Merger caters to needs of CQ tradies and professionals

TRADIES and professionals can nail careers of their choice with the diversity offered by the merger of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche who said unshackling TAFE, in line with the Federal Government giving more autonomy to the university sector, was a potentially powerful advantage for the new Central Queensland institutional alliance.

"The merger is one way to open pathways between trades and degree programs, in both directions," Mr Roche said.

"It may surprise some people to learn that there is a demand to progress from degrees to trades, be they qualifications or skills sets.

"Industry values both, and there is no reason why individuals should be pigeonholed as either professionals or tradies when their aspirations and opportunities may be achieved via both pathways in their working lives. Neither is better than the other.

"They are both essential, not only to our economy in supporting the changing labour market, but also to the future employment and development of the individuals who take part in these programs."

State Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the unified educational resource was a model for the future.

"Students will have greater access to seamless pathways between TAFE and university courses," Mr Langbroek said.

Mr Roche said the onus was on CQUniversity and CQ TAFE to deliver quality and value to students, business and the community, to guarantee sustainability.