CQUni-trained pair win big at CQ Regional Queensland Training Awards

02 August 2021

CQUniversity vocational education and training business students' Litia Pitt and Liticha McMullen' have won big in their categories at the CQ Regional Queensland Training Awards.

CQUniversity Certificate III in Business student Litia Pitt' who works at Isaac Regional Council' was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the Central Queensland Regional Queensland Training Awards.

Litia' who belongs to the Erub people' being Darnley Island' was named the winner during an online ceremony on 30 July. She was one of two CQUni-trained students who won at the awards.

"I am so overwhelmed by the love and support I have received these past few days since the announcement – it feels so surreal'" she said.

"Whilst I am so grateful that I did come out on top' I'm also so proud of the other finalists and the hard work they put into getting that far within the awards.

"I have my eye on becoming the State winner' but am soaking up every moment that I can at this point in time.

"Without CQUni and the immense support I received from the teaching staff' I think my training experience would be vastly different. My training experience with CQUni was nothing short of delightful' even despite the challenges I faced along the way. I am very grateful for CQUni and could not see myself getting this far without their support."

Liticha was announced as the winner of the Equity VET Student of the Year category at same awards.

"Winning the Equity VET Student of the Year Award for Central Queensland Region means so much to me. Winning this award is recognition for all the hard work and time I have invested and the barriers I have overcome in completing my Certificate IV in Human Resources. This experience has been absolutely amazing'" she said.

"The assistance and support I received from CQUni whilst undertaking my Certificate IV in Human Resources was fundamental in keeping me on track and ensuring that I completed the course prior to the completion date. Additionally' the option of being able to use the campus facilities as a quiet place to complete assessments was greatly utilised by myself. Being able to remove myself from the work environment' was significant in balancing work and study commitments and completing this course."

As Employee Services Officer at Mackay Regional Council' Liticha is responsible for supporting and administering training and development programs' providing support in the induction and onboarding of new employees' supporting the recruitment process' managing Human Resource Records and providing other administrative support.

CQUni Deputy Vice-Chancellor VET Operations Peter Heilbuth congratulated Liticha on her achievement.

"CQUni is very pleased for Liticha. The win demonstrates the quality of our vocational education and training'" he said.

Two other CQUni-trained students were also nominated. Jack Mitchell in the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year and Latitia Briggs in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category.