Five years to make CQUni Trade Training Centre

THE engineers and trades students currently learning at CQUniversity could be finished their studies by the time the proposed Trades Training Centre is built.

The exterior of the proposed trades training centre.
The exterior of the proposed trades training centre. Ronald Tollasepp

The proposed $16.4 million engineering hub destined for the Gladstone Marina is shovel ready because the university has already built an engineering hub in Mackay.

The Mackay Trade Training Facility took five years to build after it was proposed in August 2009, construction contract awarded in May 2011 and the official opening in May 2014.

ON SHOW: The Mackay Engineering College Trade Training Centre hosts students from five Education Queensland High Schools and is ready to officially open its doors in the coming days. Kate Morrissy/Daily Mercury
ON SHOW: The Mackay Engineering College Trade Training Centre hosts students from five Education Queensland High Schools and is ready to officially open its doors in the coming days. Kate Morrissy/Daily Mercury Kate Morrissy

Currently the Mackay centre has 587 apprentices, 80 school based students and 20 pre-vocational education students.

Gladstone's numbers are slightly lower but the Gladstone City Campus also provides a wider variety of courses, including hair and beauty, hospitality and business.

The university hopes a new centre would increase the current number of 510 apprentices, 65 school based students, 20 pre-vocational students and 40 post trade students.



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