The Sunshine Coast has shone bright at a recent awards showcase celebrating the best in vocational education and training (VET) across the state.
A plethora of individuals and organisations from the region were recognised at the 2023 Queensland Training Awards on July 28.
There were winners across several categories, including for apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, as well as training providers and employers.
Dana Whiston, a proud Gooreng Gooreng woman from Caloundra won two categories – Vocational Student of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
Dana completed her Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Disability) at STEPS Education and Training, Caloundra and chose this path after the loss of her mother.
Her dedication led her to a role with a First Nations company where she supports Indigenous women and children.
Dana actively engages with the community, organising events like Deadly Coffee and leading a Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group.
Individual awards categories:
Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year – Jackson McIvor from Buddina
Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year – Taylar Rameka from Battery Hill
Vocational Student of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year – Dana Whiston from Caloundra
Organisation awards categories:
Community Training Initiative of the Year – Teens Take Control, Career Pathways Program, Maroochydore
Large Employer of the Year – White’s IGA, Sunshine Coast
Medium Employer of the Year – ECOllaboration, Nambour
Small Employer of the Year – ePlants Nurseries, Doonan