TAFE NSW Dubbo's two campuses are getting more than $600,000 worth of new equipment to ensure students are ready and able to take up available jobs after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced the funding.
It's part of a $100 million investment in TAFE by the state government.
TAFE NSW Dubbo teachers identified the equipment they needed to best train students to work in industries such as agriculture, hospitality, construction and manufacturing.
The $600,000 will pay for an array of new equipment including a beverage chiller and other hospitality equipment valued at more than $140,000, and a plug-in electric vehicle with charger and tools costing $60,000.
More than $27,000 will be spent on construction equipment and more than $18,000 on an industry-leading wool press.
The TAFE NSW Dubbo Rural Skills Centre will also get five new shearing plants.
"Before this outbreak started we know many of our restaurants and cafes were struggling to find staff while the housing shortage means we are set for a construction boom," Mr Saunders said.
"We also know there are concerns around labour shortages in the agricultural sector including shearing and wool-handling.
"That's why the NSW government has invested in new equipment, to ensure that when we do emerge from this pandemic, workers and businesses in our region have the skills they need to thrive."
For more information about studying at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
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