More than $1.17 million in construction projects are planned for regional TAFE campuses in a Queensland COVID-19 recovery plan.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the upgrades to campuses in Bohle, Burdekin, Bowen and Cannonvale highlighted the important role skills and training would play.
They are part of the second stage of the Government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.
“Our recovery plan for Queensland is all about creating jobs and investing in future proofing infrastructure so we have the skills for more jobs in more industries,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Ensuring we have the skilled workforce Queensland needs for the jobs now and into the future will help our state continue to move on from the pandemic.”
Campus upgrades include:
- Bohle TAFE (Townsville) is getting a new $375,000 Maker Space Innovation Hub to provide education and training areas in advancing technology.
- Bowen TAFE will receive $200,000 to establish a student-industry collaborative learning centre to support community and healthcare training and high-end manufacturing activities.
- Burdekin TAFE will see a new $350,000 student-industry collaborative learning centre to support community services and early childhood education and training to ensure provision of high standard personal care services.
- Cannonvale TAFE will build a $250,000 student-industry collaborative learning centre to support major tourism and community and heath care training and high-end manufacturing activities.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the new Maker Space Innovation hub would be a game changer for local students.
“This hub will provide a space that encourages our young students to embrace innovative digital technologies and that fosters entrepreneurial activities,” Mr Stewart said.
Training and Skills Development Minister Shannon Fentiman said the government’s free apprenticeships for under 21s initiative had already supported more than 18,000 young Queenslanders to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship for free.
“This is a fantastic result and we are ahead of our goal of supporting 60,000 Queensland free apprentices by 2023,” she said.
“Now more than ever we want Queenslanders to be able to gain a valuable qualification and build a career in the industries where we know there will be jobs.”