TAFE campuses in Bowen and Cannonvale are set to receive a huge financial boost from the Queensland Government, offering a “major step forward for the community”.
Bohle, Burdekin Bowen and Cannonvale TAFE campuses are all set to receive more than $1.17 million in construction projects combined that will revitalise regional campuses to boost skills and jobs under the COVID-19 recovery plan.
The upgrades come as part of the second stage of the government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan, with Bowen TAFE receiving $200,000 to establish a student-industry collaborative learning centre to support community and healthcare training and high-end manufacturing activities.
Cannonvale TAFE will build a $250,000 student-industry collaborative learning centre to support major tourism and community and healthcare training and high-end manufacturing activities.
Bowen Chamber of Commerce chairman Bruce Hedditch has been advocating for upgrades for the Bowen campus for several years, and said bringing further opportunities for skill development and youth education was a “major step forward”.
“The advice by the Queensland Government that they are proceeding to create a student industry collaborative learning centre at the Bowen TAFE costing $200,000 is a real injection of confidence for our community and especially for students wishing to embark upon further education,” he said.
“The funds will permit healthcare learning and high-end manufacturing activities to be created for industries and is very pleasing for the Bowen Chamber who have been advocating for some time the need to improve the Bowen TAFE campus.”
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick attended a Bowen Chamber of Commerce meeting last week, with Mr Hedditch saying he “was very conscious of the needs to ensure Bowen had a strong TAFE Campus”.
“At the Bowen Chamber of Commerce meeting last week with the Hon. Cameron Dick MP, Queensland Treasurer, the chamber indicated our concerns at the apparent demise of Bowen TAFE as a learning centre but this decision is great encouragement for the Bowen TAFE to become a central figure in trade training,” he said.
“The decision is a major step forward for Bowen.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding aimed to highlight important role that skills and training will play in the state’s economic recovery.
“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.”
Cannonvale TAFE campus currently has 107 people undertaking free apprenticeships and courses, with their most popular course options being Certificate III in Early Childhood Education, Certificate III in Engineering Pathways, Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, Certificate II and III in Tourism and Certificate II and III in Commercial Cookery
Bowen TAFE campus currently have 13 people undertaking free apprenticeships and courses, with their most popular course options being Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
Certificate II in Electrotechnology, Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate II and III in Horticulture.
In the Whitsunday Regional Council region the total number of people undertaking free apprenticeships or courses is 184.