Trades apprentices can go to uni
MERGING Gladstone's university with TAFE services will benefit many tradies, particularly those that want to study the engineering side of their profession.
Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited chief executive officer Kerry Whitaker said GAGAL actively encouraged those apprentices who had the drive and commitment to undertake part-time university studies while completing their apprenticeship.
Ms Whitaker said the opportunities for university students to experience hands-on trade-based skills would be very beneficial for them and give them a greater understanding of the trades when they graduated with their degrees.
“The same is true of trade-based apprentices who will be able to study engineering degrees part time,” she said.
“A perfect example of what is currently happening is Kayla Rua, who was part of a ground-breaking GAGAL initiative called Girls Electric in 2007 which she completed during the last two years of school.
“The program provided girls in the senior phase of learning an opportunity to gain some pre-vocational experience in the traditionally male-dominated electrical trade.
“On completion she was offered a dual trade apprenticeship in Electrical Instrumentation with Rio Tinto Alcan and is now in her second year.
“She is currently also studying externally for her Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering at CQU.”
Ms Rua said the opportunity to combine both a trade with a degree was fantastic, and she was currently on track to complete her dual trade and degree in 2012.
Ms Whitaker said the merging of CQIT and CQU would certainly make the transition between a trade and a degree smoother.