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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 5 November 2010

Schools showcase excellence

The 2010 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools state winners were announced in true Hollywood style at last Friday's gala dinner. Congratulations to Alexandra Hills State High School, Dalby State High School, Glenden State School, Goodna Special School, Miles State School, Miles State High School, The Gap State High School, Eagleby Cluster and REACH Arts Strategy Cluster.

More than 650 guests walked the red carpet at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our state schools. For only the second time in Showcase Awards history, a tie in one of the eight categories resulted in nine winning schools and clusters collecting $20,000 each in development grants. The 24 state finalists had already received $6000 each at state and regional levels. Schools will use their development grants to expand on their success and share their award-winning programs with others. My congratulations also to all of the state finalists. I encourage staff to read about the finalist and winning programs on the Showcase website.

Workforce plan for building energy infrastructure

A workforce plan External Link was launched by our industry partner Construction Skills Queensland yesterday, outlining strategies to skill an estimated 9,000 construction workers to build the infrastructure for the coal seam gas and liquefied natural gas industry (CSG-LNG). The plan, developed in conjunction with Energy Skills Queensland and industry stakeholders, identifies job demands and skilling priorities to support the CSG-LNG construction phase, which is due to begin early next year. Some of the strategies include the up-skilling of existing workers, enhancing apprenticeship training, and utilising current initiatives such as the Productivity Places and Pre-Apprenticeship Skilling Pathway programs. Construction Skills Queensland will provide an immediate injection of $5 million to support the implementation of the plan.

Asbestos training for frontline staff

Asbestos training is being rolled-out in our state schools and TAFE institutes for all building managers and nominated officers responsible for facilities containing asbestos. It is also highly recommended that workplace health and safety officers attend this training. The four-hour, face-to-face training session will cover the department's new asbestos management procedures and information about the electronic database that records the condition of asbestos containing material - the Built Environment Materials Information Register (BEMIR). Training officers have been appointed in every TAFE institute and school region to oversee the compulsory training. Further information is available on OnePortal and the Training Employee Portal (DETE employees only), under the DET news section.

Women in Leadership

While careers in the education, training and early childhood sectors continue to be female-dominated, women continue to be under-represented at leadership and management levels. The Women in Leadership Committee is hosting two forums for female staff aged 25-35 to gauge their feedback on how we can strengthen their participation in decision-making roles across the department. It is important to measure the opinions of a broad cross-section of women in this age group, including those working in corporate roles, schools, TAFEs and the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care. Women from metropolitan, regional and rural areas are invited to participate in this discussion. One of the forums will be held in Brisbane in late November and a regional forum will be held via teleconference in early December. Please visit the Education website for further details and to register.

If you have any queries regarding departmental initiatives, please send them to the Inquiries Mailbox.

For more news go to OnePortal or the Training Employee Portal (DETE employees only) under Marketing and Communication, Newsletters.

Regards

Julie Grantham
Director-General

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