A MODERN LOCAL TAFE NSW ON THE HORIZON
A modernised structure for TAFE NSW will reduce overheads, direct more resources to frontline teaching and guarantee TAFE is meeting the training and skills needs of the local community and economy, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said today.
Mr Anderson said the region will also benefit from a significant investment into the Gunnedah campus which will see a refurbishment of the trade centre into specialist industry standard facilities with modern, flexible workshops and training spaces that are adaptable to meet training demand in the Gunnedah region.
“The NSW Government has released a vision for once-in-a-generation reform of TAFE NSW which will see the independent Institute structure dissolved and replaced with a single, multi-campus TAFE NSW.
“This reform is about providing more choice, better access and convenient training for our students to help them get the jobs of the future.
“It will make significant savings on back office administration and management which will be reinvested back into training and skilling more people in NSW.
“In our region the NSW Government is making significant investment in roads, hospitals and schools but we need to ensure TAFE NSW is equipped to deliver the skilled workforce to help build it.
“Importantly, for every $1 million saved through this reform, the NSW Government can subsidise the training for 250 extra students to help them get their first job, or upskill for their next career step.
“Further to this we will soon be having a local strategy meeting in Gunnedah to identify the needs of the local industry so that we can attract more young people into training and into employment.
“I want to see a strong viable TAFE NSW in our region that is increasingly student focused which is why these reforms are so important so that we can better meet students’ needs into the future.”
Under these reforms, the NSW Government will also:
Open a series of brand new Flexible Learning Centres from February 2017 – giving remote and disadvantaged students access to TAFE training and teaching across the network
Create a new TAFE Digital Education headquarters in regional NSW; and
Reinvest any money from land or asset sales back into TAFE NSW.
“This is the single biggest reform to TAFE NSW in our life time and I am confident this can only result in more students, more teachers and more skilled people in our local workforce,” Mr Anderson concluded.