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Gladstone region high schoolers get a head start with CQUni’s VET in Schools training

Gladstone region high schoolers get a head start with CQUni’s VET in Schools training

Published:14 November 2017

(Top): The latest group of Biloela high school students enrolled in the Certificate II in Elctrotechnology Vet in Schools (VETiS) program at CQUni's Biolela Study Centre (Middle): VETiS students at Gladstone City campus who graduated from their Certificate II Engineering Pathways. (Bottom): Biloela State High school who have successfully completed VETiS courses in Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure & Certificate II in Electrotechnology.

CQUniversity is ramping up its delivery of VET in Schools (VETiS) training in the Gladstone region, with the first group of high schoolers recently completing a pair of Certificate II level courses in Biloela and the Harbour City.

CQUni VETiS Officer Roza Baker said that some of the Biloela State High Year 11 and 12 students completed their certificate II in Resources & Infrastructure courses a few months ago.

“We are expanding our VETiS footprint in Biloela with a new one day a week Certificate II in Electrotechnology - we already have a full class of 14 students who should complete their studies by mid-2018,” she said.

She said the most recent group of Biloela High students to complete their courses, included Joshua Warmington, who travelled the one-and-a-quarter hour drive from Biloela to the Gladstone City Campus every week for 18 months to complete his Certificate II in Electrotechnology.

The commencement of VETiS training at the Biloela Study Centre has garnered the support of the local community, including the Police Citizen’s Youth Club next door, which gladly opens its doors to the high school kids to unwind between training sessions.

The VETiS program is also well established in Gladstone with a group of students recently completing a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.

One of the 10 graduates Joshua Finlay, has since secured an apprenticeship with Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL).

“There are many different courses you can do at CQUni, but with my passion for engineering, I did the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways. I enjoyed it immensely as I was a part of a workplace environment and always learning new things about engineering, which I then got to put into practice in the workshop,” Joshua said.

“This course certainly helped me in gaining an apprenticeship at BSL, as you are that one step ahead of other applicants because you have a range of knowledge and skills required for the trade.”

The group comprised four Year 11 students and six Year 12 students. Three of the Year 12 graduates, including a young female student, have already received apprenticeships with other local industries in the Gladstone area.

Ms Baker said VETiS programs had also been conducted in the areas of hairdressing, horticulture, business, early childhood studies, automotive, electrical, mechanical and construction in Gladstone this year and it was hoped these would be expanded upon in 2018.

For more information on VETiS visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/tafe-training/vet-in-schools