Work begins on Quirindi's Next-Gen TAFE NSW Learning Facilities
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter and NSW Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall today said that future-focused training is a step closer for the region with the today announcing the start of construction of an industry-leading TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre in Quirindi.
Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP welcomed the news and said the works are delivering on the NSW Government’s plan, unveiled late last year, to significantly enhance TAFE NSW’s presence across rural and regional NSW and replace outdated facilities with new digitally enabled Connected Learning Centres (CLCs).
“We have listened to the community’s concerns and can unequivocally say the new TAFE NSW Quirindi CLC will not just be a shopfront, it will be a state-of-the-art learning facility allowing our local TAFE to grow and deliver the education and training methods required to support our future economy,” Mr Johnsen said.
“As well as providing our students with access to a greater range of learning and course options, the CLC is designed to meet our needs such as hands-on training for local businesses, and an open plan to host community-run events. The new campus will remain at the heart of our region.
“Our view is always to ensuring TAFE NSW grows and is future ready. I invite you to visit the TAFE NSW website to take a digital tour and see for yourselves.”
“The NSW Government has always said that where there is a TAFE today there will be a TAFE in the future and I reaffirm that commitment today as we focus on communities where TAFE doesn’t have a presence or where outdated facilities are not meeting future needs.”
“Additionally, I will be working with the Liverpool Plains Shire Council to have the current TAFE site handed back to community and not sold to private interests. This outdated facility is not useful for education any longer however, it is perfect for other community uses”, Mr Johnsen said.
Construction of the four CLCs will start immediately, weather permitting, and comes in addition to the nine new TAFE NSW SkillsPoints announced earlier this year.
To take a CLC digital tour, visit https://www.tafensw.edu.au/about-tafensw/one-tafe-nsw and click on ‘Take a virtual tour’.