Winning the International Education and Training Award at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards capped off a great year for Brisbane-based company Australian Language School (ALS).

And ALS principal Neil Preston says he got much more out of the night than just the winner’s trophy.

‘It was great to talk to other finalists, even those competing in the other categories,’ Mr Preston said.

‘They helped me think in different directions and keep my ideas fresh.

‘That alone was worth its weight in gold.’

Recognised as one of Brisbane’s best language schools, ALS provides English-language intensive courses and vocational education and training courses to overseas students.

Founded in 2007, it uses an innovative approach and advanced technologies while meeting strong regulatory frameworks and accreditation.

And the results speak for themselves.

In the past 10 years it has achieved 4-digit growth, and is expected to achieve double-digit growth each year from here on in.

In 2018–19, it achieved $10.9 million in export sales to education markets such as Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, Brazil and Colombia, with 3,503 new enrolments and 2,662 new students beginning their studies.

Mr Preston has worked as a teacher for more than 15 years, and joined the ALS team in 2008.

‘Now I’m kind of like a piece of furniture around here,’ he said.

ALS was one of 16 winners announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala on 10 October in Brisbane. Along with other category winners, it will now compete in the Australian Export Awards in Canberra on 3 December.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

See the full gallery of photographs from the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala.