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A Queenstown awards ceremony for a new distribution qualification is hoped to spark regional recognition for wholesale and trade workers.

Multinational food distributor Bidvest is celebrating the achievements of 11 local workers after they completed the National Certificate in Distribution while on the job.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority-recognised certificate is fairly new and Bidvest’s Queenstown branch was the first to introduce the course as a pilot in the company last year.

Two levels of the course are now being rolled out at other branches nationwide.

Bidvest workers – who help service the resort’s hospitality industry – are being trained on picking and dispatching orders, stock management, loss prevention and receiving inwards goods.

Bidvest Queenstown’s HR boss Caroline Terpstra says many of the workers don’t have any other formal qualification.

Queenstown mayor Clive Geddes presents the awards next Wednesday.

“We’re trying to celebrate this, we really want to recognise it,” Terpstra says.

She hopes the occasion will lead to a Central Otago regional awards ceremony for workers in wholesale, trades, retail and distribution.