Student and Teacher Named Regional Winners of Queensland Training Awards
Congratulations on a major achievement in the Queensland Training Awards with teacher Louise Pope named a State Finalist in the VET Teacher in Hospitality/Tourism category and Year 12 Student Axel Dushime named State Finalist in the Equity Student of the Year category.
Axel has completed a Certificate III in Health Support Services through Mater Education, as well as other VET qualifications through his school, St James College. With English as his 5th language, Axel has overcome language barriers and excelled as a visual and practical learner. Axel currently applies his qualification and skills as a carer for his mum. He is motivated to continue studying to become a nurse and pursue a career in healthcare.
Louise is lead teacher for hospitality and tourism at St James College, Brisbane. Over 50 per cent of Louise's students come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, many suffering trauma or gaps in their learning from life before arriving in Australia. Louise's VET strategies ensure all students can access content,
develop skills and capabilities, and graduate with qualifications with genuine pathways to employment. Louise started the 'JCats' (Jimmies Catering) program to mimic real-life catering teams, including 'Head Chef' and the provision of catering for large scale functions and events.
The Queensland Training Awards promote the best and cutting edge of quality vocational education and training and achievement and shine the spotlight on the state’s top training achievers. The apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, trainers, training and community organisations, and employers recognised each year represent a range of industries that are vital to Queensland’s economy.