CS Energy Callide Power Station employee and Biloela local Helene Schmidt has been announced as a regional finalist in the prestigious Queensland Training Awards.
Helene is one of three finalists in the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award category in the Central Queensland Regional Final, which will be held at Gladstone on 15 July.
Helene recently completed a Business Administration Traineeship with CS Energy through Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) and her training provider was CQUniversity. Helene has since progressed into the role of Health, Safety and Security Administration Support Officer at the power station.
Callide Power Station General Manager Roy Powell said Helene often went above and beyond in her traineeship and had become a highly regarded and valued employee.
“Helene has exceeded expectations in her role,” Mr Powell said. “She is always eager to learn and expand her understanding of the power station, and upholds a strong focus on safety.”
During her traineeship, Helene stepped up into administration support roles for senior managers on several occasions and helped coordinate the Callide Power Station Family Day in 2016, which was attended by more than 200 people.
Helene continues to seek new challenges for herself and is now studying a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety as part of her new role as Health, Safety and Security Administration Support Officer at Callide Power Station.
“I am honoured to have been named as a regional finalist, as it recognises the hard work I put into my traineeship” Helene said. “I could not have achieved this without the encouragement and opportunities that CS Energy and GAGAL have provided me to develop both professionally and personally.”
Winners at the Central Queensland Regional Finals will progress to the next judging phase to advance to the state final of the Queensland Training Awards on 1 September in Brisbane.