Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Aged care training hub opens

TasTAFE students are set to be better equipped for the workforce and trained to the latest industry standards following the opening of a state-of-the-art nursing, aged care and disability hub at the Alanvale campus.

Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff said the facilities were part of a $4 million campus upgrade and included simulated hospital wards, aged care and disability spaces, along with a nurse’s station, task training rooms, classrooms and tech labs.

“These replica real work facilities provide students with job-ready skills and experiences before entering the workforce, and the opportunity to train on the latest equipment,” said Mr Rockliff.

He said nursing, aged care and disability were some of TasTAFE’s most popular courses, with around 90% of graduates in these areas gaining employment at the completion of their training.

“The move from the outdated, inner-city site will enable TasTAFE to increase its intake of enrolled nurses by another full group with an additional 30 nurses trained and ready for work in Tasmania,” said Mr Rockliff.

“It will also see more students studying to be aged care and disability workers, meeting the needs of the growing health care sector.”

The facility was designed and built by Tasmanian companies ARTAS and VOS Construction.

Work on the next stage of the Alanvale redevelopment, including an expanded library/learning hub for students, a new student lounge and classroom upgrades is set to begin later this year.

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