North Coast TAFE to deliver programs for graduates to provide skills for the Pacific Highway upgrade.
North Coast TAFE to deliver programs for graduates to provide skills for the Pacific Highway upgrade. Trevor Veale

Mobile training delivers graduates as highway upgrade progresses

A TRAINING program is driving opportunities for civil construction students as part of the Pacific Highway upgrades.

North Coast TAFE NSW has been behind the strategy and has been commended by Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis.

"The North Coast TAFE has been delivering high-quality education services to students across the breadth of the North Coast for a number of years," he said.

Delivering job-ready graduates

"To add to their running success the North Coast TAFE has tailored an agile training model that delivers job-ready graduates to employers as part of the $5 billion infrastructure project currently underway.

"Like the mobile facility that's been created in the Clarence Valley, training delivery is very close to the source of the jobs and in close partnership with the civil construction industry, so we can ensure we're delivering graduates with the skills they need to get a job."

Minister for Skills and Regional Development John Barilaro said that the training is mobile so that it can maximise responsiveness to industry needs.

Mobile training follows project

"This mobile training is designed to follow the work as the project progresses, enabling students to get frontline training so they are better prepared to join the skilled workforce," he said.

"One of the other great benefits of this TAFE NSW initiative is that we're able to bring the training to our regional towns."

Since mid-2014, more than 800 trainees have completed courses in Civil Construction, Surface Extraction, and Civil Construction Supervision and Operation with numbers expected to increase as the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway project continues.

The Civil Construction program is currently 'live' on sites in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys in addition to the Tweed.

Plans are currently underway to expand the program as the demand grows in NSW and interstate.



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