TAFE builds solid futures for tradespeople
Friday, 15 January 2010
The Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE continues to build strong foundations and futures for tradespeople across Queensland after receiving a prestigious Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation - Public Registered Training Organisation of the Year Award.
Hosted by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), the Institute received the accolade at the annual CSQ Training Excellence Awards at a gala dinner in Brisbane on November 27.
The awards ceremony recognised the outstanding achievements of training providers, workers and employers in the building and construction industry.
Institute Director Robyn Dyer said it was an honour to receive the state award on behalf of the Institute.
"TAFE is supported by staff who are dedicated industry professionals, committed to delivering quality vocational education and training to our future tradespeople.
"The success of the FUTURES program is just one example of how the Institute's flexible approach to training has seen young people secure apprenticeships and embark on rewarding trade careers.''
"The FUTURES program provides intensive training for long-term jobseekers and directly addresses skills shortages in construction and engineering trades," Mrs Dyer said.
Mrs Dyer said TAFE is recognised as a leader in vocational education and training, and continues to identify ways to deliver more flexible, relevant training for students and their employers.
"A highly skilled workforce is essential for industry to succeed. Employers are looking at their skills needs for now and into the future," Mrs Dyer said.
CSQ Chief Executive Officer Brett Shimming said the Training Excellence Awards acknowledged training excellence and encouraged the on-going commitment to skills development and employee retention.
"CSQ works with and on behalf of the building and construction industry to maximise training opportunities, illustrate pathways to the industry for career seekers, as well as encourage those already working within the industry to up-skill.
"The awards ceremony is the ideal way to celebrate the industry's achievements," Mr Shimming said.
In 2009 the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE trained 2253 trade apprentices and an additional 64 school-based trade apprentices.
Construction is currently underway for TAFE's new $37million state-of-the-art trade training centre at the Bohle, Townsville.