New transport engineering technology centre

19 June 2013

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced a new multi-million dollar Transport Engineering Technology Centre at Wetherill Park College.

The Minister was joined by Member for Smithfield Andrew Rohan to announce the new facility, which is part of TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute. Mr Piccoli said the project will provide industry standard training facilities for the transport, engineering, logistics, and resources sectors. Mobile plant and equipment training will also be offered to meet demand.

"Once completed, the new Transport Engineering Technology Centre will be an industry training hub for South Western Sydney," Mr Piccoli said.

"Existing facilities at TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute's Wetherill Park College will be redeveloped and refurbished to create the Transport Engineering Technology Centre. 

"New multipurpose learning facilities will include e-learning and video technologies, which will link with other workplaces to maximise the simulation of real-life scenarios.

"The NSW 2013-14 Budget allocates $2.3 billion for vocational education and training through TAFE NSW Institutes and other registered training providers. This is approximately an eight per cent increase on last year's investment in vocational education and training.

"$107 million will be spent on new capital works at TAFE institutes, which is nearly a $15 million increase on last year's expenditure," Mr Piccoli said. 

Other TAFE projects in the NSW 2013-14 budget include: 

  • A new fashion design studio at Ultimo TAFE;
  • A new facility at Nepean College Kingswood TAFE designed to address skill shortages in the areas of Aged Care and Nursing;
  • An upgrade of facilities at Young TAFE for courses in Health and Aged Care, Children's Services, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty;
  • A consolidation of Mudgee TAFE's three campuses into one, with new purpose-built facilities to be constructed and;
  • A new Student Services Centre at Wollongbar TAFE

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