When COVID-19 locked down NSW in 2020, TAFE educators did what they do best – coming up with innovative ways to train the skilled workforce of the future.
Now the lessons they learned will benefit students for years to come with the installation of contemporary, digitally-enabled virtual teaching and learning spaces at campuses across NSW.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Connected Learning Points (CLPs) will be rolled out to campuses in Dubbo, Dunedoo, Mudgee, and Wellington, in what is a “major win for local students”.
“This initiative will enhance access to training, allowing more students to live and learn in their own communities, while gaining access to the skills they need to be work ready,” Mr Saunders said.
“The installation of a virtual delivery space at Dubbo’s Myall Street TAFE campus will in turn give students across NSW the chance to learn from the amazing industry experts we have right here in western NSW.
“This investment ensures people living in regional communities have access to a greater range of teacher-led, digitally enabled courses, and allows them to build skills highly valued by employers, such as digital literacy, remote working, problem-solving, and resilience.”
The TAFE NSW campuses at Dubbo, Dunedoo, Mudgee, and Wellington will each be fitted with a state-of-the art digitally-enabled learning space, designed to link local students with a state-wide network of industry qualified TAFE NSW teachers. This will enable students in the Orana region to participate in classes, subject to demand, no matter where their teacher is located.
Dubbo’s Myall Street campus will be one of those virtual delivery spaces, enabling Dubbobased teachers to share their highly sought-after industry experience with students no matter where they live.
As part of the investment, a number of specialist facilities across NSW will be upgraded, including workshops, kitchens, and laboratories which will be fitted with technology and equipment to support practical demonstrations. This will help students living in regional and remote communities to observe practical demonstrations at industry-standard and fully equipped teaching facilities.
Construction will commence in coming months, and is expected to be completed by May 2022.