Important message: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, QTIC has modified the Salute to Excellence Awards program to allow for nominations and judging to take place completely online. The 'skills test day' for secondary students has been modified to include video submissions demonstrating practical skills, responses to written assessment submitted by PDF into the Judgify system, and face to face interviews with judges conducted through scheduled webinars.

The formal awards dinner will be postponed until early 2021. Finalists will not be kept in suspense until next year, QTIC will be holding an online event to announce the winners on the 27 July 2020.
 
The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   


Salute to Excellence Awards

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards recognise:

  • Pathways and career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality industry for secondary students
  • Innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing tourism and/or hospitality training to secondary students at a secondary school or registered training organisation (RTO),
  • Employers that have achieved excellence in the provision of tourism and hospitality school-based traineeship(s) and/or apprenticeship(s).

2020 Award Categories:

  • Secondary student - Tourism
  • Secondary student - Food and Beverage
  • Secondary student - Cookery
  • Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  
All Category Nominations Open 10 February 2020

Secondary Student Eligibility

  • currently completing Year 11 or 12;
  • studying VET in Tourism, Cookery or Hospitality at school; or
  • enrolled in a school-based trainee or apprentice;

Download Secondary Student Nomination Kit for more details

Teacher/Trainer of the Year Eligibility

  • be a qualified [as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015; teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by an RTO; and
  • have delivered training to secondary students enrolled in VETiS or School Based Traineeship and/or Apprenticeship from 1 January 2019 which will lead to nationally recognised Qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system; and
  • endorsed by your Registered Training Organisation, and provide evidence of qualification*

*must be submitted with the application (Certificate IV Training and Assessment).

Download Teacher/Trainer Nomination Kit for more details

Employer of the Year Eligibility

  • be a tourism business in Queensland;
  • provide School based Traineeship or Apprenticeship employment opportunities to secondary students competing qualifications within the SIT Training Package.
  • be endorsed by a secondary school or registered training provider that they currently provide school-based training opportunities to.

Download Employer Nomination Kit for more details
                                                                                                                                                                            

2020 Key Dates

  • 10 February 2020 Nominations Open
  • 01 June 2020 Nominations Close
  • 19 June 2020 Notification of Judging Outcome
  • 06 July 2020 Online "Skills Test Day" for Secondary Students and webinar interviews with Employer and Trainer/Teacher of the year nominees
  • 27 July 2020 Salute to Excellence Online Awards Announcement Event
  • 2021 - Formal Awards Dinner - To be advised

2020 Judging Panel 

Category Judge Organisation Role
Student - Cookery David Holmes The Star Gold Coast Executive Sous Chef Culinary Department
Student - Cookery Rahul Raj Mercure Brisbane Executive Chef
Student - Tourism Karen Thorburn Gateway to Industry Tourism & Hospitality Expert
Student - Tourism Karen Hellsten Mountain Wine Tours Managing Director
Student - Food and Beverage Adrienne Putelli Hilton Hotel Brisbane Director of Human Resources
Student - Food and Beverage Michelle Christoe NightQuarter and Malt Shovel Taphouse Director

Teacher/Trainer of the Year 

Abbey Blanchfield

Airtrain

Marketing and Sales Manager

Teacher/Trainer of the Year 

 TBC

Employer of the Year 

Helen Shoubridge

Aabon Apartments and Motel

Manager

Employer of the Year 

TBC


QTIC is proud to be driving this initiative and remain committed to raising industry standards through training and education.

QTIC 2020 Salute to Excellence Sponsors

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   

Platinum Sponsors:


Gold Sponsors:

Category Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Prize Sponsors: 

      
Work Experience for finalists:

 

For more information about entering or sponsoring the Salute to Excellence Awards, please contact our Workforce Development team on 07 3236 1445.


 

Contributes to the following SDG:




Use of Photographs and Personal Information

Award entrants, nominees and ticket purchasers are advised that we will collect your personal information for the purpose of communicating with you about the awards and associated events. This information may be kept on file (hard copy and/or electronic) for future reference.  

The Salute to Excellence Skills Test Day and Awards Dinner will be filmed and photographed for publicity and marketing purposes in printed publications and the Internet (websites and social media). If you do not give consent for your voice and/or image to be used in our printed or electronic publications, you must advise photographers in attendance that you do not want your image captured for publicity purposes.

For more information, view our Privacy Policy or request a hard copy by contacting us on 07 3236 1445 or info@qtic.com.au, or write to Queensland Tourism Industry Council, C/- Office Manager, PO Box 13162, George Street QLD 4003.