Minister announces Far North Queensland training leaders
Friday, 15 June 2012
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has today announced the finalists for the 51st annual Queensland Training Awards.
Minister Langbroek said the State Government's top industry awards honoured achievements across a number of industries vital to Queensland's success.
"These awards are about recognising the state's best employers, apprentices, trainees, teachers, trainers and vocational students for the work they do to take Queensland forward," Mr Langbroek said.
"A skilled workforce is essential to Queensland's ongoing prosperity, which is why the Newman Government has committed $86 million over six years to implement the reforms of the Skills and Training Taskforce.
"This is about combatting skills shortages and bolstering apprenticeship numbers in order to maximise employment opportunities for all Queenslanders.
"I am thrilled to be able to acknowledge the people in our vocational education and training sector who are working hard to create a better Queensland for the future."
A total of 23 finalists from the Far North Queensland region were selected from more than 580 entries submitted state wide.
The finalists will vie for top honours at the Far North Queensland final at the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday, 4 August.
Minister Langbroek said Far North Queensland finalists would compete in eight categories including; School based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year, Employer of the Year, and Small Employer of the Year.
"Making it this far is an incredible achievement and I wish the Far North Queensland finalists every success on the night," Mr Langbroek said.
Individual winners from the Far North Queensland region along with state finalists in the employer, t raining provider and industry collaboration categories will vie for state awards to be announced in Brisbane on Friday 14 September.
Winners at the state level progress to the Australian Training Awards held in Melbourne on Friday, 16 November.
For more information on the awards and to see a full list of the regional finalists visit www.qta.qld.gov.au.