Ashley Alldridge has been recognised for his studies.
Ashley Alldridge has been recognised for his studies. Shannon Newley

Trainer proves a top student

WARWICK man Ashley Alldridge may not have thought heading back to study was a big deal at the time but his efforts impressed the judges at the regional section of the Queensland Training Awards.

Mr Alldridge said he was shocked to find out he had made it to the finals and was even more surprised when his name was called out as the Darling Downs south-west winner at the ceremony in Goondiwindi last Friday night.

“I didn’t think I had a hope in hell,” he said.

“I never thought I would get to the finals let alone win the regionals.

“They hauled the three finalists on to the stage and then later announced the winner.”

Put forward by his workmates, the Road Tek work place trainer was nominated in the vocational student of the year field for studying a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to upgrade his qualification.

Mr Alldridge said he would never have had enough faith in himself to nominate for the awards but was glad his colleagues had the confidence to put his name forward.

He said he felt something that put him ahead of the pack was the fact he was one of the only trainers who may have received an award for being a student at the same time.

“I hope it can inspire other people who I am training to go on and do the best they can, whether it is study or in their job,” Mr Alldridge said.

“I have always been a mentor in almost every position I have been in.

“I just like to help out new employees or people who are struggling on the job.”

Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said 57 finalists had been selected from more than 750 entries from across the state for the Queensland Training Awards.

“The Queensland Training Awards, now in their 50th year, recognise our state’s best vocational education and training achievements,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Each year, winners from several regional finals progress to the state finals.”

Mr Alldridge will now head to the state finals in Brisbane in September where, if successful, he may enter the Australian Training Awards held in Brisbane on Friday November 25.



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