The NSW Government today announced a $1.8 million investment at TAFE NSW Goulburn in the latest automotive and agricultural equipment, new classroom technology, and the installation of virtually-enabled teaching and learning spaces.

The Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the investment is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to increase access to training across the state.

“Over the last six months, more than $152,000 of new teaching equipment has been purchased for Goulburn-based students. This includes $60,000 for a Hyundai Kona electric car, along with $57,000 for a 25 tonne-loader to meet the post-lockdown automotive boom,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The new equipment means trainee mechanics in the Goulburn area will be well-equipped to service and repair hybrid and heavy vehicles upon graduating.

“Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular – with Australian sales more than doubling this year. Market breakthrough for electrically powered vehicles is inevitable, and this creates a need for technicians specifically trained in this technology. This new car means TAFE NSW Goulburn can train more students in the latest automotive technology to meet the growing demand,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“In addition to the new equipment, two new teaching and learning spaces, called Connected Learning Points, have been built at TAFE NSW Goulburn. The high-tech, modern facilities form part of the NSW Government’s state-wide $20 million initiative to build 200 virtual learning spaces across TAFE NSW campuses by May 2022.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said TAFE NSW is responding to students’ education and training needs in Goulburn and across the state.

“We want our regional students to have access to high-quality, hands-on practical training while also being able to tap into virtual skills development valued by employers, such as digital literacy, remote working, and problem-solving,” Mr Lee said.