below.


About the SkillCentred Nominees

Anneliese Hinchliffe

Anneliese Hinchliffe

2017 ‘Queensland Training Awards’ North Coast Region Equity VET Student of the Year*

Anneliese who was raised on the land (three generations of stud cattle and sugarcane runs through her veins) faced many personal challenges as a young girl growing up. After leaving school she volunteered with a number of community organisations making a significant contribution to the sector, but realised without specialist training she would not be able to make a career there.

In 2016 Anneliese enrolled in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work ‘Business Skills’ project delivered by SkillCentred Queensland in Gympie. It was through this program, the supportive environment and her dedicated trainer that Anneliese was able to complete her Certificate II in Business, undertake work experience and ultimately obtain an Administration traineeship. Anneliese is now moving forward on her path to an administrative career.

In the 2017 Queensland Training Awards, Anneliese was selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the ‘Equity VET Student of Year’ category.

SkillCentred is very proud of this young lady’s achievements.

*(an award for outstanding achievement in overcoming a significant barrier or disadvantage to effectively participate in vocational education and training)

Brooke McMullen

Brooke McMullen

2017 ‘Queensland Training Awards’ North Coast Region Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Regional Winner

Balancing significant commitments​​ at home and work, Brooke McMullen never expected to gain a qualification. However, after working at a registered training organisation, she became determined to study.

Supported by her employer, Brooke completed a business administration traineeship and gained a promotion at work. In addition to furthering her career, she feels training has made her an even more positive role model for her children.

Andrew Crooks

Andrew Crooks

2017 ‘Queensland Training Awards’ North Coast Region Equity VET Student of the Year Nominee

After 30 years in the workforce, Andrew discovered his love of working in the Construction Industry when he was successful in winning a place as a trainee in the SkillCentred Queensland’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work ‘Gympie Community Construction’ work skills project. He completed a Certificate I in Construction and secured a job that makes him happy.

As a young man, Andrew had a pretty rough childhood with no real focus on what he wanted to do with his future. He became a dad at a very young age so he had to do whatever jobs were available to support his family. 

The work skills program, not only provided Andrew with a wide range of real work projects, it enabled him to demonstrate and gain recognition for the skills he had and to develop the skills he needed to gain employment. 

Together with his past experiences, his newfound skills, a formal qualification and the support from SkillCentred staff, Andrew had the courage to apply for and get a job working as a concreter with Anthony Hatchman Concreting. Once he has settled in, the boss will support Andrew to gain further qualifications in the concreting field.

SkillCentred is very proud to have supported Andrew in his achievements particularly in gaining employment in his chosen career.


Celebration Morning Tea

To celebrate the nominees, we gathered at SkillCentred’s Mary Street location for a morning tea. During this event, we heard from our Operations Manager Tammy Stewart, and Anneliese and Brooke received their Finalist certificates.