The State Government has announced a $1.5 million investment to redevelop the Commonwealth Games Corporation’s head office into a home for industry-grade electrical training on the Gold Coast.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman made the exciting announcement at TAFE Queensland’s Ashmore campus on Wednesday.
During the announcement, Ms Fentiman also revealed that the stage one development would also include a $500,000 upgrade to the carpentry and wet-trades training areas.
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“That’s $2 million to put this campus on the map 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 and it’s important that our campuses support our drive to attract more apprentices and trainees, and develop more skilled workers.”
It’s understood the redevelopment will increase student capacity and competitiveness.
“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.”
Design work for the $2 million stage one redevelopment is scheduled to begin early in the new financial year with the project to be completed by 30 June 2019.