North Queensland’s best and brightest apprentices will vie for the coveted title of Apprentice of the Year at Tec-NQ’s industry awards gala on 26 March in Townsville.
Tec-NQ Chief Executive Officer Julie Hyde said the highly anticipated Tec-NQ Apprentice of the Year Awards recognised apprentices with an exemplary attitude, commitment and high standard of work.
“An ‘Apprentice of the Year’ will be chosen for each of nine categories and provided scholarships to further their nationally-accredited careers in the construction, electrical, automotive and engineering sectors,” Julie said.
“All of our 27 nominees are passionate about their chosen trades, showing genuine willingness join the workforce and grow their skills, so our judges had their work cut out for them,” she added.
Tec-NQ is a registered training organisation (RTO), independent senior secondary school and accredited boarding school that partners with industry to deliver trade-based career opportunities for North Queensland students.
“We offer something different to a typical training environment, growing the next generation of tradespeople through real-world skills development and offering exceptional support to our vast network of local employers,” Julie said.
“Tickets to the annual gala have sold out, marking a bumper time for Tec-NQ as our enrolments climb and we’re seeing a growing number of local businesses keen to engage our work-ready apprentices.”
The 2021 Tec-NQ Apprentice of the Year categories are:
- Light Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
- Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
- Engineering Fabrication Apprentice of the Year
- Engineering Mechanical Apprentice of the Year
- Engineering Diesel Fitting Apprentice of the Year
- Carpentry Apprentice of the Year
- Plumbing Apprentice of the Year
- Electrical Apprentice of the Year Townsville
- Electrical Apprentice of the Year Mackay
Established in 2009, Tec-NQ provides senior schooling, full-time apprentice training, short courses, pre-employment programs and school-based learning programs to students hailing from Thursday Island to Longreach and all communities in-between.
In 2021 the doors will swing open on a newly built boarding accommodation in Townsville to continue Tec-NQ’s tradition of supporting students from rural and remote communities to further their nationally-accredited trade careers.