Manufacturers encouraged to nominate outstanding trainees

Entries are now open for Queensland’s 59th annual training awards, and manufacturing employers are encouraged to nominate.

“We want to see the best of our top training achievers recognised at this year’s awards including apprentices, trainees, teachers, employers and training organisations,” said Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman.

The awards are spread across seven regions in Queensland, with 11 awards available. Winners will then progress to a state final in September.

“If you know an inspirational apprentice, trainee, student, employer, teacher or trainer, community initiative or training provider, please nominate them as a way to reward their commitment and encourage them to keep working towards their goals,” said Fentiman.

In 2019, industrial and residential electrical services supplier Astill’s Electrical Services won the Medium Employer of the Year Award at their regional event, before going on to win state and national recognition. According to owners Mick and Amanda Astill, the awards program highlighted the benefits the business gained from training.

“It’s really nice to think about the lives we can change through training, the people who we can support and also for us; how much we’ve benefitted from training,” said Mick Astill.

Fentiman noted that with demand growing for VET-based knowledge, the awards recognise the value of a trade or technical qualification.

“Vocational education and training (VET) has never been so important as we know that nine out of 10 jobs predicted to grow over the next five years will require a VET qualification,” she said.

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