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CQUni welcomes $2.17m ALP funding commitment for TAFE equipment and upgrades

Published:15 May 2019

Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Senator Doug Cameron announces that the ALP would fund $2.17 million for CQUni TAFE equipment and upgrades if elected.

CQUniversity Australia has today welcomed an announcement from the ALP that would see $2.17 million committed to fund new TAFE equipment and upgrades for all four CQUniversity TAFE locations.

The announcement was delivered by Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Doug Cameron.

CQUniversity Provost Professor Helen Huntly said the rapid adoption of new technologies across a wide range of industries was driving an evolution in innovation and work practices and this funding would therefore provide the necessary upgrades required for training equipment.

“Training workers for the jobs of tomorrow requires flexible, functional and relevant training infrastructure today,” Prof. Huntly explained.

“CQUniversity is the public TAFE provider of vocational and trades education in central Queensland and this funding commitment will allow the University to respond to the needs of industry with the provision of state-of-the-art teaching and training technologies.”

CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training (VET) - Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth also welcomed the ALPs funding commitment explaining that the funds would be dispersed for new equipment and upgrades across all four CQUni TAFE locations including Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone and Emerald.

“This funding commitment would ensure that CQUniversity TAFE graduates across our footprint are ahead of the pack and have the skills necessary to land jobs in new industries with advanced technologies,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“Just some of the new equipment that will be purchased as a result of this funding include Virtual Reality Welding Machines that will allow the delivery of training to apprentices and VET in Schools (VETiS) students as well as new light automotive industry cars and diagnostic equipment that will ensure our training matches commercial practice in automotive workshops across our region.”