Construction on a new multi-million-dollar TAFE centre has started today in a bid to expand and enhance educational opportunities for students across the region.
The Tomaree Connected Learning Centre (CLC) is expected to be operational by late 2021.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, was on site to turn the first sod on the next-generation facility, which will be built by a local business and aims to provide students with relevant training for the jobs of the future.
“Today is a great example of the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting regional economies and ensuring local employers and industry have the pipeline of skilled workers they need,” Ms Cusack said.
“The brand-new facility will be built alongside the new shopping precinct, in close proximity to public transport, community amenities, and local high schools and employers.”
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said the new $7 million CLC would tap into TAFE NSW’s statewide network of campuses and work in partnership with the existing TAFE NSW presence – located only a few hundred metres away – to offer a wider range of course offerings.
“Importantly, expanded course offerings means students can gain job-ready skills without having to travel far from home,” Mr Lee said.
Supported by Mobile Training Units and the latest learning technologies, including virtual reality and simulation, the new CLC will equip students with in-demand skills and connections to employers to support local jobs.
The CLC will be built by local business Collaborative Construction Solutions.
Go to the TAFE NSW website for more information.