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Students, teachers have the right stuff for trades

THE work of local vocational students and teachers has been recognised at the central Queensland regional final of the Queensland Training Awards on Saturday night.

Among the award recipients, Kayla Rua took out apprentice of the year after completing a certificate three in electrical instrumentation through CQ TAFE and Rio Tinto Alcan.

Completing an associate degree in electrical engineering this year, Ms Rua currently works at the Curtis Island liquefied natural gas site for Bechtel.

Erica Lucas, who completed a certificate three in engineering with Aurizon - where she now works as an apprentice - was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year award.

Tracie Eastaway was awarded vocational education and training teacher of the year for her work as an English teacher and training mentor.

Vocational student of the year was awarded to Toolooa State High School pupil Jacob Jones for undertaking a certificate one in engineering.

CQUniversity deputy vice-chancellor Nik Babovic said it was great to celebrate the achievements of the vocational staff and students only a month after CQ TAFE merged with the university.

"CQUniversity sponsored three categories of the awards and to have three winners in the central Queensland region is a real testament to the great work all our teachers and staff are doing in vocational education and training," he said.

"CQUniversity is looking forward to many more achievements in vocational education, and to growing TAFE offerings to benefit all our communities here in central Queensland."

All winners of the regional awards will head to Brisbane for the state finals on September 19.

THE FINALISTS ARE ...

  • Apprentice of the year: Kayla Rua
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year: Erica Lucas
  • VET teacher of the year: Tracie Eastaway
  • Vocational student of the year: Jacob Jones

Topics:  apprenticeship, cq tafe, curtis island, rio tinto alcan, teaching



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