Finalists Announced - South East Queensland Training Awards - TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

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Finalists Announced - South East Queensland Training Awards

TWO outstanding students and one teacher will represent TAFE Queensland Gold Coast at the South East regional Queensland Training Awards in July.

Kurt Trask (Apprentice of the Year), Mark Watego (Vocational Student of the Year), and Jo Gaddes (VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year) have been selected as finalists from over 600 nominations across the region.

If selected as regional winners, they will go onto the State titles in September with the chance to represent Queensland in the Australian Training Awards in November.

Mark Watego is excited and appreciates the opportunity to represent TAFE Queensland Gold Coast along with his family who have supported him through this time.

"It's really nice to be recognised for the efforts that you put in and I sincerely thank those who nominated me for these awards," said Mr Watego.

When Jo Gaddes, who has been teaching at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast for nine years, received the call about her nomination she felt overwhelmed and extremely humbled.

"I feel so honoured to receive this nomination amongst the hundreds of talented teachers across the region; this acknowledgement is truly amazing and recognises my passion for training and the job satisfaction I get with my students' success," said Ms Gaddes.

"Becoming a finalist is definitely one of the highlights in my career and will open up so many more opportunities for me."

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd, said she was extremely proud to have all three individuals represent the organisation and the Gold Coast at the regional finals.

"They are a reflection of the high standards set and achieved by all TAFE Queensland Gold Coast staff and students; they should be exceptionally proud of their achievements that led them to this level of recognition," said Ms Dodd.

The Queensland Training Awards are Queensland's highest recognised award in education and are an initiative of the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

They recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations within the vocational education and training sector who strive for excellence, best practice and innovation.

In 2014 a student from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Kieran Chilcott, took out the State's top spot for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

The South East regional Final presentation ceremony will be held on Friday 29 July 2016 at QT Gold Coast.