Rural training nominations open

QUEENSLAND'S top rural training talent will have the opportunity to showcase their individual achievements with nominations opening today for the Queensland Rural Training Awards.

An initiative of the Queensland Rural Industry Training Council (QRITC), the second annual awards aim to promote rural skills training and further education across the state.

QRITC CEO Barbara Bishop said the success of last year's event was a strong tick for education and training for rural and remote Queensland attracting finalists, training providers and employers from as far away as Weipa and Coen in Cape York.

"Continuing to develop the regional and rural workforce plays a major role in keeping regional community infrastructure alive," she said.

"Managing workforce skills development needs to be nurtured and encouraged."

Ms Bishop said it was important to support the future of Queensland's agricultural industry by recognising high achieving performers.

"This year's event promises to be even bigger with a new Indigenous Achievement Award category to capture some of the remarkable training and employment outcomes being achieved in indigenous communities," she said.

Finalists will be announced at a special awards dinner in Brisbane on Thursday, November 15.

Nominations for the Queensland Rural Training Awards close on Friday 5 October. For entry details and a full list of categories, visit www.qritc.org.au.



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