Six new regional and three metropolitan TAFE NSW SkillsPoints
headquarters will be established by the NSW Government, as part of its
push to create the workforce of the future by collaborating with
business and industry.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said this
initiative would ensure TAFE NSW builds on its reputation as a
world-class vocational education and training provider.
Making the announcement at the TAFE NSW Queanbeyan campus today, Mr
Barilaro and Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall, said
the SkillsPoints are innovative hubs, which will serve as a
responsive single point of contact.
"SkillsPoints are intersection points where TAFE NSW
will work with business and industry to develop curriculum and
training to provide Australians with the skills needed for the jobs of
the future," Mr Barilaro said.
The first SkillsPoints HQ – Innovative Manufacturing,
Robotics and Science – will open in Newcastle in September.
The rollout of the remaining SkillsPoints HQs in Griffith,
Tamworth, Queanbeyan, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Ultimo, Parramatta and
Mount Druitt – will be announced in coming months.
Mr Marshall said each SkillsPoints will be powered by a core
team of between eight and 15 staff to meet the needs of local students
"What is so exciting about
these SkillsPoints headquarters is that each location has
been strategically determined to support its own region's economic
growth and employment needs. So, for example,
the SkillsPoints in Coffs Harbour will focus on tourism while
the SkillsPoints in Griffith will focus on
agribusiness," he said.
Mr Barilaro said that with regionally based headquarters and a
Statewide focus, "SkillsPoints will be capable of
rapidly designing and delivering training to meet the needs of
established and emerging industries".
"Whether in a classroom, on-site, online or a combination of
these, SkillsPoints training and resources will be tailored
to industry needs and demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to
ensuring the same high-quality, industry relevant content anywhere
from the city to rural and regional NSW," said Mr Marshall.
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