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Aviation careers take flight at TAFE Newcastle


Aspiring aviation technicians, mechanics and commercial airline workers will benefit from a new state-of-the-art training centre at TAFE NSW Newcastle.

Planning is underway for the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct, which will create a defence and aerospace hub, turbocharging the local economy and creating an estimated 4,400 full-time jobs.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the purpose-built $1.17 million Aviation Delivery Hub would train the next generation of skilled workers to meet national and international industry demands.

“This new facility will put Newcastle at the centre of training for the industry,” he explained.

“It’ll ensure that a career in the skies is more attainable than ever before for thousands of aviation enthusiasts.

“It will unlock unprecedented opportunities in aviation and build a strong pipeline of future workers in the Hunter to support the continued development of the Newcastle Airport and the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct.

“Drone training will also be a focus of the new facility.

“There’s an estimated 1.2 million drones currently in operation nationally and potential for up to 5,500 jobs annually over the next 20 years.”

TAFE NSW will train aviation technicians to support the Hunter’s defence capability as well as providing other guidance such as drone training, flight operations and passenger screening for staff working in the commercial airline and aviation industries.

Equipment at the new facility includes a Cessna aircraft, generic hand skills trainers and an aircraft wiring board.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the Aviation Delivery Hub would include an aviation maintenance broadcast room, enabling the local expert to be broadcast into other receiving points around NSW.

“This digitally-enabled technology will benefit the wider region, allowing students around the state to study via a virtual classroom and obtain the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” he stated.

“The aviation industry will play a critical role in NSW’s pandemic recovery.

“So, I look forward to seeing the role TAFE Newcastle can play in giving people the skills they need for jobs they want in the industry.”

Starting in May, the Aviation Delivery Hub at TAFE NSW Newcastle will present highly-skilled and knowledgeable aviation professionals needed to support the global industry through Certificates in Aeroskills.

More courses will be added in semester two including a Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance and a Certificate III in Remote Pilot (Drones), with further options to be added in 2023.

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