Herbert boilermaking apprentice Kylie Gilliland has been named TAFE Queensland’s Engineering Apprentice of the Year for North Queensland.

The award recognises the most outstanding apprentice within the engineering trades, which covers the boilermaking, fitting and turning and machining disciplines.

Fellow Herbert employee Jack Pelleri, a fitting and turning apprentice, was named a finalist for Engineering Apprentice of the Year. Both are in the final year of their apprenticeship.
Wilmar Sugar was the only company to have two apprentices nominated as finalists for the Townsville Trade Excellence Awards, with Kylie and Jack competing in the same category.
Wilmar Sugar’s Training Superintendent Daniel Shipard said it was fantastic to have both apprentices make the finals.
“They’re great ambassadors for the business and for our apprenticeship program, which is recognised as one of the best in Queensland,” he said.
“It’s a testament to the hard work they and their supervisors have put into their apprenticeship, and was fantastic to see them recognised on stage.”
Both apprentices will be nominated for the Queensland Training Awards, to be held next year.
Meanwhile, Alexis Sexton, a Townsville year 12 student who has been accepted into our 2023 apprenticeship program, was nominated for TAFE at School Trade Student of the Year.
Alexis will start her electrical apprenticeship in the Herbert in December.