By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.com.au
QUEENSLAND Alumina Limited (QAL) has taken the top skills training award, the Resources and Infrastructure Award, at the Australian Training Awards in Perth.
The annual awards are presented to individuals and businesses for outstanding achievement and best practice in the vocational education and training sector.
While QAL did not take out the top award of Employer of the Year, it was one of the top four finalists.
QAL managing director Johann Van Zyl said making the shortlist was an outstanding achievement for QAL and the Gladstone region. Mr Van Zyl said more than 100 formal training courses were offered last year across the plant.
Human resource manager Keith Greatrix said the company was thrilled with the award and it was a huge honour to take it home.
'This award is a wonderful way to be recognised for all the hard work our company has put into staff training and development,' Mr Greatrix said.
A recent QAL internal analysis identified skills shortages, particularly in electrical, instrumental and coded welders trades.
QAL implemented training courses to increase the amount of inhouse and on-the-job training.
QAL is riding high from earlier success this year when they won both regional and state divisional awards for a large employer.