June 12, 2018


The TORGAS 34th Annual Awards night was an opportunity for state-wide trainees and apprentices to shine.  The Awards recognise our younger generation for their excellence and achievements in the workforce.  Hosted by not-for-profit employment specialists TORGAS, the evening celebrated youth from various regions in Queensland including Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Taking place in the beautiful new venue at The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville on Friday 1st June 2018, TORGAS team members, trainees and apprentices threw in their uniforms for a night out to celebrate with their host businesses, friends and family. 

Local Rescue Swag trainee, Jade Herlihy won her nominated category, ‘Regional Most Outstanding Business Trainee of the Year’. She then went on to take out the overall award for ‘TORGAS Trainee of the Year’ competing against state-wide trainees. Paul Bow and David Morrissey proudly presented the award on behalf of Sponsor, Optus.

Jade said “I am so thankful to have been presented TORGAS Trainee of the Year award, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I received as a result of working with such an amazing and supportive team and get to do what I love”.

Jade’s host business, Rescue Swag, operates from Mareeba, Far North Queensland. A locally owned company supplying the ‘World’s First Smart First Aid Kit’, the Rescue Swag team work hard to provide innovative and meaningful safety solutions since inception on series I of Shark Tank Australia.

TORGAS have worked closely with Jade and the Rescue Swag team to reach goals over the past 11 months. Kylie, field officer of TORGAS said, “We are very fortunate to have Jade working with such a supportive Host Business as Rescue Swag. We are incredibly proud of Jade, the work she has done for her Host and her wonderful achievement in receiving this prestigious award.”

From left: Tracey Beikoff, Rescue Swag Host Business;
Jade Herlihy, TORGAS Trainee & Kylie Barnes, TORGAS Field Officer

The Queensland Government funded Back to Work Youth Boost grant provided the perfect opportunity for Rescue Swag to take on a trainee as a new business.

Luella Kay of the Back to Work program said “to have a supportive employer like Tracey Beikoff at Rescue Swag has clearly made such a difference to the start of Jade’s working career.

“The Back to Work – Regional Employment Package initiative is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ regional jobseekers and provide an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

“TAFE Queensland who is a partner in the delivery of the Back to Work program, is so glad to continue to support such amazing efforts to generate employment in local businesses."

It has been a very rewarding partnership for both Jade and Rescue Swag founder, Tracey Beikoff.

Tracey joined Jade as a proud supporter on the night and said “I’m so proud that my amazing trainee has been recognised - Jade is an incredible asset to Rescue Swag, beyond my greatest expectations.”

As a tribute to the success and fantastic work opportunity created between the Youth Boost initiative, TORGAS and Rescue Swag, Jade will go on to work with Rescue Swag carry out their vision and working in an industry that she is passionate about.