THE new Trades and Water Centre of Excellence at TasTAFE’s Clarence campus has received a $7 million investment from the Federal Government.
The funding brings the total investment for the Centre of Excellence to $21 million, with the Tasmanian Government providing $14 million.
The Centre of Excellence footprint will now increase by more than 50 per cent and include electrotechnology training, which will move from the current TasTAFE site at Campbell Street.
The site will bring together building and construction, plumbing and water, refrigeration and air conditioning, and smart buildings technologies, along with access to upskilling in renewables and hydrogen technologies.
“There are currently more than 500 electrotechnology apprentices at TasTAFE and the new site at Clarence will expand capacity and see more tradies trained in this key industry and in state-of-the-art facilities,” Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff.
“TasTAFE are working closely with peak bodies to develop the Centre of Excellence with strong industry input in how training is delivered.
“The Trade and Water Centre of Excellence is a key part of our plan for TAFE and demonstrates our commitment to invest in modern facilities, with more classrooms, more laboratories, and the latest equipment.
“Along with the recent announcement of $21 million in low or no cost training, the Federal and State Governments are supporting the skills pipeline Tasmania needs as we work through COVID-19 recovery.”
Construction on the Centre of Excellence will commence later this year.
Caption: Senator Jonathan Duniam, TasTAFE chief executive officer Jenny Dodd, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff, and Contact Group general manager Dion Frame.