A network of training hubs spanning Queensland
In addition to our iconic agricultural colleges at Emerald and Longreach, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges operates several training hubs across the state. Throughout Queensland we deliver short courses, self-paced online learning, workshop-based accredited training, and community programs for those who may not have ready access or time to attend a residential college course. QATC's training hubs complement the industry-scale facilities and residential course offerings at the Colleges, and act as a base for our trainers to service regional Queensland. Our geographic reach means we can also support trainees and apprentices, and school-based learners state-wide.
Through our training hubs, QATC has many opportunities to be flexible in 'where' and 'how' they provide the best training outcomes to suit students and employers. People who work full time, including in the daily operation of their own rural properties, or who are still studying for their secondary school qualification, welcome the chance to participate in agricultural training tailored to their needs.
Our approach to mobile and site-based training is fresh, flexible, and forward-thinking, giving individuals, grower organisations, schools, and businesses access to quality training when and where it is required.
Ayr Training Hub
Situated just outside the sugar cane-growing town of Ayr, the Ayr Training Hub has strong links to the regional cane and cattle industry.
The centre focuses on traineeships, both full and part time, and works closely with regional schools to provide agricultural training and school based traineeships. Corporate clients and employers are provided with an excellent service by qualified and experienced instructors, who will tailor training courses to meet specific skilling needs and deliver on location.
The hub specialises in courses in sugar, horticulture, vet nursing, rural operations and butchery, providing training throughout all of North Queensland including the Cape and Gulf areas.
Bundaberg Training Hub
The Bundaberg Training Hub services the regional area of the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast; a fertile area of cane farms, small crops, tree crops and cattle. The training provided by staff at the centre reflects the diverse nature of the region.
Working with local grower groups, regional councils and community organisations, the Bundaberg Training Hub delivers industry specialised courses to meet the needs of employers for skilled, knowledgeable workers. Traineeships, both full and part time are also a focus for instructors who carry out training and assessment activity on-farm.
Strong partnerships with local schools are a feature of the Bundaberg Training Hub activities, delivering specialised agricultural training and school based traineeships.
Staff at the Bundaberg Training Hub ensure the skilling needs of local employers are met by tailoring short courses to meet specific requirements. Courses in farm and land management skills such as welding, 4WD, fencing and chainsaws are held regularly to meet the needs of clients in the Fraser Coast, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast area.
Charters Towers Training Hub
The Charters Towers Training Hub is the newest addition to QATC's locations. Servicing the Flinders and Dalrymple regions as well as North and North Western Queensland, this hub has a strong focus on livestock training. Staff also work with local pastoral enterprise owners and managers to coordinate traineeships, and deliver industry-relevant short courses and skill sets throughout the region.
Dalby Training Hub
Situated on the Western Darling Downs the Dalby Training Hub is a regional hub for training in the agriculture, cropping and energy industries. Instructional staff at Dalby work with industry and employers to provide tailored training to meet the needs of the Western Downs region.
Traineeships, either full or part time, are a focus at Dalby with staff working closely with rural employers to meet the training needs of new entrants to the industry. Experienced workers are also catered for through recognising existing skills leading to enhanced qualifications.
Our experienced staff understand the needs of employers for convenient training to upskill workers and provide regular short courses in areas such as 4WD, vehicle wash down, welding and vehicle maintenance.
Gatton Training Hub
Located on the grounds of the University of Queensland's Gatton Campus the Gatton Training Hub services the Lockyer Valley and Southern Downs areas, specialising in production horticulture, rural operations, and agribusiness.
Staff at Gatton are all specialists in their respective fields, working closely with industry associations and grower groups to ensure that training is current and relevant.
The Gatton Training Hub focusses on the needs of rural employers with a range of traineeships and short courses being offered regularly. Staff will be pleased to discuss the training needs of corporate clients and tailor specific courses to suit.
Mackay Training Hub
Situated in the sugar cane growing region of Mackay, the Mackay Training Hub works closely with the local Canegrowers organisation to provide training in both cane production and milling. Experienced staff have an industry focus which allows them to understand the training needs of growers and production.
Traineeships are a strong focus of the Mackay Training Hub team who work with local employers to ensure new entrants to the industry gain the skills and knowledge required through full time or part time traineeships. School students are catered for through specialist agricultural training and school based traineeships. Convenient short courses, held on farm, ensure that experienced workers receive the training they need to upgrade their skills and knowledge of machinery and equipment, chemicals, pest and disease management and environmental sustainability.
Working with regional councils and community organisations, Mackay training hub tailors training courses to meet the needs of local producers and employers.
Rockhampton Training Hub
Our Rockhampton Training Hub is situated at the new Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct (CQIRP), a former CSIRO site adjacent to the CQUniversity Rockhampton campus. Our instructional staff at the Rockhampton Training Hub work closely with CQUniveristy Faculty of Agriculture staff to help deliver the practically-focused components of training for CQU Bachelor of Agriculture students at Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Emerald.
Walkamin Training Hub
Surrounded by the heritage listed areas of the Atherton Tableland, the Walkamin Training Hub is Rural Training Queensland's premier site for conservation and land management training. Qualified and experienced staff provide full time, part time and external training options in all facets of conservation and land management. Students may go on to gain employment as park rangers and tourist guides.
External students throughout Queensland form a significant cohort of those enrolled, studying at a time and place convenient to busy lifestyles. Traineeships, both full and part time, are also available, while secondary students are encouraged to take up school-based traineeships to meet the skill needs of a growing industry.
Staff at the Walkamin Training Hub work with local government, community groups and employers to tailor short courses to meet specific skilling needs. Courses in farm and land management skills such as welding, 4WD, fencing and chainsaws are held regularly to meet the needs of clients in the Tablelands and Cairns area.