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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


The NSW Government will invest $5 million in new facilities at TAFE NSW Muswellbrook to bolster skills training aligned to industry demand in the Upper Hunter.

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the funding will increase TAFE NSW Muswellbrook’s capacity to deliver critical skills training, through the construction of a new early childhood education facility, library, student administration building, and state-of-the-art welding equipment.

“TAFE NSW Muswellbrook plays a vital role in supporting the Hunter economy by equipping students with the skills employers need now, and into the future,” Mr Layzell said.

“With the local construction and childcare industries expected to grow over the next three years, this investment ensures we’re providing more opportunities for locals to access training aligned to in-demand jobs.

“This latest investment comes as construction gets underway on TAFE NSW Muswellbrook’s new hair and beauty and business training facility.
“The expansion of Muswellbrook campus positions TAFE NSW to serve the growing population and train the skilled workers Australia’s leading regional economy needs.”

Mr Layzell said new early childhood education training facility will support a future childcare workforce, while new welding equipment will enhance delivery of engineering and manufacturing courses aligned to Hunter mining jobs.

“This investment demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting regional students and industries with high-quality skills training,” Mr Layzell said.

The new facilities will allow TAFE NSW Muswellbrook to expand delivery of courses such as the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking), and many more.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government is leading the nation in supporting people to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, which is helping grow the economy, securing a brighter future for the people of NSW.

“TAFE NSW trains 45 per cent of government funded TAFE students in Australia. It is the nation’s largest and best training provider, and we have invested record funding in TAFE NSW to ensure it continues to deliver a pipeline of skilled and job-ready workers,” Mr Henskens said.

“Our record skills budget is delivering more fee-free training which is helping people find in-demand jobs and contributing to NSW’s low unemployment rate.”

PICTURE CAPTION: Dave Layzell at the Muswellbrook TAFE worksite.

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