A $9 million training facility at Macquarie Fields TAFE was opened today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird. The facility is equipped to train up to 1000 students each year to work in fields such as health, aged care, fitness, painting and signage. “The Gillard Government is taking action to meet our future demand for skills through a record investment in training,” Ms Bird said. “We are investing in world-class infrastructure to improve vocational education and give Australians the skills they need to be able to participate in the future growth of our economy.”
The new centres feature state-of-the-art lecture rooms, sign writing industry rooms, a specialist sign writing computer room and high-quality wireless internet as well as cardio, aerobics, fitness testing, massage therapy and clinical rooms.
As part of the grant, the campus was also upgraded with new signage and with green initiatives, such as water harvesting, water efficient plumbing and energy efficient lights.
“For more than 30 years the Macquarie Fields TAFE has been reaching out to people in the community who would otherwise not get the chance to further their education after their school years,” Mr Ferguson said. Funding for the new training centres was provided through the National Skills and Workforce Development Agreement in conjunction with the NSW Government. Since 2007, Labor has committed more than $5 billion to upgrade infrastructure in the vocational education and training, higher education and research sectors.