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Grafton TAFE students graduate “job-ready” for Pacific Highway construction



A large group of 50 students has just graduated from an innovative course which will help them secure jobs in the massive local Pacific Highway upgrade, according to Clarence MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis.
“This is a formidable collaboration between TAFE, All Excavations Training, Roads and Maritime Services, the highway construction companies and the Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The students have spent the last 12 weeks in training with the first five weeks at Grafton TAFE and the remainder at the All Excavations Training Centre at the Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council property at Lanitza.”
“It is all about ensuring we can leverage as many new local jobs, especially for young people, from the NSW Government’s massive North Coast infrastructure investment, including the Pacific Highway upgrade and the new Grafton bridge.”
“It is great to see so many students with Aboriginal backgrounds among today’s success story.”
Mr Gulaptis said the new course marked an important change for vocational education and training: by working with business and others, TAFE wasn’t just providing education for students, it was making them ready for genuine well-paid jobs.
“I congratulate the graduating students of course but also all the organisations involved, especially North Coast TAFE, which is the leading VET provider in our region,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“I would particularly like to salute Julie Board and Andy Irvine from TAFE, Jeff Green who manages All Excavations Training and Simone Nelson of the Aboriginal Learning Circle.”