Logan’s Tony Karamatic represented Queensland at the national training awards at the weekend.

He was edged out by interstate rivals, but training minister Di Farmer said that after starting with Albem Construction as a labourer more than 17 years ago, he’d built up his skills and experience.

“Becoming a mature age trainee and completing his Diploma of Project Management to ensure he had the required skill set to manage complex civil construction projects,” Ms Farmer said.

Ms Farmer said finalists had reached the country’s peak awards for vocational education and training (VET) in Adelaide.

“Each finalist has a fantastic story to share about how training in Queensland leads to new opportunities and good jobs,” she said.

“The awards put the spotlight on the exceptional people, projects and organisations developing the skilled workers that Queensland and the nation needs.”

Ms Farmer said the state and national awards continue to highlight the significant role VET plays in workforce development.

“Investment in skills development is as important as ever as industries across the country experience skilled worker shortages,” she said.

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