The red carpet was rolled out to the Vocational Education and Training sector, Queensland’s students and industry on Saturday night for the 57th Queensland Training Awards (QTA).

Outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers, trainers, training providers, employers and community-based organisations were recognised across a range of categories – with TAFE Queensland’s staff, students and industry partners taking home the lions-share of awards.

TAFE Queensland CEO, Ms Mary Campbell, accepted the 2018 Large Training Provider of the Year award on behalf of the organisation for the fourth year in a row.

“Throughout 2018, TAFE Queensland has maintained our commitment to our core purpose – to deliver quality training to change lives," said Ms Campbell.

“It is this commitment that deserves to be recognised to demonstrate the true value of quality vocational education and training to the sector and the Queensland community." 

“TAFE Queensland is immensely proud to receive the 2018 Large Training Provider of the Year award – it is an absolute credit to and reflection of our staff and students.” 

TAFE Queensland’s Leanne Morgan was named the 2018 VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year.

Working in the health care industry since 1984, and with TAFE Queensland since 2003, Ms Morgan has a wealth of knowledge to offer students and is an asset to the organisation.

Toowoomba local Ms Morgan said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I’m so appreciative to receive the 2018 VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year Award," said Ms Morgan.

“Within the educator’s role the sharing of knowledge and skills is important; however the most valuable aspect of teaching would be the observation of the development of the student and the process of personal and professional growth.”

“The health care industry is constantly developing and changing, which is engaging and the associated research that supports this development of best practice is always interesting and challenging at times."

Ms Campbell said that Leanne’s focus on ensuring that students had skills in demand by industry was one of the reasons she had received the award.

“Leanne is an incredible educator, and one of our best. She has an absolute focus on the student experience, and making sure that students learn skills related to an employment outcome."

TAFE Queensland students also featured prominently in the list of state winners:

  • Christopher Knight, a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology student, from Brisbane, employed by Followmont Transport Pty Ltd who took home the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award.
  • Odin Lowsley, Diploma of Graphic Design, from the Gold Coast, who received the Vocational Student of the Year award.

The winners of the 2018 Queensland Training Awards will compete at the peak national awards for vocational education and training, the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November 2018.

TAFE Queensland wishes all state winners good luck for the Australian Training Awards.

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