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Apprenticeship and traineeship funding will be of immense benefit to CQ region

Published:12 August 2019

CQUniversity has welcomed a Queensland Government $32 million initiative that will cover the training costs of apprentices and trainees under the age of 21.

The Palaszczuk Government this week in Mackay announced a statewide push to see more apprentices and trainees taken on.

The promise will mean savings of up to $3000 for businesses who currently fund the courses, and free education for young people who score an apprenticeship or traineeship in 139 occupations suffering skills shortages.

The long list of occupations to benefit includes electrical work, plumbing, engineering, health care, hospitality, early childhood education, commercial cookery and hairdressing.

CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth said the funding would provide a significant boost to the Central Queensland region’s young workers and their employers.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships open many doors to employment for many young people in the CQ region and for most, is their first step on a long career.

“With the mining, construction, and service industries looking to bolster their workforces in the coming years, this initiative is a welcome one. Apprenticeships are highly sought after in the CQ region so the funding will be of immense benefit to both the employer and the employee.”

The investment, which will fund courses through TAFE (including CQUni TAFE) and private training providers, is expected to help 60,000 young people into a trade over the next four years.

Premier Palaszczuk said the initiative was an investment in jobs for the future.

Training and Skills Development Minister Shannon Fentiman said the plan targeted critical skills shortages, new skills needed for existing jobs, emerging opportunities around technological advancement and regional and statewide priorities.

"This investment in free apprenticeships will support local businesses to be able to take on more apprentices and trainees," she said.

"We are backing their business to grow."

Fully subsidised courses for Year 12 graduates

Certificate II in Horticulture
Certificate III in Horticulture
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III in Education Support
Certificate III in Community Services
Certificate III in Individual Support
Certificate II in Hospitality
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Certificate III in Hospitality
Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Certificate II in Health Support Services
Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Apprenticeships and traineeships
Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
Certificate III in Carpentry
Certificate III in Plumbing
Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)
Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Certificate III in Cabinet Making
Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Certificate III in Landscape Construction
Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
Certificate III in Hospitality

For more information visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/industry-and-partnerships/apprenticeships-and-traineeships or call 13 27 86