TAFE Queensland Gold Coast mechanic Peter Newbold and cabinet maker Jeffery King have been crowned the region’s best at the Queensland Training Awards South East final held on Friday night.
From over 600 nominations, Peter Newbold was named the regions Apprentice of the Year and Jeffery King took out the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student of the year.
Both students will go onto the State titles in September and also have a chance to be considered for the Australian Training Awards held in Adelaide in November.
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Mr Newbold has completed a Certificate III in Automotive Light Vehicles and is employed by Bruce Lynton BMW where he manages the team in the weekly operations of the workshop and deals with manufacturers and parts suppliers from around the world.
“I am proud of the communication, team and leadership skills I have developed while completing my apprenticeship at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast and working at Bruce Lynton BMW,” he said.
Mr King works at DIY Kitchen Shop while completing his Certificate III Cabinet Making through TAFE Queensland Gold Coast where he now mentors new apprentices and work experience students.
“Undertaking woodwork at school helped me decide to pursue a career in cabinet making; my long-term gold is to hopefully run my own business,” he said.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd said the organisation was extremely proud to be the training provider for such outstanding students.
“Peter and Jeffery have demonstrated excellence in their industry areas and we congratulate them on their awards,” Ms Dodd said.
“They are a reflection of the high standards set and achieved by all Gold Coast staff.”
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek acknowledged the training achievements of the best and brightest individuals and employers from Logan, the Redlands, Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding young people, trainers and employers who are contributing to Queensland’s economy and helping to build stronger regional communities,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The judging panel was impressed with the high calibre of entries received and I congratulate all the nominees for their commitment to training.”
In 2013 TAFE Queensland Gold Coast teacher, Annette Winch took out the regional top spot for the Trainer of the Year and the organisation was a State finalist for the large training provider of the year.
The 2014 State final presentation ceremony will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 19 September.
Main picture courtesy of myopenday.com.au.