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CQUni teacher claims CQ VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year at Queensland Training Awards

CQUni teacher claims CQ VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year at Queensland Training Awards

Published:17 July 2017

CQUni Gladstone Construction Teacher Richard Lane was named the CQ Training Awards VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year at a ceremony on 15 July.

It’s taken four years, but CQUniversity Construction Teacher Richard Lane has finally been given the recognition he deserves as the CQ region VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year by the Queensland Training Awards.

Richard received his award at a ceremony in Gladstone on 15 July in which four students were also nominated in various categories.

“I’m really excited about this win – it’s a great milestone and it’s great recognition for the passion I have had for the construction industry for so long,” he said.

“I was nominated four years ago and missed out, but it made me realise that I needed to change my methods of teaching.

“Teaching generally had to change because young people need to be taught differently these days.”

For the past few years, Richard has worked tirelessly to implement a new online training module and on-site delivery methods in the construction industry.

CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth was very excited for Richard’s win.

“Events like these are a timely reminder of the critical importance of vocational education within our region, for industry and for our students. All the finalists exemplified excellent dedication and achievement. It was particularly noticeable how many of the student winners had achieved fulfilling and meaningful employment as a result of their VET studies – with CQUniversity and with other Regional Training Organisations,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“But there can be only one winner, as we know, and how proud the CQUniversity team is of our colleague, Construction Teacher Richard Lane, the Central Queensland Vocational Teacher of the Year.

“This award is a real testament to Richard, and to the quality and value of a CQUniversity trade-based qualification.”

The CQUniversity-trained students who were nominated included former NRG Gladstone Power Station apprentice Dallas Brown, CS Energy employee and Certificate IV in Business Administration student Helene Schmidt, Rockhampton Beauty Therapy student Kylie Medlin and vocational student Hamish Ross.

The Large Employer of the Year, which was sponsored by CQUniversity was awarded to the Mackay Regional Council.

Richard will go on to compete in the State Finals at a gala ceremony in Brisbane on September 1.

For the full list of CQ winners visit