For the first time ever it's an all-female lineup for Apprentice of the Year award at the 2019 South East Queensland Training Awards.

TAFE Queensland apprentices Charlie Nightingale, Janelle Kent and Emma Arkinstall will battle it out for the top gong at the awards ceremony held at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on July 5.

Four other TAFE Queensland students are also finalists with Mitchell Stone and Catherine Foster nominated for Vocational Student of the Year, and Kushal Solani and Cameron Hall up for Equity Student of the Year.

The students were selected as finalists from over 600 nominations from various Registered Training organisations (RTOs) across the region.

Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30316) student Janelle Kent said when she found out she was a finalist she was ecstatic and couldn't believe she made it through the interview process.

"I was so nervous in the interview and didn’t expect to make it to the finals, but as soon as I found out I told my employer and then my partner and then my parents," she said.

"I am so thrilled to know that I am up against two other women who are achieving greatness in their careers, they have obviously worked hard and deserve to be acknowledged."

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson, said she was extremely proud to have all seven individuals represent TAFE Queensland at the regional finals.

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

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.

The South East regional Final presentation ceremony will be held on Friday 5 July 2019 at Home of the Arts (HOTA) with the winners going onto the State titles in Brisbane September.

For a complete list of finalists visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) website.   

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