David Smith, of QAL, is a Vocational Student of the Year finalist at the Queensland Training Awards.
David Smith, of QAL, is a Vocational Student of the Year finalist at the Queensland Training Awards. Chrissy Harris

David finalist at state awards

GLADSTONE employers and employees are among 51 state finalists announced in the Queensland Training Awards.

Boyne Island’s David Smith is a Vocational Student of the Year finalist and Rio Tinto Capability Development is a finalist for Employer of the Year.

Minister for Education and Training Geoff Wilson said the finalists showcased Queensland’s best vocational education and training achievements and had been selected from a field of nearly 600 nominations.

“The calibre of these finalists is a testament to the state’s employers, apprentices, trainees, vocational students and training providers and their drive to innovate and excel,” Mr Wilson said.

David Smith has just completed a Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Frontline Management and works as an electrical instrumentation contract coordinator at QAL.

“This award nomination is a positive for my career and I would like to thank my course coordinator Cheryl Hopkinson and my wife Deidre,” David said.

“It’s an honour to be nominated and I’m more than rapt with the recognition I’ve received.”

The state finals is in Brisbane on September 10.

State winners will then enter the Australian Training Awards to be held in Sydney on November 19.



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