Employment, Training & Industrial Relations, Tom Barton 31/05/05
Queenslanders To Shine At Training Awards
One hundred and five students and 75 businesses from all over Queensland have been selected from hundreds of impressive nominees to be named finalists in the six regional finals of the Queensland Training Awards.
Employment, Training and Industrial Relations Minister Tom Barton said the outstanding quality of the 770 nominations received for this year awards illustrated the depth of talent across the state in the area of vocational education and training.
Mr Barton said the government was focussed on using training to address skills shortages and skills development in the state's key industries and businesses and individuals alike had taken up the challenge to be better trained.
"Queenslanders are clearly committed to training and as a result the whole state will see the benefits of this commitment in the future, through enhanced personal development, increased employment opportunities and the boosting of local and state economies.
"It is important that these individuals and organisations are appropriately recognised for the enormous contributions they are making to their communities-the Queensland Training Awards are an excellent way to do this", he said.
The Queensland Training Awards - with nine categories - are the state's highest accolade for training excellence and reward apprentices, trainees, vocational students, employers, schools, training providers and others dedicated to training.
This year's regional finals will be held in Brisbane, Broadbeach, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville and Yeppoon throughout the months of June and July.
Regional finalists will be recognised for their training achievements across the state through six regional final gala presentation dinners.
The regional finals will take place as follows:
Gold Coast Regional Final
Friday 10th June, 2005
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
South-West Queensland Regional Final
Friday 10th June, 2005
The Empire Theatre
Brisbane Regional Final
Thursday 16th June, 2005
The Legends Room, the Gabba Cricket Grounds
North Queensland Regional Final
Friday 17th June, 2005
Southbank Hotel and Convention Centre
Wide Bay Sunshine Coast Regional Final
Saturday 18th June, 2005
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Central Queensland Regional Final
Saturday 9th July, 2005
Rydges Capricorn Resort
Regional winners will be short listed for the state final on September 8, with state winners eligible to compete at the Australian Training Awards in Perth in November.
The Queensland Training Awards are in their 44th year in 2005 and are proudly presented by the Department of Employment and Training.
For further information on any of the regional finals, contact the state office on 1800 660 207.
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