TAFE doesn't just train you

WIDE Bay Institute of TAFE's (WBIT's) senior training consultant, Janene Rhodes described her passion for creating opportunities and went on to outline the willingness of the institute to develop new training products in response to changing times and to address skill shortage areas.

The institute is actively seeking partnerships from all areas to secure its position as the region's No. 1 vocational training provider and build on its current status as “Queensland's Large Training Provider of the Year”.

“We are committed to meeting the workforce requirements of local business and industry, providing relevant work ready training for our jobseekers and meeting the expectations of our community,” Ms Rhodes said.

“But we do so much more than that; we provide opportunities for people to improve their lives, the lives of their families and thus improve the economy of the region.

“We believe in quality training with a ‘Sense of Urgency', that's one of the reasons we're reaching out to our community, and its businesses and industry at this time to talk about their training needs for the future,” she said.

Ms Rhodes and new TAFE recruit Kate Mudge have been reviewing campus facilities and resources across the Wide Bay to make ready for a suite of new training programs aimed squarely at meeting the needs of the resource industry.

Ms Mudge brings to TAFE a wealth of experience from the mining and energy sector and is the key contact for the institute's new ‘GIQ Coal Mining Induction Program' and a contributor to its new Resource Sector Planning Group.

Ms Rhodes and Ms Mudge were quick to point out that beyond the immediate needs of the resource boom there are many other training needs to be fulfilled.

“We're looking at the big picture and planning for courses in both the immediate and the long term to provide job opportunities through relevant training, especially for our unemployed.

“We're here for the long haul and planning strategically for a big future.”

As part of the TAFE Queensland Regional network, Wide Bay TAFE has been working towards ‘preferred training provider' status for the resource sector.

The Institute is currently evolving many of its existing courses to keep pace with expected developments in the region.

“We're looking at the effects these developments will have across all aspects of our training areas not just the obvious ones like engineering and construction.”

Ms Rhodes said “It's our goal to ensure that all training services are adequately prepared and resourced, from our niche training products right through to critical training areas like sustainability, water management, community services and so many others.

“I believe our region has enormous potential for growth and prosperity, our job right now will be in making sure that all the necessary skills are identified and the relevant training opportunities are made available to the community to take advantage of new developments as they arise”.

Businesses, industry, community groups and individuals are invited to contact Ms Rhodes or Ms Mudge on 4120 2497 to discuss partnerships and future training opportunities for the resource sector.

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