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Skills hubs vital link between vocational training and business

The NSW Business Chamber says TAFE NSW’s ‘SkillsPoints’ initiative will bring the public provider closer to business and help build the dynamic workforce of the future.

“The NSW Business Chamber strongly supports a high quality, future-proof vocational education and training sector,” said NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Cartwright.

“The SkillsPoints initiative will bring TAFE NSW much closer to business, an outcome we can only applaud,” Mr Cartwright said.

“The surest way of building an education system that works is to listen to industry—after all, employers understand the skills and knowledge they need from their staff.

“The industry aligned ‘hubs’ will mean students receive training that is tailored and directly relevant to their workplace.

“TAFE NSW students should also be able to expect their training will result in positive job outcomes.

“It’s pointless to publicly fund courses that don’t lead to real job outcomes at their conclusion—TAFE NSW is a vocational training provider tasked with equipping students to enter the workforce.

“SkillsPoints focus on future skills will help students develop the capabilities needed to meet the changing demands of the modern workplace and have a satisfying career.

“We were excited to hear the first hub in the Hunter will focus on the areas of innovative manufacturing, robotics, and science—skills that will be highly in demand due to automation and the growth of digital sectors.

“The Chamber looks forward to hearing more about the timeline for implementing the remaining seven hubs, which will be an opportunity to bring new energy and skills to revitalise the industries in those regions.

“The NSW Government is to be congratulated for placing the various hubs right across NSW—not only in Sydney, but in the Hunter, South East, Murray-Riverina, New England, Mid North Coast, and Central West.

“The SkillsPoint initiative is another building block toward a stronger TAFE and can only benefit the NSW economy, employers, students, and local communities,” Mr Cartwright said.

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