Applications Open for Ag. College Transition Team

Applications are now open for three positions in the team overseeing the transition of the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC).

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner says the Project Management Office (PMO) would lead the consultation and transition process for QATC students, staff and facilities over the next year.

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The government is advertising for a Director and two liaison officers, with the Director to be based in Longreach and the liaison officers to be based in Longreach and in Emerald.

Applications are now open on the Queensland Government’s Smart Jobs website and close on Friday 18 January 2019.

“I encourage interested people to visit smartjobs.qld.gov.au Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said PMO staff would work with local stakeholders to reinvigorate vocational education, training and skilling in the state’s central west.”

“Throughout this process, every current student will still be able to complete their qualification or studies at QATC, or through a supported transition to another training provider.”’

“Likewise, where possible, QATC staff will be redeployed or supported in finding alternative employment or training.”

Short courses offered by QATC will also continue through 2019 where demand exists.

Mr Furner said $30 million was being invested in this critical modernisation of vocational education, training and skilling in the central west.

He says government has also started discussions with vocational education and training (VET) providers and commercial interests to develop a plan for better use of the QATC’s college facilities in Longreach and Emerald.

“These are valuable assets and they need to be used more effectively.  We want to make sure that they are available to support a range of training, not limited to agricultural.”

“This does not include using the sites as correctional facilities or refugee settlement centres as has been incorrectly reported.”