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Tec-NQ

Senior School Program

Tec-NQ’s Trade Education Program is a senior secondary program for Year 11 and 12 students who are pursuing a career in the trades. The program has been designed from the ground up by Tec-NQ to contextualise and integrate trade into every aspect of learning. It is a transitional program designed to transition students from school to work (the pathway from education to employment).

The College offers a range of trade pathways. Students can choose from engineering, construction, electrical, information technology and automotive pathways, each contributing towards the QCE.

Tec-NQ is an approved provider of QSMART program designed by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy and delivers this course through its “Trade Calculations” program.

The Maths Facilitators at Tec-NQ have used the subjects defined by the QSMART program to develop learning experiences specific to each of the trades offered by Tec-NQ. This content has been established in consultation with our qualified trade trainers.

Tec-NQ’s Trade Literacy program is an English Communications course contextualised to the trades. As an example, students generate resumes, conduct research into their trades and give verbal presentations on the tools of the trade.

Students who successfully complete the program will attain their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), Certificate II qualifications in Business, Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, Information Technology.

Students, who graduate from Tec-NQ with a school-based apprenticeship, transition to full time apprenticeships with significant Certificate III progression (Tec-NQ has special approval to teach up to 45% of the trade in the school-based apprenticeship). Students who are not successful in attaining an apprenticeship are issued a Certificate I or II (dependent upon their trade program) which credit transfers to a Certificate III qualification once employed.

Testimonial - Jack McCarthy

Jack McCarthy enrolled into Tec-NQ’s Plumbing program in 2015 and has discovered a new enjoyment for school.
On only his second work placement Jack was snapped up by GNM Group. Jack is absolutely thrilled with the outcome “I came to Tec-NQ because it offered me something I couldn’t get at my school – a trade focused course for Plumbing. It’s really different at Tec-NQ, the staff treat you like an adult in the classroom and out in the workshop and my grades have gone through the roof because I’m being taught things I’m interested in.”
He also wants to dispel some misconceptions that some people have about plumbing, “Friends from my previous school think it’s just toilets and pipes, but there is SO much more to it. There’s civil construction, commercial, gas as well as domestic and water management.
Jack also has some words of advice for those looking to secure an apprenticeship for themselves, “Have a good work ethic and pride in your work.”
Tom Giblett, Site Manager of GNM Group agrees, “Jack shows an enthusiasm for the job and the work that we ask him to do. He is always on time, well presented and has pride in the work that he does. Jack is able to fit in well with the team here at GNM and communicate with our tradesman and his manners ensured he stood out.”
GNM has been a long time supporter of Tec-NQ’s work experience program and recommends it for anyone looking to put on a school-based apprentice, “Tec-NQ’s work experience program lets us try a number of different students on the job for a meaningful amount of time. It lets us find out who fits in best with our business and whether or not they are able to do it on a consistent basis.

Tec-Prep

Tec-Prep is a new program which has been uniquely constructed to give young people the opportunity to "try every trade" in the year preceding Year 11. This program enables students to gain substantial exposure to each of the trades that Tec-NQ offers prior to selecting a dedicated trade pathway for Year 11 and 12.

The program features 7 weeks of trade exposure focusing on a different core trade each week including: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, automotive, engineering fabrication, engineering mechanical and information technology. The trade weeks alternate weekly with one week blocks of work study, literacy and numeracy education.

Mick Cornell, aged 15, left Annandale Christian College to enrol in Tec-Prep. ”Originally I wanted to do electrical but since completing the program I’ve changed my mind and now settled on automotive. If you want a career in trade, come to Tec-NQ. Don’t wait until it’s too late. When I was at school, I was bored and disengaged but after coming to Tec-NQ and taking part in the Tec-Prep program, I enjoy coming to school again.”

His father, Alan, is really happy too, noticing a great turnaround in his son’s attitude. “Over the course of his time in the Tec-Prep program Mick has matured a lot and is more grounded. It’s a good opportunity for young people to start their career in trade early and move out of the school environment which can be quite negative, especially if you aren’t interested in being an academic star. I would recommend Tec-Prep and Tec-NQ.”

Trades offered and Facility overview

At Tec-NQ students can choose from the following courses; Automotive, Construction, Electrical, Engineering and Information Technology.

Practical training is delivered in Tec-NQ’s state-of-the-art workshops. Real projects with tangible outcomes are used within the curriculum whenever possible. Many projects begin in the academic classroom, such as calculating measurements or creating sales brochures relating to the project and are regularly concluded in the workshop with practical outcomes.

Tec-NQ trade facilitators are trade-qualified (Certificate III level), have worked as qualified tradespeople in industry and hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. They play a key role in mentoring and coaching students.

Students, who graduate from Tec-NQ with a school-based apprenticeship, transition to full time apprenticeships with significant Certificate III progression (Tec-NQ has special approval to teach up to 45% of the trade in the school-based apprenticeship). Students who are not successful in attaining an apprenticeship are issued a Certificate I or II (dependent upon their trade program) which credit transfers to a Certificate III qualification once employed.

Accommodation Options

Residential care is available for students enrolled in Tec-NQ’s school-based program. Tec-NQ’s 26 room accommodation facility in Rosslea QLD has capacity for up to 44 residents. The facility is located at 44 Bowen Road in Rosslea QLD and features:
• 24 hour supervised care, 7 days per week
• Air-conditioned, double occupancy rooms with ensuites
• A recently renovated recreational area including a swimming pool
• A new security system and fencing
• Close to public transport, shops and the Murray Sport Complex
• Nutritiously catered meals
• Transportation to and from Tec-NQ
• Transportation support to and from work placement
2016 residential student fees are $11,000 for Tec-Prep and $22,000 per year for years 11 & 12. Students may be eligible for a rate reduction based on their accommodation needs. Contact Tec-NQ for further information.

Work Experience/Vocational Placement Program

A key point of differentiation in Tec-NQ’s Year 11 & 12 Program is its transitional two year timetable which optimises time spent in work placement.

Tec-NQ's work placement blocks are an integral part of its training timetable. The Earn the Right to Work Program monitors student performance against Tec-NQ’s core employability skills and address any concerns.

Students who earn the right to work have their placements coordinated by Tec-NQ’s Industry Team. The Industry Team coordinates over 10,000 days of work placement on average per year.

The Industry Team works directly with employers to source work placement and apprenticeship opportunities. They keep in contact with employers throughout the placement to monitor student performance and gain feedback used to mentor and improve the student’s employability.

55% of 2014 graduates attained school-based apprenticeships.

Tec-NQ

54 Discovery Drive
Douglas Townsville, QLD 4814
Phone: 07 4779 2199
Fax: 07 4779 2188
Email:
info@tecnq.com.au

Website:
www.tecnq.com.au

   

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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Secondary
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Trade School: Yes
 

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