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Council’s Trainee of the Year shines at Queensland Training Awards

31 July 2017

Queensland Training Awards Trainee of the Year Brianna Allen with Mayor Paul McVeigh and Award category sponsor, Busy at Work's Bronwyn Dixaon.

Queensland Training Awards Trainee of the Year Brianna Allen with Mayor Paul McVeigh and Award category sponsor, Busy at Work’s Bronwyn Dixaon.

Western Downs Regional Council’s Community Administration Officer Brianna Allen can now add Trainee of the Year to her longlist of achievements, taking home the coveted award at the prestigious Queensland Training Awards, Darling Downs South West region, at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport over the weekend.

  • From a competitive field of 800 applicants across the state, Brianna Allen who completed her Business Traineeship with Council this year, was 1 of only 3 finalists for Trainee of the Year for the Darling Downs South West region;
  • Her outstanding professional growth, commitment to her studies, and exceptional customer service throughout her placements across a number of Council departments put her over the line to take home Trainee of the Year;
  • Western Downs Regional Council was also Regional Finalist for Large Employer of the Year;
  • Brianna will go on to represent the Darling Downs South West region at the State Finals Queensland Training Awards on 1 September in Brisbane.

Trainee of the Year Brianna Allen said it was an incredibly humbling experience to have her work recognised outside of Council.

“To make it to the awards night as a finalist was an experience in itself and to go on to win it, was incredible,” she said.

“It was a great night and I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by people who provided support and encouragement along the way. For my work as a Trainee to be recognised outside of Council is unbelievable and I am very grateful to have been awarded this title.”

Council Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services Councillor Ian Rasmussen said it was fantastic to see our region’s young people celebrated and recognised for their achievements.

“There has been nothing but praise for Brianna’s hard work during her Traineeship with Council, so it was great to see her take home Trainee of the Year at this prestigious event,” he said.

“We’re very proud to now have her as a full-time employee of Council, and look forward to seeing more amazing things from her as she continues to take advantage of the many opportunities in her new role in our Community Department.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said these awards highlight Council’s commitment to support and invest in the growth of young people across the Western Downs.

“It’s important to take the time and recognise the efforts of Trainees and Apprentices who are making real differences in their communities,” he said.

“Our young people are our future, so it was a great pleasure to join Brianna at the Queensland Training Awards, and to speak with such outstanding and passionate young people across the Darling Downs and South West region.

“We also extend our congratulations to the other finalists from the Western Downs, especially Apprentice of the Year Gemma Hartwig from Ostwald Bros, and SunPork Farms Tong Park who took home Medium Employer of the Year.

“Best of luck to both Brianna and Gemma as they go on to represent our region at the State Finals in Brisbane on 1 September.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392

Cr Ian Rasmussen | Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services | 0477 977 082