On July 30th two important steps were taken in relation to vocational education and future employment opportunities for people at Wellington and central western NSW. The first meeting of the Wellington Learning Community Working Party was held and later in the day a Memorandum of Understanding between TAFE and Western College was signed.
Wellington Learning Community
The inaugural working party is made up by representatives of each educational sector, including local schools, TAFE Western College and Charles Sturt University as well as representatives from local industry, employment services and local government.
The following initiatives were set-out as the terms of reference for the Working Party:
TAFE and Western College sign Memorandum of Understanding
Following the meeting the Institute Director for TAFE NSW Western Institute, Adrian Mitchell and Chief Executive Officer of Western College took the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their two organisations.
Adrian Mitchell said that during 2008 TAFE NSW Western Institute has worked to establish agreements with Adult Community Education providers a throughout Central and Western NSW.
Mr Mitchell said, "Every step we make to improve opportunities for people to have better employment outcomes is important. The Wellington Learning Community will become a positive force in aligning education and training with development of the Wellington district."
"With regard to our Memorandum of Understanding with the Western College, we realise there are a number of areas where the two training organisations compliment each other, and there is potential for us to work together to help match people's skills with industry needs."
The meeting was attended by Mr Warren Grimshaw AM a Member, NSW TAFE Commission Board and Chair, ACE-TAFE Western Region Working Group which has been instrumental in progressing closer working relationships between Adult Community Education and TAFE.