Red Rooster trainees Josh and Melissa Bray with franchisee Karen Canniffe.
Red Rooster trainees Josh and Melissa Bray with franchisee Karen Canniffe. Tanya Easterby

Red Rooster finalist in Queensland training awards

GYMPIE'S Red Rooster outlet has been named one of three finalists in the Queensland Training Awards North Coast Regional Small Employer of the Year awards.

The awards, to be decided next month, are in their 52nd year this year and are the state's highest recognition for training.

They recognise people and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training.

Delighted Gympie co-owner Karen Canniffe this week said the business had been heavily involved with school-based traineeships, work experience and working with special needs students since she and her partner took it over six years ago.

Red Rooster Gympie employs about 30 people - their four supervisors and one manager are all over 20, but everybody else is aged between 14 and 18.

It's the satisfaction of seeing those young people learn and thrive that motivates Karen to take on so many trainees.

"Sometimes we find that the kids we think are not going to have a hope end up being the best we have," she said.

Red Rooster was nominated for the awards by James Nash State High School traineeship co-ordinator Tracey Oostenbrik. They are up against Summer Jade Hair Salon in Pialba and Bay Fusion Food Design.

AWARDS

Award categories recognise outstanding achievement by:

  • completing apprentices and trainees;
  • school-based apprentices and trainees;
  • graduates of certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses;
  • small, medium and large employers who use training in their workplace;
  • training organisations, teachers and trainers.
Gympie Times


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