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Construction starts on new CQUni Trades Training Facility in Gladstone

Published:14 March 2019

Professor Owen Nevin and Federal MP for Flynn Ken O'Dowd bring local media crews up to date on the construction.

Construction on CQUniversity’s new Trades Training Centre at the Gladstone Marina Campus has commenced, with completion set for the end of 2019.

The $12.5 million Trades Training Facility is the centrepiece of a wider redevelopment of the CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus and, once completed, will accommodate the delivery of vocational trades training in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said the new facility would teach skills not normally catered for on most university campuses.

“By providing a range of facilities including four workshops, teaching rooms and a hair and beauty facility featuring a salon, students will be able to get a real feel for the professions they specialise in,” Mr McCormack said.

“Offering these trades at CQUniversity is a great opportunity for young people in the region to develop the skills they need to launch their careers – no matter which industry.”

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Gladstone region, Professor Owen Nevin said that the facility would revolutionise the delivery of education, training and research in the region by allowing CQUniversity to deliver all of its offerings from the one central location. 

“Upon completion, we will relocate our operations at the Derby Street campus to the Marina.

“This will mean that we will deliver all vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the one location.

“This is significant as we will be delivering all levels of vocational and higher education on the one campus and our central location will make our course offerings and facilities more accessible to students, industry and the community.

“This will be a great outcome for the community and Gladstone will be the only region in Queensland where this model of delivery is offered,” said Professor Nevin.

Local Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, who helped secure the funding for the facility, explained that the Centre would benefit communities in Gladstone and surrounding regions.

“This is great news for Gladstone and the surrounding areas who will benefit from this brand new state-of-the-art training centre.

“The new facilities will provide the necessary training for undergraduate and postgraduate students to further their training here in Gladstone without having to move to capital cities.

“It will help the University to deliver courses that are accessible to local students which will then allow these students to furnish local jobs. Keeping local trainees and apprentices in their hometown will enhance a fuller community engagement in Gladstone,” said Mr O’Dowd.

The new Trades Training Facility is being funded by a $10 million Australian Government grant with CQUniversity also investing $2.5 million.