TAFE Western and Central NSW Councils (Centroc) are excited to announce a new partnership that will deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes for councils, communities, industries and organisations in western NSW.
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter joined Centroc chairman Cr Bill West, Mayor of Cowra, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Orange on Friday.
“We’re really excited to be working with Centroc and this MOU confirms our commitment to work together to target and improve a number of common priorities and challenges identified in our respective strategic plans,” Ms Baxter said.
“We hope that this MOU will streamline the governance process, reduce duplication by both organisations while at the same time focusing on strengthening the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the communities we both operate in.”
Mr West added, “The education sector in this region is experiencing many challenges. We want to be part of the knowledge economy internationally while ensuring we have the training, trainers and training infrastructure to meet the needs of our changing economy.”
“The Centroc Board supports the delivery of TAFE services in our regional communities. We want more training in our towns and less travel to Sydney. We want to optimise the use of NBN as it rolls out across our region and grow our own skills, particularly for white collar workers.
“TAFE is an important part of the increasingly complex education offering and we need to ensure that we are working collaboratively to optimise training in our communities.”
TAFE Western will provide training and education where possible to support Centroc in a number of key target areas including:
Business and Regional Development;
Ms Baxter confirmed the MOU was effective immediately and is ongoing for a period of five years, with its effectiveness to be reviewed annually.