Trade training on the Gold Coast will benefit from a Palaszczuk Government investment of $1.5 million to redevelop the Commonwealth Games Corporation’s head office into a home for industry-grade electrical training.
Announcing the revitalisation project at TAFE Queensland’s Ashmore campus today, Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the stage one development would also include a $500,000 upgrade to the carpentry and wet-trades training areas.
“Stage two will continue in 2019–20 and the completed project will reaffirm the campus as TAFE Queensland’s leading trade training presence in the region,” Ms Fentiman said.
“The Ashmore campus is in a strategically important location to support the trade training needs of the entire Gold Coast region.
“The state budget funding will allow for the transformation of the Commonwealth Games’ office into a purpose-built facility for electrical training delivery and improve the flexibility of existing classrooms.”
Ms Fentiman said the campus would benefit from the upgrades by the Commonwealth Games Corporation.
“The redevelopment will increase student capacity and competitiveness and will ensure the courses attract increasing numbers of students and industry partnerships,” she said.
The current cohort of 1,600 electro technology, air-conditioning and refrigeration students and future students will benefit from the modernisation project.
“Student capacity is expected to grow by 200 in the first year, attracting more students to study in skills in demand areas,” Ms Fentiman said.
“The new facilities will allow the campus to offer extra night and weekend classes, expand online training and increase flexibility in delivery and hours of study.
“Ashmore students will have access to cutting-edge technology and larger, more practical training spaces.”
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said that design work for the $2 million stage one redevelopment would begin early in the new financial year and the work was scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2019.
“It’s very exciting for our Ashmore campus students and it’s all part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment of up to$85 million for three years across TAFE Queensland campuses,” Ms Scanlon said.
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