High school trade skills centre to be finished in December

CONSTRUCTION of the long-awaited Gladstone Trade Skills Centre promised by the former federal Labor government is well under way and expected to be finished by mid-December.

The $3.4 million centre at Gladstone State High School will offer four different certificates and is due to be officially open next year.

Students from Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Mt Larcom and Miriam Vale will have the chance to study electro technology, logistics and transport, and possibly telecommunications - although this is still being negotiated.

The courses were chosen based on a survey conducted in 2011 which asked industry groups to outline which skills were in short supply.

A draft strategy concluded although the LNG processing plants would create a short-term skills shortage, future activity in the Fitzroy region resources sector would lead to a long-term shortage if no action was taken.

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group CEO Kurt Heidecker said while that research was undertaken a long time ago, the results were still relevant, particularly in logistics which would always be relevant for Gladstone.

"There is always a shortage of electricians, particularly in electrical instrumentation as we move towards more automated systems," Mr Heidecker said.

"We have recently experienced a lot of shortages in a many areas which would no longer be valid, but not in those areas."



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