Whether you are the owner of a business that offers apprenticeships in Queensland, or an apprentice currently working in the state, you may be interested to hear nominations are now open for the 2014 Queensland Training Awards.
The awards are the state’s highest recognition of people and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training and apprenticeships.
Nominations can be submitted for those who have completed (or expect to complete) apprenticeships or traineeships in Queensland between July 1 2013 and June 30 2014.
Award opportunities are also available for any small or large businesses and organisations that offer training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in the state.
Individuals categories include the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year, the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year and the Vocational Student of the year.
There are also award categories to recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals in school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students and the Vocational Education and Training teacher or trainee of the year.
Organisations have the opportunity to be awarded Small Employer of the Year, Small Training Provider of the Year or the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award.
The Collaboration Award is presented for outstanding skills development reached through a partnership between an employer or industry body and at least one other organisation.
Judging will be coordinated by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. The judges panel will consist of at least three members sourced from the business, industry and public sectors.
Finalists and winners are selected based on written nominations and phone interviews conducted by the judging panel.
The winners of the Queensland awards will have the chance to compete at the Australian Training Awards (ATA) – the peak vocational education and training sector awards.
This year’s ATA ceremony saw Queensland organisations taking home four top prizes including Small Employer of the Year and Small Training Provider of the Year.
Nominations opened on December 16 and will close on March 21 next year.
The finalists who make the shortlist will be informed in May 2014 before the regional ceremonies take place between July 18 and August 2.
Once the regional winners are announced, the Queensland Training Awards ceremony will be held on September 19 and the Australian Training Awards will follow in Adelaide on November 21.