FRASER Coast is growing as an employment destination for people with tertiary qualifications.
That’s the opinion of University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Jan Thomas after the university held its Student Advisors Information Day (SAID) on June 4.
Professor Thomas said USQ Fraser Coast had experienced a 47% increase in QTAC applications this year, suggesting that more students were wanting to study and find employment locally.
She said that with the rapid expansion of construction projects in the region including about $230m in property investments over the past 18 months with the new St Stephens Hospital and Stockland’s Shopping Centre, industries such as professional services, health, social assistance and education were all increasing in terms of output, value and employment.
“Paralleling that, we’re seeing greater demand for qualified people to work in those industries and USQ is developing programs that align to those needs, “Professor Thomas said.
USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said the annual SAID event was designed to better equip advisors when supporting students with their future career choices.
“As we move into the future, more qualified people will be needed in the health sector providing more employment opportunities locally,” he said.
“The sessions covered topics of interest to the staff who work with students intending to make the transition to university life in the years ahead.”
Information was shared on USQ’s study areas such as humanities and communications, engineering and built environment, health and community, sciences, business and commerce, law and justice, education, information technology and creative arts.
Topics also included pathway programs and admissions as well as counselling, disability and Indigenous support.
Representatives from 10 Fraser Coast high schools attended this year’s Student Advisors Information Day.
Among them was Deb Lovell from Maryborough’s Riverside Christian College who said: “I love coming to these events, you always learn something new. Things change all the time so this event keeps us up-to-date on scholarships and anything else that may have changed from one year to another.”
Photos: Kristen Hooper (left) and Deb Lovell from Maryborough’s Riverside Christian College chat with USQ Lecturer (Diversity and Inclusive Education) Stephen Hughes.