North’s original training provider leads the way in skilling for the jobs of the future


Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed today’s announcement that will see local training provider Tec-NQ pilot a new $4.6million program designed to help deliver the jobs of the future.

Senator Macdonald said he was delighted to see Tec-NQ, a long established, local company with a proud history of vocational training in the North, selected to pilot Pathways in Technology (P-TECH).

 The pilot, one of 12 nation-wide, will give Tec-NQ, which was originally set up under the Howard Government, the opportunity to collaborate with local businesses to improve employment outcomes and deliver stronger results in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) performance.

 “During my inspection of the Douglas campus with Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham and Herbert MP Ewen Jones earlier today, I was pleased to talk with a number of students from Ingham and the Burdekin and other regional centres outside Townsville who will be participating in the new pilot,” Senator Macdonald said.

 Senator Macdonald said Tec-NQ will partner with a number of regional industry groups including Canegrowers to ensure students are exposed to a range of technical and vocational skills that will support the anticipated jobs boom in STEM-related industries.

 “Pathways in Technology will provide a real opportunity for all those in the North to acquire those fundamental skills and trades in the STEM areas which are predicted to drive the national economy well into the future.”

“By investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring young people are given the very best chance by giving them the skills, knowledge and experience they will need to secure sustainable employment in the future.”

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