Brenda Strong

QAL named as finalist in manufacturing skills awards

GLADSTONE'S Queensland Alumina Limited has been named as a finalist in the 2013 Manufacturing Skills Awards.

Thirty finalists were announced on Thursday. Winners of the 10 categories will be announced at an annual awards night in Brisbane on May 30. 

The competition, now in its fourth year, is run by Manufacturing Skills Queensland, a division of QMI Solutions.

The awards are an opportunity for industry members to nominate individuals, companies and training organisations for their contribution to the Queensland manufacturing industry.

QAL has been nominated for the Large Manufacturing Employer of the Year award.

QMI Solutions CEO David Harrison said developing and recognising the next generation's skills through the 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.