The NSW Government will fast-track delivery of the State’s first technology-focused TAFE NSW campus by 12 months with thousands of students expected to benefit.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is investing in a world-class education precinct at Meadowbank.

“I am proud to announce the delivery of the new digital technology hub at TAFE NSW Meadowbank will be accelerated by 12 months to match the construction schedule of the two new schools,” Mr Lee said. “This means a new primary school, a new high school and new TAFE NSW facilities will all be delivered at the same time.”

Mr Lee said technology was at the forefront of the revitalised TAFE site, transforming training delivery to be more digitally interactive and industry focussed.

“The new industry-standard training facilities will enhance the capacity of TAFE NSW to deliver technology-focused, specialist training in emerging ICT areas such as cyber-security.

“The new state-of-the-art facilities will equip students with the job-ready skills employers are calling for – with industry collaboration and a digital focus embedded into the design.”

Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said fast-tracking the project and aligning construction timelines was great news for the Ryde community.

“Australia’s Silicon Valley is in our own backyard so it makes sense to have a technology-focused TAFE in Meadowbank,” Mr Dominello said.

“Ryde is being transformed into an education and employment powerhouse and this new TAFE will prepare students for the jobs of the future.”

TAFE NSW will lodge a State Significant Development Application for the Multi-Trades and Digital Technology Hub in mid-October following consultation. The new TAFE NSW facilities are scheduled to be open alongside the school in 2022.