WorldSkills Australia competitors named as regional finalists for the Queensland Training Awards

Queensland tradies continue to impress as four WorldSkills Australia competitors are named as regional finalists for the 2016 Queensland Training Awards.

Amongst the talented young people up for the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award are 2014 National gold medallist in Automotive Mechanics Kurt Trask and 2016 National competitors Brodie Ellery (Heavy Vehicle Mechanics) and Ryan McLucas (Fitting). 2016 National competitor Sarah Chivers (VETiS Electrotechnology) is hoping to secure the Vocational Student of the Year award.

Now in its 55th year, the 2016 Queensland Training Awards showcase the state’s best in vocational education and training (VET). There are 12 award categories which recognise individuals and organisations for achievements, best practice and innovation in VET. Nominees must first compete at a regional level, and finalists are determined from the pool of nominees to progress onto the state finals. Winners from the state awards will then progress onto the Australian Training Awards on Thursday, 17 November in Darwin where they will compete against other state and territory finalists for national honours.

Kurt, Sarah, Brodie and Ryan will find out who will take home these coveted honours on Friday, 9 September at a gala dinner.

Best of luck to everyone!

Be sure to cheer Sarah, Brodie and Ryan on at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne! Supported by the Victorian Government, the National Competition will be held from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. Tickets are FREE – register here: