University supports retrenched miners

Central Queensland University has rolled out a special higher education program for employees and contractors in mining who have been affected by the thousands of job cuts.

Central Queensland University has rolled out a special higher education program for employees and contractors in mining who have been affected by the thousands of job cuts at the hands of the global financial crisis.

The University’s deputy vice chancellor Angela Delves said the university was 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,” she said.

“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.”

Under the scheme redundant and retrenched workers are 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 CQUniversity’s degree programs in Term 1 2009.

The University’s program complements the state’s $25million strategy to protect jobs and boost opportunities in regional areas affected by the mining downturn.

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