EQIP is a not-for-profit world-class initiative that stemmed from the need for a central point of contact between Education Queensland, local community organisations, business, and industry to provide alternative education opportunities and career pathways for students in the local community.
As part of their training, students attend the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry monthly meetings to learn more about businesses in the region. They also complete Ambassador Training and volunteer to welcome and provide support for P&O Cruise ship passengers visiting Gladstone throughout the year. In 2019, the students assisted with organising the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. The students are role models in the local community for their exemplary behaviour and commitment to complete volunteer work experience aligned to their certificate qualifications.
In 2018 there were 194 students enrolled in one of seven EQIP programs.