Thursday, September 14, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
In the realm of vocational education and training, the 2023 Queensland Training Awards have become a prominent platform for acknowledging achievements. This event acknowledges apprentices, trainees, vocational students, mentors, and institutions while highlighting standout nominees from across the state, including Central Queensland.
Among the awarded businesses, North Mackay's very own McCarthy Panel Works, a family-owned business, was named Small Employer of the Year. Their dedication to developing the next generation of mechanical experts has not only earned them this title but also contributed significantly to the industry.
Over 52 years Craig and Andrea McCarthy and their team have initiated 31 Apprentice Training Contracts, including successful programs for individuals with disabilities.
The automotive repair shop contributes to the industry and community through partnerships, mentoring, and training programs and offers extended training to technicians to bridge the gap between apprentice learning and new technologies.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it is great to see a local business take home an award this year for their exceptional support of their employees and their community.
“I hope this will inspire more of our local students and employers to pursue their goals through vocational education and training,” Mrs Gilbert added.
“Being a regional winner is already an amazing achievement but taking home a state title is an incredible feat.
“Congratulations to Craig and Andrea – not only have you made our region and community proud but Queensland too.”
Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said that the Queensland Training Awards highlight Queensland’s top achievers in training and showcase the power of skills.
“Congratulations to all the state winners – we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see you represent Queensland at the Australian Training Awards in November.”
The state winners were announced at the Queensland Training Awards State Final Gala Presentation dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane on Saturday 9 September 2023.
This year state-wide nominations increased by more than 40 per cent from last year with over 210 regional finalists selected from more than 800 nominations.
Andrea McCarthy accepted the award for Small Employer of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards State Final gala presentation dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last weekend