Nominations are now open for the 2018 Queensland Training Awards which recognise the best in vocational education and training (VET), from apprentices and students through to teachers, employers and training organisations.

This is your chance to shine – just like Queensland’s recent national winner Gemma Hartwig, a diesel mechanic from Dalby who took out the 2017 Australian Apprentice of the Year award.

Gemma is a vocal advocate for the value of VET as a valid alternative to university and is encouraging others to consider a VET pathway.

Many people still believe that VET is only for traditional trades like plumbing and carpentry, but training ambassadors like Gemma are looking to dispel those myths, proving that VET qualifications can lead to professional careers with great salaries and outstanding career prospects.

Gemma first nominated for an award in 2014, winning the Queensland School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year.

After completing her apprenticeship, Gemma successfully nominated for and won the 2017 Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year. She had this to say about nominating for the Queensland Training Awards.

“Give it a go – even if you don’t have that Nominate nowmuch confidence in yourself; the Queensland Training Awards gives you that confidence”.

With 14 award categories, the Queensland Training Awards recognise individuals and organisations that strive for and achieve success, best practise and innovation in VET.

Many of the categories align with the Australian Training Awards, offering finalists and winners opportunities to participate in a range of national and international events, VET forums and programs.

The Queensland Training Awards website provides easy-to-use resources such as checklists, writing tips and examples of successful nominations to assist you in your nomination.

Nominate now – you have put in the effort and worked hard, you’ve gone the extra mile, this is your opportunity to be recognised for your success.

Nominations close Friday 2 March 2018, no extensions will be given.

For more information, visit www.qta.qld.gov.au.