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360 Training one of many highlights at upcoming CQUni TAFE Careers Expos

Published:05 June 2019

The 360 Training software package used in CQUni's Construction courses (bottom image) will be just one of the many training methods people can learn about the upcoming CQUni TAFE Careers Expo on 26 June at the Gladstone Marina and Rockhampton and Mackay City Campuses.

CQUniversity has embraced an innovative new piece of software that allows construction students to do away with textbooks and see how houses are built even before they pick up the tools.

The new 360 Training is still in its infancy at CQUniversity, but construction teacher Trevor Howard said the software has a lot of potential to enhance the way VET qualifications are taught. It’s the first time the vocational education and training (VET) division of CQUni has adopted the software.

“The concept behind 360 Training is to be able to immerse the student into the topic they are studying,” he said.

“In this case it will be to immerse the student in the construction of a house. They can then look at every part of the build and room they are standing in and be able to click on predetermined hot spots to gather information.”

Mr Howard said traditionally, this information has been distributed through text books, power point presentations or through face-to-face learning.

“360 Training lets the student interact with the information and actually see where parts of the build sit and how they come together. This is especially important if the student is new in the industry,” he said.

“Students will be able to actually see on a full 360 degree room how items in a build relate. They will be able to see for instance how a truss should be connected to a ribbon plate without having to visualise in their mind how it should be.

“This particular concept will be rolled out to the carpentry students first, however during the preparation of the material plumbing, electrical, bricklaying and cabinet making students were also considered.”

360 Training will be just one of the many training methods that people interested in a Construction qualification can learn about at the upcoming CQUni TAFE Careers Expo on 26 June.

Attendees will be able to meet with teaching staff and discuss courses, apprenticeship and traineeship training and much more.

Apprenticeship Centres, including ACE and MEGT, GAGAL will also be in attendance at the expos, which will be held at the Gladstone Marina and Rockhampton and Mackay City campuses from 2-5.30pm.

Register your attendance at cqu.edu.au/expo and go into the draw to win an Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker or a Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Wristband (to receive a bonus entry make sure to also complete a Competition Entry Form on the day; terms and conditions apply).