A new specialist TAFE NSW facility at Dubbo will engage with both local and state-wide businesses as it seeks to advance training delivery in supply chain logistics, the boss of the organisation says.
TAFE NSW managing director Jon Black touted the SkillsPoint as a new way of forming connections with industry that would ensure “consistent, high-quality training” for the entire state.
The Narromine-raised man returned to his old territory for the unveiling of the SkillsPoint at the Myall Street campus on May 21, one of nine being rolled out across NSW.
Mr Black said there would be a two-way flow between the SkillsPoint and industry.
“If they’re not happy that the course content, whether it’s a national training package or otherwise, is they can come to us…” he said.
“Now it’s important we look at not just peak representative bodies of industry, but actually businesses that are operating and they might be local businesses, or they might be state-wide businesses.
“We need to be able to respond to all.”
Mr Black said the facility would work across the whole supply chain, from road, to rail to shipping.
He reported there were representatives of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority at the unveiling of the facility, “because we do important maritime training”.
The SkillsPoints were were to focus on the future.
“So TAFE as part of our modernisation journey needs to look at what courses are required in the future,” Mr Black said.
“Retailing is changing, but how do we support students in learning so they are ready for success in work.
“And that’s the whole concept behind these headquarters SkillsPoints.”
If you have them [SkillsPoints] located where students are every day, where teachers are every day, where industry is every day, your going to get a much better connection in my view.TAFE NSW managing director Jon Black
Seven of the 14 staff for the SkillsPoint at Dubbo have been recruited and inducted at the centre, Mr Black reported.
In the coming weeks the other seven positions would be filled, he said.
The TAFE boss contested it made sense to have the SkillsPoint at Dubbo, a “logistics hub”.
“...If you have them [SkillsPoints] located where students are every day, where teachers are every day, where industry is every day, your going to get a much better connection in my view,” he said.
“So I was very, very keen to make sure we could get them out of Sydney to where industry is, to where students are, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Having been to school in Narromine and Trangie, it was “great to be back” for the day, he said.