Business owners, entrepreneurs, and apprentices from across Queensland have been recognised at the 2021 Motor Trades Association of Queensland Industry Awards Gala. Highlighting the achievements of MTA Queensland members and MTA Institute apprentices over the last 12 months, the 2021 industry awards saw a record number of nominations submitted.
Fourth-year light vehicle mechanical apprentice Joshua Frampton from Cricks Maroochydore was crowned MTA Queensland Apprentice of the Year, taking out the coveted award from a credentialed field of finalists. It was a momentous occasion for the 26-year-old, who is completing his apprenticeship with the Cricks Auto Group, where he has already experienced working with numerous makes and models during his short time in the industry. Joshua has set his sights on opening a mechanical and restoration business of his own in the future, a goal he has had since high school.
Fionna Blackburne, owner of Southeast Auto Mechanical in Beenleigh, was named winner of the Women in Industry Award for her commitment to educating women in the community on basic vehicle maintenance skills and principles through the ‘Women on the Move’ program. Fionna’s business took out the Community Award back in 2018 and she has continued to expand education programs in recent times, taking them to local schools and universities, while continuing to be an advocate for the many employment opportunities available to women in the automotive industry.
In the evening’s other award categories, Bill Robertson Toyota in Gladstone was awarded the Community Award for their long-standing support of the Gladstone and Central Queensland communities, while Electric Mobility Solutions Australia took out the Innovation Award.
MTA Queensland would like to thank event supporters Spirit Super, BUSY At Work and Capricorn for support of the event.