Phoebe Younger – 2011 Award Winner

21 years | Vocation: Fashion Design

Phoebe completed her secondary education at Saint Ursula’s College at Toowoomba before commencing her studies at Queensland University of Technology. Last year Phoebe completed her double degree in Business (majoring in marketing) and Fine Arts in Fashion Design. She was included on the Dean’s Honour List (Business) 2010-2011, Honours List (Creative Design), Student Ambassador for the QUT Open Day and is a member of the Golden Keys Honours Society.

During her studies Phoebe gained a six months exchange study tour to Politecnico di Milamo in Milan, Italy to study fashion design. She can now speak conversational Italian which will be an asset while in Europe. Phoebe gained part time work experience during her studies as a retail assistant and more recently at City Beach Head Office where she worked as a Production Assistant.

Phoebe left Australia on the 11th January and is currently in London where she has gained an internship with Antipodium and will be assisting that Label at the forthcoming London Fashion Week.

Phoebe’s ambition is to start her career as a Fashion Buyer for a large fashion company and to ultimately start her own label or own her own store stocking Australian Designer Labels. Part time interests include playing the clarinet, drawing illustrations, painting and was a member of the Brisbane City Church at Bowen Hills where she worked in the creative department organised church events.

Ashley Neumann – 2011 Award Winner

24 years | Jewellery Manufacture

Ashley completed his secondary education Year 12 Certificate at the Nambour Christian College at Woomby including Certificate II in Business (as part of a school based traineeship).

He studied Retail Operations as part of the traineeship with Sunstate Retail Training where he gained Certificate III in Retail Operations.

He commenced his Apprenticeship in 2007 through Southbank Institute of Technology and achieved Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture. During 2010, Ashley achieved the following distinctions through the South Bank Institute of Technology Jewellery Apprentice Awards:

  • Winner of the Best Overall Design
  • Winner of the People’s Choice Award
  • Runner up – Apprentice of the Year
  • Runner up Best Design Folio

He also competed in the National Worldskills Competition that year and won a silver medal. Â In 2011, he was invited to exhibit his jewellery pieces at the Australian Jewellery Fair in Brisbane. Ashley is currently employed at the Maleny Showcase Jewellers in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where he is held in high regard. Ashley and his wife Annie initially plan to spend time in Florence in Italy, where he will study gold sculpture and engraving techniques prior to them travelling on to the United Kingdom.

Caitlyn Paustian – 2011 Award Winner

23 years | Fashion Design

Caitlyn completed her secondary education at Clairvaux Mackillop College at Upper Mount Gravatt before embarking for a twelve months period working as an Au Pair for a family in Germany.

On her return to Australia, Caitlyn commenced her studies at Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE where she gained her Advanced Diploma of Applied Design and Technology in July 2011.

During her studies Caitlyn gained part time work as a Sales Assistant at Anthony’s Fine Jewellery at Carindale and at Advanced Martial Arts, Coorparoo as an administration assistant and receptionist.

Currently, Caitlyn is employed at Bright Bots (a children’s wear label) as a Production and Quality Control Assistant. Responsibilities include co-ordination of range development, procurement of production and correspondence with international suppliers.

Recently, Caitlyn and a 25 year old female colleague, were sent to China for two weeks on an inspection tour of current and potential manufacturing suppliers.

Part time interests include travel, music, team sports such as netball, touch football, soccer and hockey. Caitlyn is currently learning French with an ambition to obtain employment in the Paris fashion industry.
Caitlyn is currently studying Sustainable Work Practices which she ultimately hopes to apply to her own business on her return to Australia.

Sheridan Vigers – 2011 Award Winner

21 years | Make Up Artist

Sheridan (known as Sheri) completed her secondary education at Kelvin Grove College in 2008 before commencing her studies for her Diploma of Beauty Therapy at the Academy of Make Up.

In January 2010, she commenced work at Girl Fridays in Milton as a Make Up Artist and from there to the Brisbane City Store of Gorgeous Cosmetics where she is currently employed part time.

She also operates as a freelance Make Up Artist and has developed an extensive portfolio covering photo shoots, weddings and film and has had some of her work published in magazines.

During 2011, Sheri competed in several make up competitions, the most recent being placed second in the International Beauty Expo in Sydney.

While overseas, her focus will be in London where she believes there are many more opportunities to focus on the specific areas of photo shoots for magazines, movies and theatre.

She is fortunate that her brother has been based in London for four years as a Graphic Artist for a record and magazine company and she intends to make good use of his industry contacts.

Part time interests include dance classes in hiphop, latin and jazz, and bush walking in national parks. Sheri regularly provides her services to charities holding fashion parades, the most recent for the RSPCG.

Sheri’s ultimate career goal is to be an internationally recognised Make Up Artist professional in the theatre and film industries.

Simon Ryan – 2011 Queensland Overseas Foundation Award Winner

23 years | Electrotechnology Systems Electrician

Simon was raised on a farm and commenced his secondary education at Allora State High School (about half between Warwick and Toowoomba) and completed his secondary school studies at Downlands Sacred Heart College at Toowoomba.

In 2006, Simon commenced his apprenticeship as an Apprentice Systems Electrician with Ergon Energy at Toowoomba and completed his qualification as a Electrotechnology Systems Electrician.

He has since been promoted as a team leader in the construction and maintenance of High Voltage installations. This work involves working in isolated locations for extended periods of time requiring leadership skills and mentoring of apprentices under his control.

Simon intends to study for his Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering to further his career in the electrical industry on his return to Australia.

While overseas, Simon would like to gain additional experience in high voltage technology, possibly in the United Kingdom or Europe.

Part time interests include playing rugby league, coaching younger players and competing in the annual charity run from Peak 2 Peak. When time permits, Simon does renovation work on his recently purchased home at Toowoomba.