Queensland dozen vie for nation’s top training awards

Queensland dozen vie for nation’s top training awards

Twelve Queensland finalists are heading to Sydney to compete for the top awards at the 2018 Australian Training Awards on Thursday.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman congratulated the 12 finalists ahead of the awards night.

“These awards will recognise and celebrate the best in our state in training and come from a diverse pool of Queensland talent,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Finalist for Industry Collaboration Mabel Park SHS is providing world class training for their students in Queensland’s growing health industry at their award-winning Health Hub.

“Their VET pathway healthcare programs are taught from an authentic hospital-style classroom and this program is so successful 14 schools across Logan have students enrolled in VET courses at the Health Hub.

“Visiting the state of the art Health Hub, it was fantastic to meet with students and see first-hand the enthusiasm they had for gaining the skills they need for a bright future in the health industry.

“Agriculture has been a lifelong interest for Lachlan Darr, finalist for the School-based Apprentice of the Year.

“The experience he gained through his traineeship with Oakey Beef Exports has convinced him that he has indeed found his dream job.

“The apprentices, trainees, VET students and teachers, training providers and employers recognised this year represent an array of industries that are vital to the state’s economy,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Their success stories demonstrate how training is building careers for individuals and developing skilled workforces for businesses right across the state.”

Individual finalists include heavy vehicle mechanic and Queensland Apprentice of the Year Christopher Knight, and telecommunications expert and Queensland Trainee of the Year Kathleen Jones.

Organisational finalist for the Small Training Provider of the Year category, the Institute of Culinary Excellence uses two purpose built-training kitchens at Coorparoo and Kelvin Grove to train apprentice and trainee chefs using the best commercial cookery teachers.

The Australian Training Awards showcase the national training system and recognise the individuals, employers and training providers demonstrating excellence in VET.

The Queensland finalists for the 2018 Australian Training Awards are:

  • Australian Apprentice of the Year: Christopher Knight, Aspley (Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology with TAFE Queensland)
  • Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year: Kathleen Jones, Jarvisfield (Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology with Ramsden Telecommunications Training)
  • Vocational Student of the Year: Odin Lowsley, Currumbin (Diploma of Graphic Design with TAFE Queensland)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year: Meagen Beaumont, Kirwan (Certificate III in Health Services Assistance with Connect ‘N’ Grow)
  • Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year: Lachlan Darr, Oakey (Certificate III in Agriculture with Rural Training Australia)
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year: Leanne Morgan, Ravensbourne (with TAFE Queensland)
  • Small Employer of the Year: Spencer Constructions at Brendale, north Brisbane
  • Small Training Provider of the Year: Institute of Culinary Excellence at Coorparoo and Kelvin Grove
  • Industry Collaboration Award: Mabel Park State High School’s Health Hub, Logan area
  • International Training Provider of the Year (Direct entry category): TAFE Queensland
  • Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award (Direct entry category): Affinity Education Group
  • School Pathways to VET (Direct entry category): Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (Caloundra State High School)


For further information on the Queensland Training Awards, visit www.qta.qld.gov.au or call 1800 660 207.

For further information on the Australian Training Awards, visit https://www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au/



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