Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

22 July 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Funding for Electro trades expansion

The Tasmanian Government welcomes a $7 million investment from the Morrison Government for TasTAFE’s new Trades and Water Centre of Excellence at Clarence campus.

This brings the total investment for the Centre of Excellence to $21 million, with the Tasmanian Government providing $14 million towards the state-of-the-art facility.

The Centre of Excellence footprint will now as a result be increased by over 50% and include electrotechnology training which will move from the current TasTAFE site at Campbell Street. The site will bring together building and construction, plumbing and water, refrigeration and air conditioning and smart buildings technologies, along with access to upskilling in renewables and hydrogen technologies.

There are currently more than 500 electrotechnology apprentices at TasTAFE and the new site at Clarence will expand capacity and see more tradies trained in this key industry and in state of the art facilities.

TasTAFE are working closely with peak bodies to develop the Centre of Excellence with strong industry input in how training is delivered.

The Trade and Water Centre of Excellence is a  key part of our plan for TAFE and demonstrates our commitment to invest in modern facilities, with more classrooms, more laboratories, and the latest equipment.

Along with the recent announcement of $21 million in low or no cost training, the Federal and State Governments are supporting the skills pipeline Tasmania needs as we work through COVID-19 recovery.

Construction on the CoE will commence later this year.

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