MURWILLUMBAH CONNECTED LEARNING CENTRE TO BOOST LOCAL EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS
Greater training and course options for students so they can live and learn in their local community is a step closer with the NSW Government commencing construction of the TAFE NSW Murwillumbah Connected Learning Centre (CLC).
Member for Lismore Thomas George turned the first sod of the multi-million dollar facility, which will significantly increase and expand the number of courses available.
The Murwillumbah CLC is part of the NSW Government’s plan to enhance TAFE NSW’s presence across rural and regional NSW and replace outdated facilities with new digitally enabled CLCs.
It follows the successful roll out of CLCs in Quirindi, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Coonabarabran late last year.
“Murwillumbah is a perfect example of how the NSW Government continues to invest in TAFE NSW to grow as a world-class, innovative and flexible public education provider,” Mr George said
“The first four CLCs to be built have demonstrated students receive more personalised learning experiences and better access to teachers both on and off-site, including the most in-demand courses linked to job outcomes.
“These CLCs doubled the number of courses available to their local communities, which paints a bright future for the people of Murwillumbah and the surrounding communities.”
The expanded course offerings mean less need for travel to bigger centres for local students, so students can live and learn in their local community.
Mr George said the NSW Government’s significant investment in CLCs complements other initiatives to boost educational opportunities in regional areas, namely TAFE Digital and the establishment of SkillsPoints Headquarters across NSW.
The courses offered through the CLCs are backed up by a full-range of Mobile Training Units that will deliver the high-quality practical training TAFE NSW is known for, and most importantly, training which is consistent with industry standards.
“Regional NSW is central to our modernisation of TAFE NSW, and today is another example of how we are rolling up our sleeves and getting on with the job of providing quality training for students and a future workforce for employers,” Mr George said.
“The Murwillumbah CLC will equip students with the skills, knowledge and connections to employers that are needed to support our local economy.”
PHOTO: Mohammad Zreika – Patterson Building Group, Austin Curtin - Nationals’ Candidate for Lismore, Thomas George- Member for Lismore, Susie George – TAFE NSW, Graham Avery –TAFE Murwillumbah