Gladstone students set for success beyond the classroom walls

Gladstone students set for success beyond the classroom walls

What does $3.4m of Government funding achieve for Gladstone students? World-class education facilities, including simulated learning experiences, that’s what!

The newly opened initiative leading student education, The Trade Skills Centre Gladstone, is a cluster school program supporting Gladstone State High, Tannum Sands State High, Toolooa State High, Mt Larcom State and Miriam Vale State School. The centre supports students in years 10, 11 and 12 studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate.

With services jobs set to boom in the next 10 years, the skills that are offered to students need to evolve with the market. That’s where the Trade Skills Centre comes in, offering four unique certificate courses to better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.

Courses offered by the Trade Skills Centre

• Certificate II Electrotechnology
• Certificate II in Logistics
• Certificate I in Logistics
• Cert I in Transport and Logistics.

So what do these courses offer that others don’t? Firstly, they include on-the-job learning as well as simulated learning experiences – a great improvement on what is currently available. For example, the Electrotechnology program will cover competencies for work entry in any discipline that regards the merging of electricity and technology – the boom industries of the future. Students will learn skills in a wide range of areas, including audio/video and data, security, wireless and cabled communication systems, electronic aspects of medical equipment and sustainable/renewable energies.

How about those students enrolled in logistics? Their training will involve learning operations support within the Transport and Logistics Industry, including a range of routines and procedures, and taking responsibility for the quality of work outcomes. Most excitingly, students will also have the privilege to experience what it would be like to drive a truck using the truck simulator. This cutting edge technology will expose students to a wide variety of road, weather and traffic conditions, all within the safety of a simulator.

Learning quality skills that the job market craves, with world-class facilities such as an immersive simulator experience – these are the opportunities that Gladstone students deserve, and it sure does beat old pen and paper.