Armidale to be home of new TAFE Digital headquarters

Managing Director TAFE NSW John Black, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, General Manager TAFE Digital Megan Aitkin, Head of Education TAFE NSW Lyn Rickard and Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Skills.
Managing Director TAFE NSW John Black, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, General Manager TAFE Digital Megan Aitkin, Head of Education TAFE NSW Lyn Rickard and Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Skills.

UP to 40 jobs will be created when a digital hub opens in Armidale next year.

Armidale beat Tamworth and four other regional cities to become the state’s new TAFE Digital headquarters.

Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader, John Barilaro, announced during a visit to the region on Tuesday the state-of-the-art facility would open in April.

“The amount of students taking up online learning with TAFE NSW continues to increase and we are focusing our resources on meeting the demands of students across the state,” said Mr Barilaro.

The announcement is part of a “one-in-a-generation” change to TAFE’s structure, with Mr Barilaro labeling the organisation as “top heavy”.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has pushed the government to locate the digital campus in Armidale.

“TAFE NSW Digital will put Armidale on the map as a leader in innovative education, nationally,” he said.

“Armidale will become a central edu-tech hub with streamlined course content for students, innovative and compatible opportunities for local Industries, and local partnerships with businesses in the region.

“TAFE Digital will develop digital content which will be shared throughout TAFE NSW, and is a vital regional initiative for Armidale and the New England area, creating up to 40 local jobs.”

Megan Aitken has been appointed General Manager of the new facility. The government has said job losses would be part of the overhaul. Mr Barilaro could not rule out closing other campuses in the region.

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