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Issue 5 - Autumn 2012

Tropical North Queensland TAFE | 1300 656 959 |


from the director's desk




May I say that I am immensely excited by the challenges that 2012 will bring and confident that Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) will continue to meet the Vocational Education Training needs of the Far North across industry by delivering a range of highly practical programs tailored to helping overcome the emerging skills shortage in our region.

In 2011 we saw some significant investment in infrastructure at TNQT. This included upgrading our Trades Training facility, developing new horticultural facilities, refurbishing our Library and Tropics restaurant and the state-of-the-art Health and Sustainability Precinct. This investment means that in 2012 our region is in a strong position to address the training requirements needed to potentially achieve growth and overturn any economic downturn.

As just one example of our focus of continually improving the training facilities we offer students, please consider what a difference our new 9000 square meter Trade Training Workshop with its cutting edge equipment will make to the training needs of our local apprentices. This space is fully equipped with the latest and best extraction systems, new hydraulic and pneumatic equipment and more than 45 individual welding bays specifically designed for the training environment. We have been very conscious of including the latest safety equipment and establishing procedures that demonstrate best practice in workplace health and safety.

People are responding to the innovative courses we have designed in 2012 to help individuals move into fresh career paths, gain new skills

and qualifications or study for the future. In 2011 we were so pleased to see almost 16,000 students studying at our campuses in more than 300 qualifications across dozens of industry sectors. The year 2012 is destined to be even more eventful.

Inside you'll read how campuses like Tagai TAFE in the Torres Strait have experienced their highest number of enrolments. You'll also get a glimpse of just some of the programs that we offer which result in such rewarding experiences for students. Imagine how thrilled Cynthia Vogler was to receive her Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, or the pride of 4th Year Apprentice Dean Cann when he accepted his Gold Medal in the WorldSkills Australia North Queensland competition.

Being chosen to deliver a range of Sustainability programs to teachers and trainers nationally was quite an achievement, so please take time out to read the details. And if you know a woman who is looking to enter a Trade, our new 'Girls Get Cool' program may be just what she is looking for.

At TNQT we are always seeking ways to strengthen our ties with our closest Northern neighbour Papua New Guinea. Our third intake in the highly successful Technical Vocational Education Trade Skills Scholarship program has seen a record number of PNG students begin a range of studies and is quite inspiring reading.

Enjoy Reading...

Joann Pyne
Institute Director


Hot career prospects for women in TAFE's "Girls get Cool" program


Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) continues to actively encourage women to consider training for a career in traditionally male-dominated trade environments.

With women taking up only 2% of trade apprenticeships, TNQT is always looking at ways to increase this uptake and train women to enter the workforce and assist with easing the skills shortage.

In the past, TNQT has responded to the need for more female


apprentices by offering 'Roller Girls', 'Girls with Spark' and 'Tap Girls' career start programs in the construction, electrical and plumbing industries.

Pre-apprentice programs give participants a kick start to gaining an apprenticeship and are highly regarded by employers seeking apprentices, TNQT Institute Director Joann Pyne said.

'In 2012, TNQT, in partnership with Venture Projects, will be offering the highly innovative, women only, 'Girls get Cool' program,' Ms Pyne said.

Click here to read the full article

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Innisfail Graduates have won Gold at WorldSkills Australia


Congratulations to Innisfail 4th year apprentice, Dean Cann.

He joins fellow workmate, Michael Grimaz, as a recent Certificate IV in Engineering graduate and as a WorldSkills Australia North Queensland Gold Medal winner.

Both Dean and Michael graduated in November, 2011, with a Certificate IV in Engineering.

Dean studied for his Certificate IV in Engineering as a 4th year


apprentice at Innisfail TAFE and Michael qualified for his certificate by upgrading his skills with TAFE's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program.

They are employed by well-known local, Paul Crapella, at Johnstone Agricultural Machinery.

Michael won his WorldSkills Australia North Queensland Regional 'Turning' competition in 2003. Dean won his competition in August this year.

To read the full article on Michael and Dean's achievement, click here.


Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards Winners from TAFE


Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards.

The annual Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards celebrates and supports the rich, vibrant and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous Australian artists.

