17 May, 2021
Federal budget commitment to VET welcomed by CQU
CQUNIVERSITY'S Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp has welcomed the Federal Government’s budget commitment to vocational education and training following a visit from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Central Queensland this weekend.
Professor Klomp explained that continued support for the sector was critical as the national economy and jobs market recover from the pandemic.
“As the only dual sector university in Queensland we understand the importance of VET when it comes to regional development, job creation and educational pathways.
“It is critical that the VET sector is adequately funded and that employers are incentivised to employ trainees and apprentices, so the continued support of the JobTrainer and Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement program is welcomed,” Professor Klomp said.
Professor Klomp also said that while ongoing support for course and training delivery is important, so too is ongoing investment in infrastructure and resources.
“Delivering programs that bolster demand for training is great, but it is also important that providers are supported with funding to invest in new infrastructure and improve existing facilities. Doing so ensures that vocational education and training can be delivered effectively, in facilities that properly prepare apprentices for the realities of the job site.
“The Gladstone Trades Training Centre is a fantastic example of how such funding can help to enhance training delivery and enrich regional communities.
“This facility is a direct result of more than $10 million in funding from the Federal Government and its impact on the community has been immense, as we are better able to support students and industry through the delivery of training in state-of-the-art facilities, with state-of-the-art resources and equipment.
“The development of the Gladstone Trades Training facility also created local construction jobs, as well as additional permanent ongoing roles in training and administration.
“Regional communities, especially those in Central Queensland need this continued investment as they move on from the impacts of COVID-19."