Ten winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Skills Awards have been announced at the annual awards night in Brisbane on 30 May 2013.
The awards event, now in its fourth year, is run by Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ), a division of QMI Solutions. They are an opportunity for industry members to recognise individuals, companies and training organisations for their invaluable contribution to the Queensland manufacturing industry.
David Harrison, QMI Solutions CEO, said that developing and recognising the next generation’s skills through the Manufacturing Skills Awards was key in developing the sector.
“The Manufacturing Skills Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the dedication of individuals, employers, schools and students to improving industry standards and moving Queensland manufacturing forward,” Mr Harrison said.
“The manufacturing industry needs young talent rising through its ranks to replace the baby boomers who are retiring at ever-increasing numbers, with their skills and knowledge departing the industry.
“The industry needs this new talent to be nurtured and these awards are a way of encouraging young people to develop their careers in an exciting and innovative industry,” he said.
On top of the 10 awards categories, an honorary award was given out on the night to Norm Johnson from Nordon Cylinders for the Manufacturing Industry Champion 2013, to acknowledge and reward his outstanding contribution to the Queensland manufacturing industry.