Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards  — celebrating everyday Queenslanders who have achieved success, best practice and innovation through vocational education and training.

Celebrating its 56th year, the prestigious awards recognise those involved in training, including apprentices, trainees, community-based organisations and employers. 

The awards recognise the achievements of Queenslanders like Coralie-Pearl Foster (pictured) and Jen’s Garden in conjunction with Abilities Plus, rewarding their passion and dedication to training. 

Coralie-Pearl was a dual 2016 state finalist for the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year awards. Completing a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance at the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Coralie-Pearl strongly believes that education is one of the most powerful tools of success, allowing her to lead by example for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. 

A successful collaboration from Jen’s Garden, in conjunction with Abilities Plus, saw them become a state finalist for the 2016 Small Employer of the Year award. The collaboration delivered certificate I and II courses in horticulture to people with disability and the disadvantaged in the community, increasing their literacy and life skills.

Finalists and winners have been given more opportunities and increased responsibilities since the awards. They have also used their experiences to inspire others to succeed, encouraging them to work hard and achieve their own goals.

There are 14 award categories available in 2017, including the new Equity VET Student of the Year and the Community Training Initiative of the Year.

Don’t miss your chance to be involved in the Queensland Training Awards - nominate here. Nominations close on 31 March 2017.

For more information, visit the Queensland Training Awards.

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