Labor commits funding for new high-tech TAFE campus in QLD

The federal Labor opposition has committed helping deliver a $40 million SkillsTech TAFE campus at North Lakes in Queensland.

The Queensland government has welcomed the sign of support. State training and skills minister Shannon Fentiman said the $40 million trades training centre at TAFE North Lakes would provide industry-standard skills for the electrotechnology, construction, engineering and automotive industries.

“Federal Labor has committed to more than $45 million to build and renew TAFE facilitates across Queensland,” Fentiman said.

“We know that there is a growing demand for more skilled workers and this new Northside SkillsTech will encourage more locals to take up an apprenticeship for a bright future.”

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said TAFE was focussed on the need to expand training opportunities in the Brisbane North region and would be supportive of the opening a new trade training facility in the growth area of North Lakes.

“I’m very pleased that TAFE Queensland are seeking to support the training needs of industries in our local community,” Whiting said.

Interest in Construction, Engineering, Furnishing and Utilities significantly increased between 2015-16 to 2017-18 and Automotive has maintained high enrolments.

The SkillsTech TAFE campus will have a student capacity of 3,300 and will create 65 teaching and support jobs, with a further 150 jobs throughout the construction stage.