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QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards

QTIC proudly hosted the annual Salute to Excellence Awards at the Mercure Brisbane on Friday 22 July, 2016.  Twenty-eight year 11 and 12 students studying tourism and hospitality programs across Queensland’s state, independent and catholic secondary schools gathered with family, friends, school representatives and tourism and hospitality industry leaders to celebrate their achievements at a glittering gala dinner.

Each year, students participating in stand-alone vocational education and training or school-based traineeships in Queensland are judged by a panel of industry leaders representing Queensland’s tourism and hospitality sectors.  Shortlisted finalists attend a Skills Test Day where they demonstrate their skills in an industry-style interview, theory test and practical evaluation.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the Awards program highlights the importance of vocational education and training among secondary schools across Queensland.

“The Salute to Excellence program encourages these graduating students into forging a rewarding and successful career in their chosen industry,” Mr Gschwind said.

“The program demonstrated the industry’s commitment to its workforce and aspiring future leaders.

“The high calibre judges of the Salute to Excellence program gladly share their knowledge with participants.

“This is a highly valuable and critical element of the program where judges provide constructive feedback, encouragement and insight into how students can best shape a career in tourism or hospitality.”

QTIC was overwhelmed by the level of support shown to the students by our industry partners through their generous donation of time and prizes that far exceeded those of previous years.

The 2016 prize recipients are:


1st Prizes (Category Winner)

Food & Beverage Category: Alexandra Rayner, St Monica’s College

Prizes:

  • Diploma of Hospitality from TAFE Queensland

  • 2 night Operational mentor experience at NEXT Hotel Brisbane

  • Coffee tour, course and gift hamper from Di Bella Coffee

  • ‘Daydream Extreme’ Jet Ski experience from Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours


Cookery Category: Mia McLeish, Kirwan State High School

Prizes:

  • A ‘Day with Matt Golinski’ cookery experience

  • Chef Uniform and Set of Knives and signed Cookbook from the Institute of Culinary Excellence

  • One week work experience at Mercure Townsville

  • 'Daydream Extreme’ Jet Ski experience from Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours


Tourism Category: Caitlin Davis, Albany Creek State High School

Prizes:

  • Diploma of Travel and Tourism from TAFE Queensland

  • “A Day in the Life” work shadowing experience at Australia Zoo

  • 1 week work experience at Riverlife

  • An Ocean Safari adventure to Mackay Reef, Cape Tribulation by Ocean Rafting Reef Experience


Runner Up Awards

Food & Beverage Category: Cheyne Millington, Kirwan State High School

Prizes:

  • 1 night Operational mentor experience at Pullman Cairns International

  • “A Day in the Life” work shadowing experience at the Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


Cookery Category: Kiarra Turner, Emmaus College

Prizes:

  • 1 day Allison Taafe Cooking School program and signed cookbook from the Institute of Culinary Excellence

  • $150.00 Noosa Boathouse dining voucher

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


Tourism Category: Emma O’Donnell, Albany Creek State High School

Prizes:

  • “A Day in the Life” work shadowing experience with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

  • $180.00 Riverlife Voucher

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


Encouragement Awards

Food & Beverage Category: Caitlin Grigg, Helensvale State High School

Prizes:

  • 2 night Operational mentor experience at Kingfisher Bay Resort

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


Cookery Category: Genevieve Chamberlin, Genesis Christian College

Prizes:

  • Signed Cookbook from the Institute of Culinary Excellence

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


Tourism Category: Hannah Jansen, Nambour State High School

Prizes:

  • Family Pass to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Family VIP ticket to Queensland Museum’s Dinosaur Exhibition


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QTIC would like to thank and acknowledge the following program partners and supporters for 2016:

TAFE Queensland and TAFE Queensland Brisbane, ACCOR Hotels, HOSTPLUS, Tourism and Events Queensland, Charlton Brown, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), BUSY at Work, Kingfisher Bay Resort, NEXT Hotel Brisbane, Mercure Townsville, Pullman Cairns International, Franklyn Scholar, Institute of Culinary Excellence, Australia Zoo, Emporium Hotels, Star Entertainment, Riverlife, Noosa Boathouse, Di Bella Coffee and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

2016 Judges:

Food and Beverage Judges

  • David Rolfe, Food & Beverage Manager, NEXT Hotel, Brisbane

  • Sean Langford, Sales Executive from Kingfisher Bay Resort


Cookery Judges

  • Matt Golinski, Celebrity Chef and Gateway Schools Chef

  • Aanat Abdelhak, Cookery Teacher from Franklyn Scholar


Tourism Judges

  • Jules McMurtrie, Relationship Manager at Gateway Schools to Food, Wine and Tourism Industry

  • Penny Curnow Response Learning North Queensland, and Wendy Hall, Response Learning, Brisbane

  • Cheryleigh Lazarus, Tourism Teacher, TAFE Queensland Brisbane


In addition to these prizes, all student finalists were offered a work experience opportunity at Star Entertainment within their chosen category.

For more information on the Salute to Excellence Awards, please contact the QTIC Industry Development team on industrydevelopment@qtic.com.au or call (07) 3236 1445.

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