Queensland Alumina Limited were finalists for the Queensland Training Awards for the category Large Employer of the Year in 2017.
Queensland Alumina Limited were finalists for the Queensland Training Awards for the category Large Employer of the Year in 2017. Mike Richards

Nominate now for the Queensland Training Awards

NOMINATIONS for the Queensland Training Awards opened yesterday, January 7.

All eligible South Burnett residents partaking in or providing training are encouraged to nominate for the state-wide event.

The Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman believes it's a great opportunity to support fellow industry high achievers.

"These awards celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of Queensland's top training achievers," she said.

"Through these annual awards we continue to recognise individuals and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training.

"I encourage eligible apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers and trainers, employers, training providers and community-based organisations to take part.

"Recognising both organisational and individual efforts, the awards help broaden career opportunities and promote organisations as an employer or training provider of choice."

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Ms Fentiman believes these awards acknowledge the importance of training.

"Making sure that Queenslanders have the training and skills they need to get a job and build a career is vital to Queensland's growing economy," she said.

"The awards will also give some of Queensland's winners the chance to compete at a national level and be recognised at the Australian Training Awards.

"Next year the awards celebrate 58 years as the state's highest accolade within the training sector."

2012's VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year Award winner Tash Fee believes the achievement has significantly boosted her job prospects.

"Since winning my award, I have been approached to deliver training in Africa, Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and Papua New Guinea in a variety of topics, from mining and construction to fire and emergency response, as well as general corporate training," Ms Fee said.

"I won the Queensland Resource Council Gender Diversity Champion Award in 2013 and have been a finalist in the Australia Day Awards (Citizen of the Year category), Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Awards, Telstra Business Women's Awards, and in 2017 I was the seventh woman to be profiled in the Top 100 Women in Construction Industry."

Because of her successes since, Ms Fee would recommend anyone who is passionate about training to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards.

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