Funding commitment for a $40-million SkillsTech TAFE campus at North Lakes has been secured.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the trades training centre would provide industry-standard skills for the electrotechnology, construction, engineering and automotive industries for both large and small businesses.
Ms Fentiman also said that the federal opposition “has been willing to work with states on building our training assets.”
“Federal Labor has committed to more than $45 million to build and renew TAFE facilitates across Queensland.”
“We know that there is a growing demand for more skilled workers and this new Northside SkillsTech will encourage more locals to take up an apprenticeship for a bright future.”
The SkillsTech TAFE facility will accommodate about 3,300 students and will create 65 teaching and support jobs. A further 150 jobs will also be created throughout the construction stage.
TAFE, according to Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting, has been focused on the need to expand training opportunities in the Brisbane North region. TAFE would be supportive of the government initiative to open a new trading expanding training in North Lakes.
“I’m very pleased that TAFE Queensland are seeking to support the training needs of industries in our local community,” Mr Whiting said.
Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said that for industries and job opportunities to grow, it is essential to have high-quality training facilities in their local area.
“The Brisbane North region’s demand for TAFE training remains high and will continue to grow in future years,” he said.
Between 2015-16 and 2017-18, there has been a significant increase in interest in Construction, Engineering, Furnishing and Utilities. Automotive, on the other hand, has shown consistent high enrolments.
It was also announced that Labor will provide 56,000 new apprenticeships and TAFE places with no upfront fees as part of the Queensland Skills Guarantee program.
Included in this commitment:
- 20,000 TAFE places with no up-front fees.
- 30,000 extra apprentice incentives.
- 2,000 pre-apprenticeship places.
- 4,000 advanced entry adult apprenticeships.