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St Columban’s College, Caboolture Student Wins Regional Trade Training Award

St Columban’s College, Caboolture Year 12-Student, Annalea Hembrow (Annie) has won the Regional School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award.

Her win was announced at the Regional Trade Training Awards Event and she will now progress through to contend for the State award in the same category.

Annie is a highly-driven school based trainee working at The Coffee Club, Central Lakes while studying her Certificate III in Hospitality. Central Lakes Coffee Club Business Owner, Tina Howes also attended the event in support of Annie.

“I am so thankful to St Columban’s College for the opportunity to undertake my traineeship in Hospitality at the Coffee Club Central Lakes,” Annie said.

“I would not have developed the skills I have today if it was not for this amazing opportunity.

“I am also thankful for the encouragement given to me from the College to enter into the Queensland training awards.”

St Columban’s College, Caboolture Principal, Ms Ann Rebgetz expressed her excitement that Annie was named a State Finalist.

“Annalea has been named as a state finalist, which makes us very excited,” Principal Ann Rebgetz exclaimed.

Each year, St Columban’s College participate in the National Training Awards run by the Australian Government. The regional awards encompass seven categories ranging from employers to school based trainees – there were over 800 nominees competing for three finalist places in each category.

St Columban’s College, Caboolture Design and Living Technologies Leader/Trade Training Manager, Mrs Amanda Schimke was a regional finalist in the VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year category. She was nominated for outstanding achievement for providing nationally recognised training to students.

“It was an honour to be nominated, I was very fortunate to be named as a finalist in the top three,” Mrs Amanda Schimke said.

Principal Ann Rebgetz talked about the college learning culture and congratulated Mrs Schimke on doing so well.

“The college focuses on quality teaching and training,” Principal Rebgetz said.

“It also believes all students need to be strategic and able to combine a school based traineeship with their school studies.

“We are proud of both our teacher Amanda Schimke and student Annie Hembrow being regional finalists.

“It has been again a great achievement that as a College we are one of three finalists at State level as a small training provider,” Ms Rebgetz said.

The Queensland State Training Award winners will be announced at a State Gala Dinner in Brisbane on 1 September – and will continue through to vie for the National Awards at the Australian Training Awards Presentation Dinner in Canberra on 23 November.

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