Works accepted for this year's award included ceramic creations by 18 artists from across Australia: from the Tiwi Islands to the Central Desert region, and from city suburbs to the Torres Strait.


Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) Faculty Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Leanne Bell said she was very proud that both the overall winner of the award and joint second place winner were graduates of TNQT's Indigenous Arts Program.

"After graduating from our Indigenous Arts Program the winner of the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award, Janet Fieldhouse went on to be a teacher in our program," Ms Bell said.

"Joint second place winner, Cynthia Vogler is following a similar career pathway.

"At TNQT, Cynthia teaches part-time in our Indigenous Art Program.

"Cynthia started at TNQT as a student in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts program and has gone on to become a student's support officer.

"It is a truly remarkable achievement by Cynthia who has only been able to study ceramics as a part-time evening student in our Visual Arts program.

"The beautiful works that Cynthia has created have been acclaimed as award winning and testimony to the quality of teaching students receive in Visual Arts and Indigenous Arts at TNQT."


PNG trade scholarship students begin classes in the tropics


More than 210 students from Papua New Guinea have arrived in Cairns and Townsville to study automotive, engineering and construction at TAFE.

The students, who will call the region home for the next six months, are the third cohort to participate in the Technical Vocational Education Trade (TVET) skills scholarship program, which is expected to train more than 2,000 PNG nationals over a five-year period.


The PNG students are spending their first week (Monday Feb 20 - Friday Feb 24) in orientation with international students from all over the world who have also chosen to study in the tropics.

The scholarships are funded by PNG Government and the training is delivered through a unique partnership between Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE (BRIT).

Click here to read the full article.



TNQT & TTNQ in dynamic new partnership


Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) has many innovative plans for 2012.

The first is a partnership with Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) to deliver two courses, the Certificate III in Tourism and Diploma of Tourism, from the Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre on the Cairns Esplanade.


"The innovation is designed to give tourism students studying communication, customer service, tourism sales and destination knowledge, hands-on experience with visitors and tourism operators at the Visitor Information Centre," TNQT Institute Director Jo Pyne said.

"They will have the example of the staff and volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre in customer service and selling local tour products.

"This type of industry based training can potentially give the students a distinct advantage in following their career paths in the tourism industry."

Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO Rob Gaison said the Visitor Information Centre is a great resource for visitors, the local community and the tourism industry.

"Staff and Volunteers operate the Visitor Information Centre seven days a week," Mr Gaison said.

"Extending its role as a training centre for the next generation of tourism professionals is a winning scenario for tourism."

The Certificate III in Tourism course provides students with a broad range of tourism skills, while the Diploma of Tourism qualification equips participants with the necessary managerial skills.

The courses commenced in late January.

Second intake will commence in Semester II, July 2012.


Teaching a greener future at TAFE


More than 70 free study places are available at Tropical North Queensland TAFE this year thanks to the institute's success in winning opportunities to offer education for sustainability training.

TNQT sustainability teacher Angela Lauder said the courses, funded by the Federal Government, were focused on education for sustainability and included a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability or two TAFE competencies in the Sustainable Practice Skills Set.

"Trainers and assessors are now required to embed these skills within their delivery and assessment," Ms Lauder said.


"The Vocational Graduate Certificate is the first to focus on Education for Sustainability where trainers and assessors will explore the complexity and implications of sustainability and develop new ways of seeing, thinking, learning and working towards partnerships and active participation."

"We know that teaching the technical and specific industry knowledge and skills about sustainability work practices does not bring about change in itself.

"The courses encourage new ways of critical thinking, reflection and collaborative skills to educate for a sustainable future."

TNQT Director Joann Pyne said the institute would be working in partnership with the National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Ballarat to offer the programs, worth more than $1 million.

"This is an exciting opportunity for both TNQT and for the trainers and assessors who participate," Ms Pyne said.

"TNQT is proud to be able to offer programs that support and encourage change for sustainability in education and industries."

Almost 50 places are available in the competencies programs, commencing mid year, while 15 people will be selected to study the graduate certificate commencing in late March.

More information and applications for the free courses are available by clicking here.




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