Scot MacDonald
19th Apr 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced the establishment of a TAFE Teacher Recruitment Taskforce, which will deliver 16 new teachers across five campuses in the Hunter;

Kurri Kurri Campus  2

Maitland Campus     2

Newcastle Campus 6

Belmont Campus     2

Glendale Campus    4

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the new teachers would strengthen TAFE NSW and enable it to cater for increased enrolment demand in skilled trade qualifications.

“TAFE NSW is experiencing strong enrolment demand for Government-funded trade apprenticeships with data revealing a 19 per cent increase in enrolments for electricians and an 11 per cent increase for carpenters and plumbers compared to this time last year,” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government’s reforms to NSW TAFE are all about funnelling resources into frontline teaching while reducing back office duplication, and this announcement shows these efforts are paying off.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the new frontline teaching staff showed the NSW Government was backing TAFE in the Hunter.

“These new teachers are a huge win for the Hunter and will deliver education and training support to our local students to help them upskill or get a new job,” Mr MacDonald said.

“TAFE is modernizing and responding to new technologies and the transforming economy of the Hunter under the leadership of the Berejiklian government”.

“This investment in TAFE teachers will open up new opportunities for students and improve access to the world class teaching and skills training TAFE is renowned for.

The Recruitment Taskforce will oversee the planned recruitment of 253 new TAFE teaching staff over the next 12 months across NSW.