FNQ Region

About FNQ Training

Connecting people, business and community to deliver a skilled workforce

At Training Queensland’s FNQ regional office our small group of professional staff act at a local level to develop your workforce and support participation in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

What is VET?

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) is tertiary education which provides nationally accredited training in practical, job-related technical skills.
  • It covers a large number of careers and industries like trades and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.
  • Qualifications range from certificate I- IV, diploma and advanced diploma.
  • Many people undertaking VET qualifications also complete extensive workplace training through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Individuals can be trained in part qualifications or 'skills sets' and receive a statement of attainment.

What do we do?

We aim to ensure people living in the FNQ region will be skilled to maximise their opportunities and productively contribute to the Queensland economy.

Our work includes growing regional workforce skills to support the State’s four pillar economy- Tourism, Agriculture, Construction and Resources- , ensuring three out of four eligible Queenslanders have a trade, Certificate III or tertiary qualification by 2020.

How will we achieve this?

We have a workforce strategy which outlines the goals, actions and key performance indicators to drive skills development in our region.

The strategy covers four broad themes:

  • Workforce development
  • Industry partnerships
  • Client participation
  • VET stakeholder capacity

What are our roles?


  • Champions the department’s vision and goals by translating state government strategies and objectives into practical regional workforce development initiatives.
  • Leads regional administration, regulation and support of the state’s apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements.
  • Leads the regional team in engaging Far North Queenslanders in lifelong skills and learning.

Indigenous Program Officers

  • Provide links between training providers and employers to broker workforce development solutions that focus on improving productivity and workforce participation for Indigenous people across FNQ.
  • Link Indigenous training investment with genuine employment opportunities and community development plans.
  • Work collaboratively with industry, government agencies and contracted organisations to provide assistance for Indigenous people to transition from training into sustainable employment. 

Regional Planning Officer

  • Monitors current trends and changes in qualifications, skills and regional industry to forecast skills needs and solutions.
  • Works closely with employers, industry bodies and the VET sector to develop skills formation strategies that address local and regional workforce issues.
  • Provides strategic advice and leadership to regional skilling initiatives, ensuring they are undertaken in areas of occupational demand.

District Manager

  • Proactively work with industry to create new pathways to training and employment.
  • Lead and manage the team’s delivery of services in workforce development and apprenticeship regulation, including management of training contract breaches.
  • Undertake specialist project management, to address skills shortages and regional industry demands.

Field Officers

  • Preforms workforce development visits (EWD) with employers in order to identify skills gaps and provide options to overcome these.
  • Actively supports employers and participants to complete training through the apprenticeship system via targeted workplace visits.
  • Monitors adherence to legislation by the parties involved in a training contract and takes corrective action to address issues as they arise.

Customer Service Officers

  • Supports the delivery of services to our stakeholders through the management of incoming customer enquiries and the provision of information and resources in response to these queries.
  • Ensures client information is recorded accurately and is available for future reference.
  • Supports the regional team in the implementation of local initiatives.

Contact Us

Department of Education and Training Far North Queensland

  • Telephone: (07) 4037 3822
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