$11 Million Invested in Building Skills Centre for Western Sydney
Sydney, NSW, Australia (News4us.com) May 03, 2011
A new $11 million building skills centre in Western Sydney enables plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying, electrical and scaffolding students to work collaboratively on construction projects as part of their training.
Opening the Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre at TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute today, Skills Minister, Senator Chris Evans, said the new facility provides students with real industrial work-experience.
“The new centre uses an integrated, whole-of-project based approach to skills development, which allows students from several trades to work cooperatively in real-world scenarios,” Senator Evans said.
The Australian Government invested $9.2 million under the Education Investment Fund to build the new Centre.
“In the past three years, the Australian Government has invested more than $700 million to build new training Vocational Education and Training facilities across Australia,” Senator Evans said.
“These investments have transformed the learning environment for thousands of students and are helping increase the number of skilled workers, who are able to access the high-paid, high-skilled jobs in our economy.
“Working closely with industry, the Macarthur Centre will focus on sustainable development and the area of green skills training in building and construction.
“The innovative building skills training facility was already benefiting students enrolled in a wide range of building courses.
“In the past year the Centre has been used for training for more than a thousand students enrolling in various programs.
“The new Centre will also enable South Western Sydney Institute to increase its training capacity and reach out to students in south-western Sydney, a region with a population of 1.2 million.
“This is good news for the community and good news for the economy.
“This project is a fine example of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving quality training in the vocation and training sector and up-skilling Australians.”
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