Emerald jobs safe in CQU revamp
CQUNIVERSITY Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman yesterday promised no jobs would be cut from Emerald's vocational education and training operation despite a major restructure.
One year on from the university's historic merger with CQ TAFE, Professor Bowman is moving to streamline the former TAFE's "bureaucratic" staffing structure into something more in line with the wider university operation.
Yesterday he announced he had been able to restrict any loss of staff with a divisional restructure through the formation of a redeployment pool.
Discussing the future of Emerald specifically, Prof Bowman ruled out the possibility of relocating or losing any of the current 40 staff members.
"The university as a whole is doing incredibly well," Prof Bowman said.
"The TAFE section does need a restructure, but I think we will see the staff numbers grow.
"Emerald is incredibly important. It is right in the heart of the mining area... which may be in downtime, but it is still exporting more coal than ever, so we want to be there to provide the mining and engineering training."
Prof Bowman spoke about collaborations between the Emerald Agricultural College and GP Super Clinic as two areas to target.
He said the resource sector downturn had led to two consecutive years of declines greater than 20 per cent in VET student numbers across the whole university.
He said the current model was not competitive with private training providers.
"If we do not address the restructure, competitiveness and financial sustainability of our VET division now, we risk running a deficit budget from next year," he said.
"Essentially we need to see the VET division running as efficiently as the wider university to make our ambitious five-year VET growth strategy work."
He said the anticipated 40-50 predominantly non-teaching VET staff who found themselves sitting outside the new structure would join a new temporary unit working on various priority projects.
"These staff will remain working in this unit until they are redeployed to suitable vacancies within the wider university."