Hamilton Island wins training gong

HAMILTON Island has won the Minister's award for excellence for employers of Australian apprentices and trainees.

The awards were announced in Canberra last week by minister for Tertiary Education, Skills Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans.

The Minister's awards for excellence recognise and reward organisations and individuals who make an outstanding contribution towards the training of Australian apprentices and trainees.

Hamilton Island is one of the largest employers in the Whitsunday region.

Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke said: “We are fully committed to the development and growth of all staff members.

“Our very successful Hi Futures program provides apprentices and trainees with essential skills.

“We offer apprentices and trainees a broad spectrum of opportunities on the island with 16 qualifications on offer.”

Mr Bourke said all of the training was conducted on the island during paid work time.

“We are delighted with the results of the program and hope that it further encourages staff of all ages to consider the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship,” he said.

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