TAFE Western will officially unveil its newest training facility, ‘Cadia Cottage’, donated by Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations, this Wednesday, 24 April 2013.
The purpose built cottage was designed to provide a safe and practical training environment for electrical apprentices across the Central West.
Cadia Valley Operations (CVO) approached TAFE Western in 2011 to construct a training facility that would assist its electrical apprentices in gaining essential skills and experience in general/domestic electrical coursework, as their current work environment did not provide this opportunity.
CVO General Manager, Mr Tony McPaul, said that CVO and TAFE worked closely to develop a solution that would mutually benefit both parties, forming the idea to construct a building to simulate a real life domestic electrical environment.
Cadia Cottage will allow our electrical apprentices to gain practical, hands-on experience in an environment outside the mining operations,” Mr McPaul said.
It provides a platform for apprentices to gain more diverse skills which better equip them for their careers in the future. It also provides a safe, practical environment to learn their trade under the close guidance of highly skilled TAFE trainers while meeting their statutory licence requirements.
Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said TAFE Western is proud to have equipment and infrastructure such as this residential electrical training facility to give students the very best opportunities.
"Having the opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on environment will allow our electrical students to become work ready upon completion of the training.
"TAFE Western is committed to working collaboratively with industry to develop a skill base that meets the current and future needs of NSW businesses.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge Cadia Valley Operations for this very generous donation. We value our partnership with Cadia and look forward to continuing to work together to provide the best possible training for apprentices in western NSW."
Cadia Cottage is a building constructed to replicate the electrical component of a domestic house. It features a classroom for theory based learning and the ‘skeleton’ of a house, complete with a kitchen and electrical wiring which provides a practical, safe environment to gain skills in domestic electrical work – an essential part of the Electrical trade coursework through TAFE.
Cadia Cottage has already received positive reviews from students who have commenced classes in the new facility.