CQUniversity empowering its industry students
CQUNIVERSITY HAS TEAMED UP WITH QAL TO OFFER $5000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
A NEW CQUniversity scholarship promises to make studying financially easier for Gladstone students keen to get a foot in the door in the region’s industries.
The CQUniCares Queensland Alumina scholarships will support two first-year degree students from the Gladstone region, worth $5000 each.
QAL employees Russell Stewart, Paulo Ferreria and Sarah Iddon, have undertaken CQUni study as part of their employment, and all agree that the training was a good stepping stone on their career journeys.
Russell Stewart, who works as an electrical instrumentation technical officer for QAL was in his second year of an electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship when he decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering with CQUni.
“I started the degree part-time and ramped up to full-time after the first two years. I got a job with QAL as a tradesperson on shift maintenance while continuing the degree,” he said.
“The degree opened up career opportunities for me after becoming a tradesperson and has allowed me to analyse design decisions for better outcomes.”
QAL general manager Mike Dunstan said employing local people was crucial to the sustainability of the Gladstone community.
“Having the ability to study locally through CQUni is critical for our community’s sustainability and future.
“The Queensland Alumina scholarship aims to encourage and assist students to achieve a career in their desired field without the need to travel.”
“We believe assisting students to complete their studies through CQUni Gladstone will benefit the student while increasing the skills set available in the local community.”
Scholarship applicants must be undertaking a degree in applied science, environmental science, business, engineering or information technology to be eligible.
QAL has partnered with CQUni for more than 20 years to deliver scholarships in the region.
To apply by January 12, 2018, visit cqu.edu.au/courses/scholarships/ offerings/queensland-alumina-limited.
SKILLED FUTURE: QAL employees Russell Stewart, Sarah Iddon, Paulo Ferreira and Jason Woods welcome the new scholarship partnership.