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Barilaro brings TAFE NSW into the 21st Century

TAFE NSW will undergo its biggest makeover in 25 years after Member for Monaro and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, announced his visionary changes for the institution last week.

Mr Barilaro’s “once-in-a-generation” transformation will ensure students across NSW have greater access to TAFE’s quality education and be able to learn new skills regardless of time, distance and accessibility.

The TAFE NSW Connective Learning Strategy will blend face-to-face and virtual environments to produce training that’s flexible, collaborative and ensures students across the state will receive the same leading-edge education whether they’re from Bourke or Ballina or Bathurst

The new approach will focus on improving TAFE NSW’s digital curriculum to become a leading online provider, combining multiple learning platforms to operate and collaborate as a single entity. Underutilised assets will be reviewed and some sold with proceeds reinvested in the Skills budget to provide specialist training centres so both teachers and students can experience the best of TAFE in regional locations.

“This reform is about providing more choice, better access and convenient training for our students to help them get the jobs of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The changes will reduce duplication and will make significant savings on back office administration and management which will be reinvested back into training and skilling more young people in NSW.”

During his announcement, John confirmed the TAFE NSW’s new model will not see the institution privatised.

“My commitment to you and that of this government is; TAFE NSW is not being privatised today or in the future. To be told anything else by anyone else is a lie.”

In fact, for every million dollars saved through the reform 250 extra students will have their training subsidised.  And, more industry relevant courses will be added to the curriculum and a TAFE Digital Education headquarters will be created in regional NSW.

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