TRANSFORMED vocational education and training delivery in NSW will now be a reality with the first multi-million dollar TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC) opening in Quirindi.
The minister responsible for TAFE NSW, Adam Marshall, and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen opened the next-generation learning facilities on Monday, alongside representatives from local businesses, schools and community organisations.
“The new multi-million dollar TAFE NSW Quirindi CLC is set to transform education delivery not just in Quirindi, but across the whole region and the state,” Mr Marshall said.
“The NSW government is investing heavily in the future of TAFE NSW and this can be seen with a $2.1 million brand new, modern, state of the art facility which will significantly improve the experience of teachers and students who utilise it.
“With the Quirindi CLC, TAFE NSW will be able to triple the number of courses on offer locally by the beginning of next year and provide the town with an all week presence, which was unable to be delivered with the existing campus.”
Mr Johnsen said the opening of the new multi-million dollar Quirindi CLC demonstrated TAFE NSW had a stronger future in Quirindi.
“I have always said TAFE NSW is here to stay in Quirindi – the opening of this fantastic multi-million dollar facility is the ultimate demonstration of this,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Local students will now no longer need to travel to Tamworth, Armidale or Newcastle to study the right course to get them on their chosen career pathway, so more young people can stay in our local community.
“New courses offered by the Quirindi CLC are backed up by a full-range of Mobile Training Units that will deliver the quality practical training TAFE NSW is known for, consistent with industry standards.
“This is an absolute game changer for local education delivery and demonstrates how The NSW Nationals in government is delivering for Quirindi.”
The TAFE NSW Quirindi CLC is opening its doors to the public for a Community Opening Day on Wednesday, November 15 between 10am and 2pm.