EQIP Gladstone 2017 Outcomes

EQIP Gladstone 2017 Outcomes

EQIP is proud to support local schools, students and the community in the Gladstone
region with alternative education programs and services. Through collaboration EQIP
creates opportunities for students to develop employability skills, knowledge, and
experience to make informed career choices and support a smoother transition from
education to employment or further study.

In 2017, 223 students from Toolooa, Gladstone, Tannum Sands, and Mount Larcom State
High Schools participated in 1 of 7 programs to complete vocational qualifications and
develop work-ready skills onsite at local business and industry.
NRG Gladstone Power Station, Boyne Smelters Limited, and McCosker Contracting host
specialised school campus learning facilities onsite at industry for students to undertake
authentic workplace learning. In addition, 42 host employers provided students with
structured workplace learning aligned to their vocational studies.
EQIP’s 6 Advisory Committees are made up of 45 members who provide insights into
education and industry trends. These help shape program design and delivery to ensure
students receive relevant skill development aligned to local needs.
110 students participated in the EQIP Career Development Program to learn about
behavioural skills that are important in all jobs and industries, recruitment and selection,
employment conditions, and how to build personal brand.
Of the 2016 graduates, 81% secured an apprenticeship, traineeship, or other employment
in 2017. The 2016 Next Steps data from Education Queensland confirmed that 17% of all
year 12 local state high school (SHS) 2016 graduates participated in an EQIP program. Of
all SHS graduates who secured an apprenticeship 85% came through an EQIP program
and of all graduates who secured a traineeship 47% came through an EQIP program.

EQIP has seen strong participation from all local high schools, host employers and
students with EQIP organising a total of 1,047 work experience placements. Through work
experience, 262 host employers provided 737 year 8-12 (over 14) students an opportunity
to learn about occupations and industry, develop skills and experience, and observe
people at work and the work they do. Overall, the number one vocation was electrical
across various sectors, followed by vocations in manufacturing, health care and social
services, education, hospitality services, automotive, construction, and operations.

Through collaboration and a desire to support the local community we brought together 45
exhibitors from education and training organisations, government and industry bodies and
local industry and business employers. 949 students from all schools explored career and
education pathway opportunities and 98% of survey respondents found that the event
helped them plan for their future career. Event partners included the Gladstone Regional
Council and CQUniversity Gladstone.

EQIP, our sponsors and partners were recognised as the State Winner at the Queensland
Training Awards (QTA) and a top three National Finalist at the Australian Training Awards
for Industry Collaboration. Tamra Costello was recognised as a top three CQ Regional
Finalist for VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year. These awards recognise the unique and
exemplary collaboration between education and industry for authentic workplace learning.
I was pleased to receive the CQ Regional Scholarship to participate in the AICD Company
Directors Course to build skills around governance, financial and risk management.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the EQIP Management Committee,
EQIP Advisory Committees, and Sponsors and Program Partners who have supported the
development of students and programs. It is through our collaboration and a desire to
support student outcomes that we are successful.

Melissa Dennis
EQIP General Manager

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