TRAINING THE TRAINERS (3/1)

AS demand for skilled employees grows with the economic recovery, so too do the career opportunities from a certificate IV in training and assessment (TAA) qualification.

Corporate professionalism is the emphasis of the University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTEUQ), with the philosophy never to ‘teach down’ but to always offer support.

ICTE-UQ manager of training and assessment courses Barbara Robinson, says students must have 70 to 80 hours of assessment to complete the course, with tutors available seven days a week.

“In addition to giving graduates the necessary skills to train others, this qualification is a pre-requisite to be able to deliver all nationally recognised training certificates and diplomas in Australia,” says Robinson.

“We put the resources into it and we supply two tutors per course – I think that for the students that come to us the difference in quality of what we have to offer is quite clear.”

“Being a university we tend to attract the high-end side of the professions – we tend to get people working as training managers, HR directors or managers in big corporations or government.”

Robinson also notes that the ICTE-UQ building was voted Queensland’s best public building last year, with state-of-theart training facilities including a range of interconnected multimedia laboratories, custom-designed collaborative classrooms and a 200-seat auditorium.

Courses involve a mixture of group-based learning and assessment with trainers experienced in the corporate world, together with distance-based learning and assessment either at home or work.

Course facilitators Chris and Rebecca Meyers have professional backgrounds in education, business, software development and health promotion. They both hold Diplomas in TAA and Master of Education degrees.

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