11 July 2023

Cape York trainees recognised at awards

| Matt Nicholls
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Kyezaya Namai-Sabatino was named the region’s apprentice/trainee of the year.

Kyezaya Namai-Sabatino was named the region’s apprentice/trainee of the year.

WESTERN Cape College student Kyezaya Namai-Sabatino was named the school-based apprentice/trainee of the year at the Tropical North Queensland, Training Awards on Friday night.

The Napranum resident, who is completing a Certificate II in Engineering while working with Rio Tinto Weipa, was celebrated at the prestigious Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year awards in Cairns.

Fellow Napranum resident Shaniqua Burke was also a winner on the night after she was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for her work at Apunipima as she completes a Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

Regional winners progress to the state final in September, with the opportunity to compete for national titles at the Australian Training Awards in November.

“We have many high-achievers in our wonderful community and this year’s Queensland Training Awards highlighted that right across the region from Cairns and Port Douglas to Mt Sheridan and Napranum, said Member for Cairns Michael Healy, who attended the awards.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Shaniqua Burke.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Shaniqua Burke.

“I congratulate Anglicare North Queensland for taking out the Community Training Initiative of the Year for their comprehensive support services for vulnerable people in the region since 1985.

“Their programs foster connection between the unemployed and local organisations, employers, and government agencies.

“I wish the winners from Tropical North Queensland all the best at the Queensland Training Awards state finals in September.”

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