TOP SKILLS: Nyarla Johnson solders her gecko sculpture.
TOP SKILLS: Nyarla Johnson solders her gecko sculpture. Contributed

Students get fresh look at industry during course

A GROUP of Gladstone students can begin job hunting with new skills.

Eight students graduated with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology on Wednesday, after a 10-week intensive course at CQUniversity Gladstone City, with students from Empowering Community Strategy.

Most of the students were indigenous, and all were seeking new opportunities to work in the region's industry.

Eighteen-year-old Nyarla Johnson said she hadn't been sure what she wanted to do when she finished school last year, but the new qualification gave her a fresh perspective on opportunities in trades.

"I really enjoyed it," she said. "You learn so much.

"I feel like I know how industry works now," she said.

For Nyarla's cousin Adriana Johnson, the course was a challenge for a different reason.

A registered nurse who studied at CQUniversity, Adriana has been on maternity leave since the birth of her daughter six months ago, and managed the intensive study with full-time caring.

"It was a juggle, but it was worth it," she said.

"I want to take my nursing career into industry, so this gave me a great perspective."

Another intensive program will be offered in Gladstone in September.

For more options at CQUniversity Gladstone, visit the Gladstone City campus on Derby St today from 2pm to 5pm for the TAFE Drop-In Day where teachers will be on hand to discuss mid-year intake options, as well as career pathways and flexible study.