Students showcase their talent in 2016 Salute to Excellence awards
Finalists in the 2016 Salute to Excellence program took part in the skills testing day at TAFE Queensland Brisbane campus on Friday 27 May, showing off their tourism, hospitality and cooking abilities in front of leading industry judges.
This year QTIC received a significant increase in the number of applications received from secondary school students for the 2016 Salute to Excellence Awards, which recognises and celebrates high achievers training in tourism or hospitality throughout Queensland.
QTIC recognises these awards as an opportunity to profile the tourism and hospitality industry and encourage graduating students into the industry which is currently experiencing buoyant growth and diverse opportunities for school leavers seeking pathways for continued learning.
QTIC was privileged to partner with a number of leading industry judges who helped to assess the capabilities of student finalists as part of the skills test day at TAFE Queensland Brisbane.
Hospitality Category Judges
- Sean Langford – Sales Manager, Kingfisher Bay Resort
- David Rolfe – Food and Beverage Manager, NEXT Hotels
Cookery Category Judges
- Matt Golinski – Celebrity Chef and Gateway School Network (food wine tourism) Chef
- Aanat Abdelhak – Cookery Trainer, Franklyn Scholar
Tourism Category Judges
- Jules McMurtrie – Relationships Manager, Gateway Schools Network (food wine tourism)
- Cheryleigh Lazarus – Trainer, TAFE QLD Brisbane
- Wendy Hall – Managing Director, Response Training and Consulting Specialists Qld
The winners of the 2016 Salute to Excellence will be announced at the Gala Awards ceremony to be held at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane on Friday 22 July.
The annual Salute to Excellence Awards, which has been running for more than 20 years, has been organised by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) since 2006 and provides participants with industry recognition, potential employer contacts, career aspirations and the chance to hear success stories from industry professionals and mentors.
Find out more on the QTIC Salute to Excellence page or contact Workforce Planning Manager Deborah Lewis on (07) 3236 1445 or Deborah.Lewis@qtic.com.au.
Thank you to event partners at TAFE Queensland Brisbane for providing access to their training facilities for QTIC's Salute to Excellence Skills Test Day.