Sydney (Tribune International, NSW Govt Release, 19 June 2020): The NSW Government today announced the new $80 million Western Sydney Construction Hub will be located at the existing Kingswood TAFE NSW campus.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee revealed the location with Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres during a visit to the Western Sydney campus.
“The Western Sydney Construction Hub will be conveniently located on the existing TAFE NSW campus in Kingswood. It will deliver specialised training for 700 new students each year in key trade areas such as carpentry, electrical, construction and plumbing,” Mr Lee said.
“As a dedicated Centre of Excellence for construction trades, the new facility will significantly enhance education and training in the region and showcase the best of what TAFE NSW has to offer in delivering world-class, practical training linked to jobs.
“We know our State needs a strong pipeline of skilled workers to meet the demand of our infrastructure boom, and that’s why we’re significantly investing in TAFE NSW.”
Mr Ayres said the new Western Sydney Construction Hub will equip students with jobready skills at a time when the area is experiencing an unprecedented spend in infrastructure projects.
“With its world-class facilities, expert teachers and on-site industry engagement, the Western Sydney Construction Hub will help to deliver the skilled workers needed for major construction projects such as the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis, and the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport,” he said.
The centre will be located on vacant land and is in close proximity to public transport, employers and other community amenities. It is scheduled to be ready in 2023.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring TAFE NSW is the gold standard in vocational education and training.