First year students Steve Williams, Ian Bell and Steven Wicks.
First year students Steve Williams, Ian Bell and Steven Wicks.

$6.3m TAFE upgrade opened

NEW facilities at the Coffs Harbour TAFE were opened by both state and federal government representatives yesterday.

Senator Michael Forshaw, standing in for Education Minister Julia Gillard, was at the ceremony which marked $6.3 million from federal funds spent on improving vocational education and training.

Helen Westwood, MLC, represented the New South Wales government, who also chipped in another $2.9 million.

The new facilities will give students in automotive, health and recreation industries access to new high quality equipment to help realise their potential.

“The new facilities at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus will give students access to equipment used in the industry, providing them with valuable experience and positioning them well for future employment,” said Senator Forshaw.

The opening of the new automotive facility is the final step in integrating a complete trade precinct at the campus incorporating welding, metal fabrication, fitting and machining.

Other new facilities constructed as part of the project will meet existing and projected demand locally for training of nursing, aged care and sports and fitness practitioners.

“The facilities have utilised approaches like passive solar design and orientation, water capture, recycling and conservation, recycling and effective management of waste and the use of environmentally friendly materials wherever possible,” Ms Westwood told The Coffs Coast Advocate.



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