The 2012 Sunshine Coast Business Awards have been held, which celebrated the work of companies throughout the area.
Businesses from a range of sectors, including tourism, were in attendance.
Jann Stuckey, minister for tourism, major events, small business and the Commonwealth Games, explained just how important it is to recognise the hard work of local firms.
She continued: “The awards help ensure our business and tourism industry is continually striving to serve our visitors and the community better.
“Small business underpins Queensland’s four pillar economy, supporting the vital sectors of tourism agriculture, resources and construction.”
Awards were given in a range of categories, including success in particular sectors and specific businesspeople who had make their mark to the provision of apprenticeships in Sunshine Coast.
The Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce received special recognition for its dedication to tourism and small business.
Skills Queensland has issued a document entitled Gateway to Industry Schools Program Annual Report 2011-12 showing how industry sectors are increasing their level of engagement with schools through a variety of methods.
A number of industries are helping teachers with their professional development, while others are providing school-based apprenticeships, the study revealed.