New strategy driving jobs in CQ’s education sector

The Palaszczuk Government has launched a comprehensive plan working with CQ University to encourage and grow Queensland’s international education and training (IET) industry.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said this strategy would stimulate Central Queensland’s already strong IET industry with IET already adding more than $122 million annually to the local economy and accounting for more than 170 jobs.

Local stakeholders in the industry need to work together to make sure Central Queensland gets its fair share of this growing market.

Deputy Premier and Minster for Trade and Investment said that the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026 details 36 specific initiatives aimed at boosting Queensland’s IET sector.

“This new strategy represents the most comprehensive suite of support for the IET sector in Queensland’s history, with an investment of $25.3 million over the next five years,” Ms Trad said.

“We know that with the right initiatives in place we can grow IET in Queensland from $2.8 billion and 19,000 jobs last year to an estimated $7.5 billion and 26,000 jobs by 2026.”

The 36 initiatives include:

* An industry partnership fund worth $6 million, over five years
* Annual Queensland IET summit
* Queensland IET Excellence Awards
* IET-focused trade missions
* Basing Queensland IET experts in priority destinations
* Working with Advance Queensland to promote Queensland’s strong research and innovation industries
* Supporting affordable and high-quality student accommodation
* State-wide student hubs and a student led international students advisory group

A full list of initiatives and programs can be found at
Information sessions will take place from 22 November – 14 December 2016, with a session to be held in Rockhampton on Thursday, 8 December.

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