Central Queensland University will roll out a special higher education program designed for employees and contractors in mining, retail and other sectors affected by thousands of job cuts announced this week in Queensland and the rest of Australia as a result of the global economic crisis.
Under the scheme redundant and retrenched workers will be offered a free assessment of their qualifications and receive careers advice, followed by placement in one of the university’s access programs, and/or immediate enrolment in their choice of one of Central Queensland University’s degree* programs in Term 1 2009.
Workers could enrol part-time or full-time and study by distance education or at campuses in Mackay, Emerald, Bundaberg, Rockhampton or Gladstone.
The scheme is designed to provide displaced workers of any age with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to respond to change and successfully study at university regardless of their educational background. Central Queensland University has said it will personalise a program that is specific to an individual’s skills and knowledge, even providing a free trial undergraduate course and other opportunities for people to earn credits towards a degree.
“CQUniversity is responding to the local impact of a global crisis. Our aim here is to get retrenched workers in Central Queensland re-skilled and prepared for the future,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor Angela Delves. “Even workers who find new employment would be eligible to study part-time and benefit from longer-term career and professional development.”
“We want to ensure that out-of-work Queenslanders benefit from our services and make the most out of any lull they may experience,” Professor Delves added.
Individuals wanting more information are invited to call 13 CQUNI (13 2786).