[singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has congratulated two locals who have been nominated as state finalists in the 49th Queensland Training Awards.

Mr Pitt said the Queensland Training Awards showcased the state’s best vocational education and training achievements.

“I congratulate Michelle Rollason on her nomination for the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award and Barbara Peeters who has been nominated for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award,” Mr Pitt said.

“Both nominees are teacher’s aides at White Rock State School and have now completed a Certificate IV in Education Support. “I want to congratulate the finalists for their outstanding achievements so far.”

“Ms Rollason has said the training has given her confidence, skills and the ability to network effectively.”

“Ms Peeters said the training has improved her communication skills and has been useful both in the school environment and in her capacity as a volunteer worker with several community organisations.”

Mr Pitt said the finalists showcased Queensland’s best vocational education and training achievements and had been selected from a field of nearly 600 nominations.

“Their efforts towards skills development bring rewards for their careers and businesses, and foster innovation within their industries,” he said.

“Queenslanders have more opportunities than ever to access world-class training and the State Government is determined to hone a training system tailored to industry and workforce needs.”

The 51 finalists from seven regional areas across Queensland will progress to the state finals in Brisbane on 10 September 2010.

They will vie for titles as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student of the Year, Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year, Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year, School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Employer of the Year and Small Employer of the Year.

Awards will also be presented to organisations for Small Training Provider of the Year, Large Training Provider of the Year, Skilling for the Future and the Premier’s Innovation in Skilling Award.

State winners will then enter the Australian Training Awards held in Sydney on 19 November 2010.

The Queensland Training Awards are run by the Department of Education and Training. For more information, visit www.qta.qld.gov.au

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