SKILL UP: Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke inspects plans for Narrandera TAFE’s new Connected Learning Centre on campus along with, from left, Sara Morley, Relieving Deputy Regional General Manager TAFE NSW; Josie Marks, TAFE Services Co-ordinator for Narrandera Campus; Mayor of Narrandera Shire Neville Kschenka; and Maurice Wood, site manager for Joss Constructions.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today revealed Narrandera students can get a taste of trades as part of a range of new, high-demand courses to be offered at the state-of-the-art TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre.

“When it opens later this year, I can now confirm Trade Essentials will be among the new courses available through the Connected Learning Centre at Narrandera,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m particularly excited because this is the first time pathways into building, construction and other trades have been offered to students locally here.

“Previously local students needed to travel to larger TAFE campuses to get their foot in the door for a career in the trades. Completing Trade Essentials with TAFE NSW means students will be apprenticeship-ready and on the pathway to a rewarding careers in the trades.

“The NSW Government’s record investment in infrastructure is driving strong demand for new apprentices across the state. This is just another example of how CLCs will offer the most in-demand courses linked to job outcomes,” she added.

“I can’t wait to find out what other new courses will be available when the Narrandera CLC course profile is finalised late next month.”

Ms Cooke made the announcement while visiting the site of the future Narrandera CLC to inspect progress on its construction.

“I am delighted the NSW Government is strongly focused on expanding training opportunities locally through this multi-million dollar investment in Narrandera,” Ms Cooke said.

“Visiting the site made it clear just how much progress is being made. I’m told the new facility is being delivered on schedule and is now 50 per cent complete.