Program gets national award
THE team at TAFE Queensland East Coast is celebrating a well-deserved win.
At the Australian Event Awards for 2017, its Diploma of Event Management Program was crowned the national winner in the Best Education and Training Program category.
The win was announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 13, at The Events Centre Caloundra, with the program selected as a standout by a judging panel of independent industry experts ahead of three other national finalists.
TAFE Queensland East Coast’s Diploma of Events Management co-ordinator Karina Hogan credited the course’s immersive, hands-on approach for the win.
“The Sunshine Coast hosted so many world events last year, so getting to be involved and having that experience was unprecedented for our students,” she said.
“They had the opportunity to work with industry professionals on a world stage and experience what it is like working within those professional teams.”
TAFE Queensland’s application was supported by an impressive list of industry insiders who had worked with the program’s students during some of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest and most illustrious events.
From the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games to the Ironman 70.3 Championships, all parties were impressed with the success the student involvement had brought to their event.
“Last year was such a great stepping stone for our students, with this program’s practical hands-on approach,” Ms Hogan said.
“We are so proud to have won this award and we will endeavour to continue providing our students the best opportunities possible through their training.”
Now in its ninth year, the awards are considered the most prestigious of their kind among industry leaders and event organisers from around the nation.
To find out more about TAFE Queensland’s Diploma of Event Management visit tafeeastcoast.edu.au.
❝ Last year was such a great stepping stone for our students, with this program’s practical hands-on approach.
— Karina Hogan
TOP GONG: TAFE Queensland East Coast is celebrating after its Diploma of Event Management was crowned the national winner in the Best Education and Training Program category of the Australian Event Awards for 2017.