Innovative partnerships will be a feature of a new collaboration between TAFE NSW and Telstra.
In a significant step today, Ms Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General TAFE and Community Education, and Ms Nerida Caesar, Telstra's Group Managing Director of Enterprise and Government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes a strategic relationship to promote and strengthen innovative collaboration for education and training across New South Wales.
"Skills are important to individuals, industry and communities to build careers, gain a competitive advantage and to grow and achieve economic prosperity. This partnership between TAFE NSW and Telstra will help define new approaches to skills delivery," said Ms Christie.
Three opportunities, including one in regional NSW, are currently being explored to develop new ways of delivering education and training services through technology.
As two of Australia's largest and most influential organisations, TAFE NSW and Telstra share a footprint across New South Wales and are well-placed to deliver world-class practical education and training and achieve significant outcomes. TAFE NSW will be approaching some of their other industry, community and university partners for the projects.
In 2009, TAFE NSW had over 500,000 enrolments, with 19.4% studying via online and distance modes.
"In fact, a third of delivery across TAFE NSW takes place outside the classroom. With Telstra's technology expertise in this partnership, TAFE NSW will offer customers more than they imagine through increased options in creative and accessible online learning experiences," said Ms Christie.
TAFE NSW continues to increase its presence in the tertiary sector having recently received accreditation as an approved provider of higher education degrees and, in 2011, will deliver its inaugural degree course.