CQUni partners with EQIP and NRG on Gladstone engineering training

Published:04 December 2018

CQUni has partnered with EQIP Gladstone and NRG to deliver engineering training.

EQIP and NRG are proud to announce a new partnership with CQUniversity for the Engineering Skills Centre Program, effective from 2019.

The Skills Centre has been running on-site at NRG since 2003, providing authentic workplace learning opportunities to senior high school students across Gladstone.

The two-year program combines theory, practical on-site work and work experience opportunities - accepting 28 new enrolments each year from students entering Year 11 in the region’s State High Schools.

The partnership welcomes CQUni as the training provider for the Skills Centre and in the process sees two of the seven EQIP programs now associated with CQUni.

Education Queensland has kindly donated all assets (approximately $139 000 worth of equipment and machinery plus an automotive workshop) to the university to be used by future students.

The Skills Centre Program has undergone minor changes to ensure it is aligned with the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system in effect from next year.

Applications have now closed for the 2019 intake however there are still a small number of vacancies open for students looking to gain on-the-job skills and qualifications to secure an apprenticeship in this field.

196 students were enrolled across seven programs in 2018, with a 97 per cent completion rate and high number of students already achieving apprenticeship opportunities.

EQIP looks forward to working together with our partners and sponsors throughout 2019 and beyond, creating opportunities for students to develop valuable employability skills, knowledge, and experience.

CQUni Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth said the University was delighted to be entering this training partnership with NRG and EQIP.

“As local industry in and around Gladstone expands, so too does the need for well-qualified, highly motivated young people to take up new training and employment opportunities,” he said.

“The tried and trusted Engineering Skills Centre model, run in conjunction with local industry, local schools and EQIP, is a very successful program that has served the needs of the participants, and local industry, well over the years. We look forward to continuing this success.”