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CQUniversity named Large Training Provider of the Year at Queensland Training Awards

Published:16 September 2019

CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Operations and Growth and Provost Tertairy Education Division Professor Helen Huntly accepted the Large Training Provider of the Year award at the State Finals of the Queensland Training Awards in Brisbane on 14 September.

CQUniversity’s status as a leader of vocational education and training (VET) in the region has been recognised at a state level with the University named Large Training Provider of the Year at the 2019 Queensland Training Awards.

CQUni received the accolade before an audience of industry and government leaders during a special gala awards presentation ceremony at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 14 September.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said the award was a significant milestone for CQUniversity’s VET training.

“This award solidifies CQUniversity’s reputation as a leader in the provision of vocational education and training, not just in the Central Queensland region, or even Queensland, but across the nation,” Prof Klomp said.

“It is confirmation that as Queensland’s only dual sector university, CQUniversity is delivering Vocational Education and Training that is high quality and relevant - to communities, employers and industry.

“This is an acknowledgement for all the years of hard work by our staff and it’s a recognition that is well deserved.”

In its award submission, CQUniversity highlighted its achievements as a dual sector university delivering quality VET training, including an 82 per cent completion rate for units of competency in 2018, its consistently high student and employer satisfaction ratings, and the implementation of its VET 10 Point Plan to revitalise vocational education to meet industry and community demand.

The success of specific training projects, including the VET in Schools (VETiS) program, and the business training program with Papua New Guinea, were also highlighted.

Other finalists in the Large Training Provider of the Year category included TAFE Queensland and the Australian Trade Training College Limited.

CQUniversity Provost for the Tertiary Education Division Professor Helen Huntly said the dedication of CQUni TAFE’s leaders and staff was instrumental in its success.

“Our Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth, Peter Heilbuth has been instrumental in the continuous improvement of our VET operations, and without his leadership, experience and endless enthusiasm and resilience we would certainly not be experiencing the positive gains we have made in our vocational operations,” Prof Huntly said. 

“Claude Favero has also taken on the leadership role as Director of the School of Trades with equal enthusiasm and a steely pragmatism and professionalism that will take our trades training into a bright future.

Our Deans and PVCs and their VET Managers and professional and teaching staff, have also embraced fully, our status as a comprehensive university, and are invested fully in ensuring that we have contemporary, engaging and compliant training with a focus on preparing our VET students for the world of work.”

Peter Heilbuth said the award was a fitting recognition of the hard work of CQUniversity staff.

“This award means CQUniversity has been recognised as the best Large Training Provider in Queensland. It is fitting recognition of the ongoing, excellent work of our CQUni TAFE teachers and professional staff who support and prepare our region’s students for a better future through vocational education,” Mr Heilbuth said.

“Vocational education is the bedrock of regional communities, and CQUniversity is exceptionally proud to be Queensland’s only dual sector University, delivering excellent outcomes for Central Queensland region’s students and employers. We will now continue to the national finals where CQUniversity will compete against each State’s best large VET training provider.”

CQUniversity also excelled at the Central Queensland Regional Training Awards with two CQUni-trained apprentices and trainees, Richard O’Brien and Toby Greenbury, winning their respective categories in July.

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