David Smith, Vocational Student of the Year, Queensland.
David Smith, Vocational Student of the Year, Queensland. Chrissy Harris

Shock and awe for award winner

DAVID Smith was shocked when his name was read out as the winner of Vocational Student of the Year for Queensland in Brisbane recently.

He said it was a tough competition and felt lucky to get as far as he did.

“It was all pretty shocking actually,” David said. “I am now looking forward to going to Sydney – just very happy.”

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

The level of competition was high and David said that on arrival he didn’t even consider winning, he just took in the atmosphere and had a great time – winning was just a bonus.

Between now and the national titles David said he plans to keep a firm grip on his heavy workload and concentrate on his current diploma.

Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said there were a large number of finalists to choose from.

“The awards are the Bligh government’s most prestigious vocational accolades and the calibre of entries is evidence of the strength of the state’s training system,” Mr Wilson said.

“For Queenslanders, keeping skills current not only enriches personal and professional experiences, but also helps to progress our industries.”

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



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