Door opens for civil construction students

CSQ said it would provide $496,000 in funding for the project, which will draw selected students from 10 regions across Queensland: Beaudesert, Brisbane North, Cairns, Dalby, Gold Coast, Logan, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville. The 112 students have been through a selection process to ensure that all participants are keen to pursue a career in civil construction, CSQ said. Under the agreement, the CCF will deliver the training in six three-day blocks over three terms, with two five-day blocks of structured workplace learning in the school holidays.Students will also be given classroom instruction and training on simulators as part of their education. At the end of the program in October 2009, the students will receive a Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations, the minimum requirement to enter the industry.CSQ says the students will get onsite experience under qualified tradespeople, develop an understanding of the terminology of the civil infrastructure industry and gain experience in working with small plant equipment, among other benefits.The program will be run at no cost to the students.“We are looking forward to working with the Civil Contractors Federation to deliver this program,” CSQ chief executive Rod Camm said. “The civil infrastructure industry offers many great career pathways and we hope this program will open doors to those wanting to start out in the industry.”

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