'New partnership will help to future-proof our workforce'

TAFE students Nick Gill and Luke Scully with Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons , Office of the Building Commissioner staff and TAFE NSW staff.
TAFE students Nick Gill and Luke Scully with Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons , Office of the Building Commissioner staff and TAFE NSW staff.

Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Kevin Anderson said the new partnership between the Office of the Building Commissioner and TAFE NSW will help "future-proof" the workforce.

Mr Anderson joined Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Geoff Lee and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons at Miller TAFE on Friday to announce the partnership which will create a state-of-the-art digital training platform.

TAFE NSW has built an online learning platform to deliver up to 18 courses by next year that will provide targeted training and bolster core construction capabilities to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing sector.

"The NSW Government is delivering a once in a generation transformation of the NSW building industry and the current crop of construction practitioners will critical as we lift standards in the industry," Mr Anderson said.

"They need new skills and capabilities to be part of the digitisation that is underway or they will be left behind.

"This new partnership will help to future-proof our workforce, drive continued growth and productivity and help NSW rebuild its way out of the COVID-19 induced recession."

Mr Lee said the construction sector, like many others, is evolving quickly.

"Having a learning platform that can be accessed anytime and anywhere by construction professionals is key to providing an agile response," he said.

"These new micro-credential courses will ensure industry is provided with an opportunity to receive revisionary training to boost standards as well as maintain strong safety and compliance."

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons said: "This is a move in the right direction for employers and construction professionals as the State delivers a vital pipeline of infrastructure and residential projects."