With $1.2 million on the table to re-develop Gunnedah TAFE, the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson will chair a workshop on Tuesday, 24 April with business leaders and local government representatives to roll out a blueprint for the future.

“Because we have a problem with unemployment and skills in Gunnedah, we need to provide the training courses and opportunities to locals so they can do those jobs,” Mr Anderson said. 

“We’ll be developing strategies with Gunnedah business owners and managers as well as representatives of Gunnedah Shire Council to bring about positive outcomes for young people in the town.

“The discussion also needs to be had about how we want that training delivered and when we want it delivered. It can either be at the workplace or on site at TAFE.

“We need to think about health, engineering, electro technology, automotive engineering, construction, plumbing, electrical, welding and any other agricultural or mine-related activity.

“If we want our local businesses to employ locals then we have to support them with training options and I believe TAFE plays a very important role in that process.

“TAFE needs to talk to local businesses to find out about what training options we need for our employees, to upskill them or take on an apprentice,” Mr Anderson concluded 

He said almost 20 business operators, councillors and staff from the Council had accepted an invitation to attend the workshop.

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