At Tec-NQ, trades are a career of first choice. Tec-NQ is a registered training organisation (RTO) and a senior secondary school that has been in operation since 2007. Tec-NQ provides a range of training and educational programs to Townsville and the North Queensland region including full-time apprentice training, on demand industry training, pre-employment programs and school-based apprentice programs.
Initially founded as the Australian Technical College North Queensland the organisation was funded as part of the federal governments Australian Technical College’s program. 2009 saw the closure of this program and the launch of Tec-NQ as an independent organisation in early 2010.
Tec-NQ has grown progressively since its inception and currently students and apprentices in the fields of Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrotechnology, Automotive, Engineering and IT.
In 2015 Tec-NQ opened a Regional Training Accommodation Facility (RTAF) for both regionally based students and apprentices.
Tec-NQ also delivers UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology – non compliance in Mackay for apprenticeship training. The Tec-NQ Board and Staff are proud to serve the local community.
Our Training Model
Tec-NQ delivers nationally recognised training through its accredititation as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Tec-NQ prides itself on providing quality training programs that support local industry and regional development.
Full Time Apprentice Training
The blended learning program designed for each apprentice training program has been determined from ongoing consultation with each relevant industry sector.
Blended learning provides a degree of flexibility in how often apprentices are withdrawn from the workplace to undertake training. Blended learning features an effective mix of block training and on-the-job training as negotiated through the training plan. Training plans are negotiated at sign-up.
Block training engages apprentices in a focused, face-to-face learning environment, away from the distractions that arise in the workplace. The training facilities at Tec-NQ enable apprentices to gain experience in a safe, controlled simulated environment in practical skills that they would not otherwise have sufficient exposure to on the job. Blocks of one to two weeks in duration are negotiated at sign-up and are generally scheduled three to four times per year.
On-the-job training and assessment is conducted by trade qualified facilitators at the workplace. It utilises the workplace as the apprentice’s learning environment, enabling them to use the tools and equipment specific to their workplace.
Tec-NQ’s Learning Management System (LMS) provides an e-Learning platform that apprentices can access online. This platform provides a self-paced learning option that can minimise time out of the workplace.
Senior School Training
The pre-apprenticeship training program delivered within the senior school is a mix of classroom-based theory and workshop-based practical instruction delivered face-to-face by a trade qualified facilitator. Courses feature project-based delivery and workplace simulations.
Students participate in community projects requiring relevant trade skills whenever possible. Providing students with an opportunity to work on a real-time project gives them exposure to conditions that cannot be simulated in the classroom.
In addition to the full time training program and senior school, Tec-NQ also develops and delivers industry specific short courses.