The EQIP Engineering Skills Centre provides students with the opportunity to develop an interest in engineering trades through an Award winning program that delivers nationally recognised competencies including Certificate I and II in Engineering and Certificate I Automotive.
Located on site at NRG – Gladstone Power Station, the Skills Centre offers a unique industry ‘real work’ environment for Year 11 and 12 students who want to pursue an engineering career while still at school. The well-equipped Skills Centre provides students with the opportunity to gain their trade skills using industrial machinery, in an environment that fosters safe work practices, work ethics and team work. Skills Centre students work towards competencies that save off the job training time in their apprenticeship and gain ‘work ready’ skills that are highly sought after by employers. Working industry hours, students undertake 11⁄2 days at the Skills Centre, 1 day Structured Work Placement and 21⁄2 days at their regular school undertaking academic studies.
The Skills Centre program lays down the foundation for an engineering trade career. Students have the opportunity to try various disciplines including welding, sheet metal work, lathe work and drafting. These experiences provides them with ‘safe practice’ practical skill development and ability to make informed career choices.
Skills gained through the EQIP Engineering Skills Centre are applicable to a wide variety of engineering trades including:
- Automotive Electrician
- Boiler Maker and Welder
- Diesel Mechanic
- Fitter and Turner
- Motor Mechanic
- Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning Mechanic
- Sheet metal worker