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Skills on point in regional NSW

The Nationals have always been committed to ensuring world class education facilities are available to all, regardless of geographic location.

And under the leadership of our Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, The Nationals are delivering just that, with six new TAFE Skillspoint Headquarters to be built in regional NSW to give students access to world-class vocational education without having to leave home. 

In collaboration with TAFE NSW, Skillspoints our the latest State Government initiative to address the lack of industry specific training available to jobseekers outside metropolitan areas.

Nine Skillspoints headquarters are being established across the state, with six of these to be located in regional areas including Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Tamworth, Dubbo and Griffith.

Minister for Skills, John Barilaro and Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall made the announcement at TAFE NSW Queanbeyan campus last week and emphasised that the hubs will focus on filling job vacancies in local industries and meeting employer’s specific needs.

“What is so exciting about these SkillsPoints headquarters is that each location has been strategically determined to support its own region’s economic growth and employment needs. So, for example, the SkillsPoint in Coffs Harbour will focus on tourism while the SkillsPoint in Griffith will focus on agribusiness,” Mr Barilaro said.  

“Whether in a classroom, on-site, online or a combination of these, SkillsPoints training and resources will be tailored to industry needs and demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring the same high-quality, industry-relevant content anywhere from the city to rural and regional NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the new Skillspoint hub in his electorate would drive career-orientated and highly employable graduates for the New England.

“Our new SkillsPoint will focus on developing curriculum and training for career pathways, Aboriginal languages and employability skills to help increase digital literacy and boost foundation skills for positive participation in the workplace,” said Mr Anderson

The centres will streamline the recruitment process, acting as a single point of contact between employers and potential employees, and providing students with the detailed expertise and knowledge required by these local industries.

Skillspoints will serve as an intersection point where TAFE NSW will work with business and industry to develop curriculum and training to provide Australians with the skills needed for the jobs of the future,” Mr Barilaro said. 

In order to make the courses accessible to as many students as possible, various methods of training are available through Skillspoint hubs, including typical on-campus classes, worksite visits and online learning.

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