Skills Training A Success On The North Coast

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Eight winners were honoured in the North Coast regional final of the Queensland Training Awards in Maryborough tonight.

Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the awards, now in their 50th year, recognised the best vocational education and training achievements in seven regions, culminating in a state final on Friday September 2.

"Over 750 entries were received in this year's contest, which shows just how passionate and committed Queenslanders are to skills development," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"A new category was added to this year's awards to recognise those in the vocational education and training field who work tirelessly to broaden students' skills."

Three additional awards will be contested at the state level - Small Training Provider of the Year, Large Training Provider of the Year, and the inaugural Industry Collaboration Award recognising outstanding partnership between organisations or industry bodies.

Mr Hinchliffe said the Queensland Government was committed to shaping a strong training system tailoring training to industry and workforce needs.

Individual winners from the seven regions along with state finalists in the employer, training provider and industry collaboration categories will vie for state awards.

Mr Hinchliffe said winners at the state level could enter the Australian Training Awards on Friday November 25, also in Brisbane.

The North Coast regional award winners are:
Small Employer of the Year    RNR Hairdesigners, Hervey Bay
Employer of the Year    Performax International Pty Ltd, Gympie
School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year    Aaron Cuthbertson-Blay, Buderim
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year    Samantha Holzberger, Caboolture
Vocational Student of the Year    Krischelle Piscopo, Narangba
Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year    Tynnan Byrne, Coes Creek
Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year     Jamie McArthur, Battery Hill
VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year    Elizabeth See, Buddina

The Queensland Training Awards are run by the Department of Education and Training. For further information visit

Employment, Skills and Mining
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Skills Training A Success On The North Coast

Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation :
1300 369 925
Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

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