Queensland’s best apprentices, trainees, students, employers and training and community organisations have been recognised at the 58th Queensland Training Awards.

EQIP Gladstone has brought home the prestigious Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award, and CQUniversity’s has also been recognised as a state-level with the University named Large Training Provider of the Year at the 2019 Queensland Training Awards.

EQIP and CQUniversity received the accolades before an audience of industry and government leaders during a special gala awards presentation at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 14 September.

Through collaboration with schools, industry, and the community, EQIP creates opportunities for students to develop valuable employability skills, knowledge, and experience. Operations Manager of EQIP, Nicole Allison said it was wonderful for the group to be recognised for the work it does in the Gladstone Region with a program unique to our region. Ms Allison said that the collaboration between schools and industry that is facilitated by EQIP to achieve such excellent outcomes for its participants is no small feat and it is great to be rewarded for the teams’ hard work.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said CQUniversity’s award was a significant milestone for CQUniversity’s VET training. “It is confirmation that as Queensland’s only dual-sector university, CQUniversity is delivering Vocational Education and Training that is high quality and relevant – to communities, employers, and industry.”

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the prestigious awards celebrate individuals and organisations that strive for and achieve success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training (VET). The Minister presented awards to winners across 14 categories.

“Queensland has some amazing apprentices and trainees, and the government is working to give more young people the opportunity to join their ranks,” Ms Fentiman said. “I congratulate all the winners and nominees from around the state for their hard work and devotion, and for helping to strengthen Queensland’s VET sector.”

Both EQIP and CQUniversity will now participate in the shortlisting process to represent Queensland at a national level at the Australian Training Awards, in November.