NewsThursday 14 Jul 2016

North Coast TAFE embraces opportunities in state-wide modernisation plan

Amidst significant modernisation announcements North Coast TAFE institute director, Elizabeth McGregor, is confident that staff and students along the north coast are well positioned to take advantage of the changes.

“We have over 48,000 students enrolled already this year choosing the option they want: face to face; on the job; online; in community or a blend of all four. Yesterday’s announcement from the NSW government makes it clear that we should keep moving in this direction.

We will continue to deliver through campuses and through our industry and community-based, mobile facilities. And we will make more learning resources available, digitally, for students to access when and where they need them,” says Ms McGregor.

The new design will see NSW TAFE’s ten institutes come together in a collaborative and connected single entity, allowing teachers and students to experience the best of TAFE in any of the regional locations.

It’s too early to know the details of what will change operationally, but the direction is clear: north coast communities will enjoy more of what North Coast TAFE does best and what it has supported up and down the coast.

“Last week, Minister Barilaro was in the south of the institute turning the sod on a nursing upgrade at Taree; next week, he’ll be in the north opening our new multi-purpose automotive facility in Kingscliff. The modernisation is not just about the buildings – it’s about staying relevant for industry and communities. Most importantly, we will continue to introduce new and exciting courses.”

“If you look under the hood at any one of our campuses, you will find some really exciting programs underway. In Grafton this week, for instance, we launched a Certificate IV in digital gaming in response to the dynamic and exciting growth that industry is experiencing,”
Ms McGregor says that the digital economy provides opportunities for regional areas to deliver training that is responsive to both local and global industry needs, particularly once there’s a strong state-wide a collaborative platform for doing so.

“We have a strong network of people and delivery points which new technologies will help to be more efficient and effective, as the public would expect, and I feel confident that North Coast TAFE staff are ready to capitalise on the opportunities the recent announcements will present.”