Cquniversity Aids Retrenched Workers

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To arrange an interview contact Mike Donahue via 0409 309 782 or


CQUniversity aids retrenched workers

CQUniversity will immediately 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


Under the scheme (which is open now) 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

CQUniversity’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 University’s program complements the state’s $25million strategy to protect jobs and boost

opportunities in regional areas affected by the mining downturn.

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. CQUniversity 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.

CQUniversity is well-placed and structured to assist students with extensive support and flexible

distance education programs. According to the Good Universities Guide “few universities can

say that they interact in a customised way to a student’s requirements. CQUniversity can.”

[* A major long-term study released this month by the Australian Council for Educational

Research (ACER) has shown that a bachelor’s degree leads to higher-status occupations and

increases earnings by about 31 per cent on average.]

Companies and organisations wanting outplacement assistance from CQUniversity

should contact Mike Donahue, Manager, Corporate Communications at 07 4930 9384 or one of

CQUniversity’s Heads of Campus:

Mackay, Trevor Davison, 07 4940 7404

Bundaberg, Philip Clift, 07 4150 7070

Gladstone, Pierre Viljoen, 07 4970 7203

Individuals wanting more information are invited to call 13 CQUNI (13 2786). ENDS

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