Refrigeration and air conditioning tradesperson Lauren Campbell has taken out the top state award for Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Queensland Training Awards, which this year celebrates 60 years of excellence in training.

Campbell, from Manly West in Brisbane, was named as the winner of the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year at a virtual awards ceremony. She was congratulated by Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer.

“Lauren’s interest in refrigeration started in Year 12 when she secured work experience with A. G. Coombs in Queensland and went on to become their first female apprentice,” says Farmer.

“As a fully qualified tradesperson with the company, Lauren is recognised as a future industry leader, who has already promoted careers in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to other young women.

“Lauren is a deserving recipient of the 2021 Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award.

“I congratulate all winners, finalists and nominees from around the state for their hard work, and for helping to strengthen Queensland’s VET sector which will be vital to a post-COVID-19 recovery.”

Each year, the Queensland Training Awards shine the spotlight on the state’s top-achieving apprentices, trainees, students, employers, teachers and training providers across 14 award categories.

As the state’s top apprentice, Campbell is among the team of Queensland individuals and organisations that will now progress to the Australian Training Awards in November.

Those interested in nominating themselves, their organisation, or someone else in the Queensland Training Awards, can express interest online anytime outside of the nomination period, which is generally at the start of each year.

For more information about entering the awards, and to see a full list of this year’s winners and finalists, visit www.qta.qld.gov.au

To learn more about free and subsidised training for qualifications and skills in demand for eligible Queenslanders, including refrigeration and air conditioning, visit www.qld.gov.au/skillspower


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