Friday, 26 June 2020

The NSW Government today announced the start of construction on the multi-million dollar Bega Multi Trades Hub to revolutionise training in the region.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance turned the first sod on the $17 million state-of-the-art facility which will offer hands-on, industry-renowned training in a range of areas critical to the State and local economy.

“I’m pleased to announce construction is underway for this new modern facility, which is the first of its kind and designed to form part of an education precinct, operating alongside the Connected Learning Centre to improve learning and job outcomes in the local community,” Mr Constance said.

“We are significantly investing in TAFE NSW to deliver the skilled workers local employers and industry need – and the new trades facility in Bega will offer hands-on courses across key industries such as Carpentry, Bricklaying, engineering, hospitality, aged care and early childhood.

“We want to see our students have better access locally to a wider range of course options and this multi trade facility will deliver that in spades.

“Now is the time to look at how we deliver vocational education, and the Bega Valley is going to be a leader in this model,” said Mr Constance.

“We need to embrace the opportunity, work with employers, the local Chambers of commerce and a cross section of our industries, to ensure we have the course offerings right and ensure local employers have a state of the art training facility for their prospective employees.

“Along with students having access to a new modern training facility, our local TAFE educators and staff will have a first class facility in which to teach the courses.

“Whether you want to be a brickie, a chef or an early childhood educator, the new multi- trade hub is for you,” Mr Constance said.

“The Bega community has been well-served by TAFE NSW for generations, and this new investment will enhance TAFE NSW’s capacity to deliver quality training for students, employers and communities into the future.

“The value of having first-class education facilities in regional communities cannot be underestimated, and I look forward to seeing students taking advantage of the new fit-for-purpose learning environment once construction of the hub is complete.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the multi-discipline trades hub will deliver practical skills to support jobs across regional NSW.

“This latest project brings the total NSW Government investment to almost $25m to build a new TAFE here in Bega, so we can provide the best that vocational training has to offer in our local community,” he said.

The Bega Multi Trades Hub will be located at 1 McKee Drive alongside the TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre and local high school, and in close proximity to the UOW Campus, public transport, community amenities and employers.

Construction has now commenced and is due for completion in mid-2021.