Tweed Valley Skills Centre Offers Fresh Start for Locals

The new Tweed Valley Skills Centre is an exciting joint project between Health Infrastructure, Northern NSW Local Health District and TAFE NSW.

The Skills Centre is the first of many initiatives to benefit from the location of the new hospital site adjacent to the TAFE NSW Kingscliff campus. It will play a key role in providing education, training and employment opportunities for local staff, students and the community long into the future.

The Skills Centre will include the construction of a Prototype and Simulation Suite, which will replicate the design specifications of the new Tweed Valley Hospital. This will be used to confirm the detailed design of key clinical spaces and will be an ideal orientation and training space for our health workforce.

In the longer term, this facility will be operated by TAFE NSW as a low-fidelity simulation space for health education and other training programs, including Enrolled Nurse and Assistant in Nursing qualifications.

The second component of the Skills Centre is a Skills and Employment Hub. This initiative will help to further develop and connect the local workforce with employment, apprenticeships and other training opportunities on the Tweed Valley Hospital project, along with providing support in developing local business capability to tender for subcontract work packages and supply contracts.

The Hub will provide a drop-in facility for community and local industry; information on training and careers in the construction industry, jobs on the Hospital project, and support in developing business capability and tendering for subcontract work packages and supply contracts. It will also enable shared industry and TAFE NSW development and delivery of training programs.

The long-term vision of initiatives like this is to offer a fresh start for many locals, providing supportive pathways into skilled jobs and recognised qualifications, while helping to deliver the hospital project which will be of significant and lasting benefit to the community.

The Tweed Valley Skills Centre is expected to open in late 2019.

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