CQUniversity-trained vocational education and training students Jessy Edwards and Madonna Nelson-Bamford will represent the Central Queensland region at the Queensland Training Awards State Final Gala Ceremony on 17 September.
Jessy' who works for Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)' is nominated in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category' while Central Highlands Regional Council employee Madonna is nominated in the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year Award category.
Both won their respective catgeories at the CQ Regional Queensland Training Awards in July and progressed to the State Final.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer congratulated Jessy and Madonna on their achievements.
'Jessy changed her university law studies for an apprenticeship with Queensland Alumina Limited and discovered a passion for all things mechanical'' Minister Farmer said.
'The large Gladstone worksite allowed Jessy to gain a range of skills as she successfully completed her Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade in 2021.'
Minister Farmer said Queensland's high quality VET system not only helps build a skilled workforce it enables people to follow their passions and find their dream jobs.
'The region's Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year' Madonna Nelson-Bamford' joined the Parks and Gardens team at Central Highlands Regional Council in 2018 and began an apprenticeship the next year.
'Having completed her Certificate III in Parks and Gardens through CQ University' Madonna is a proud advocate for training pathways' and in particular' mature-age apprenticeships.'
The Queensland Training Awards will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre' Brisbane at 7pm on 17 September.