TAFE VISIT: Vocational education minister Luke Hartsuyker (left) and CQUni vice chancellor Scott Bowman inspect a metal fabrication project with apprentice Ryan Young.
TAFE VISIT: Vocational education minister Luke Hartsuyker (left) and CQUni vice chancellor Scott Bowman inspect a metal fabrication project with apprentice Ryan Young. CQ University

Bowman proposes new TAFE at the Gladstone Marina

CQ UNI vice-chancellor Scott Bowman wants a new TAFE at the Gladstone Marina, and yesterday he made that clear on a ministerial visit.

Mr Bowman said the current building was constructed in 1982 and was getting a bit long in the tooth despite being a valuable asset.

Yesterday he toured the centre with federal vocational education minister Luke Hartsuyker and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd who had asked the minister to visit the region.

"There is so much industry here and there are new ways of training apprentices," Mr Bowman said.

"I am keen to combine our facilities with the university engineering courses and have them all at the marina."

Neither Mr Hartsuyker nor Mr O'Dowd would commit to funding the new building but they did stress the need to change courses.

Mr Hartsuyker said new course packages would give apprentices skills employers were after.

"We need (educational) organisations to reflect the needs of industry and training in flexible ways that meet the needs of industry and students," he said.