Launch for Cairns Manufacturing Hub
Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the new facility at TAFE Queensland’s Cairns Campus was one of three hubs being established in regional Queensland through a $30 million, three-year Queensland Government investment.
“The opening of the Cairns Manufacturing Hub continues our delivery of facilities and services that will strengthen and grow regional manufacturing, skills and jobs,” Mr Dick said.
Mr Dick said the Cairns manufacturing sector contributed $787 million to the Queensland economy in 2017-18 and employed 6300 people locally (as at September quarter 2019).
“The Cairns Manufacturing Hub will initially focus on growing the marine, aviation and food production sectors, and it’s already delivering results,” he said.
Key achievements include:
“We have consulted with employers, workers, unions and the education and training sector to create a plan to develop the manufacturers, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow,” Mr Dick said.
Ms Fentiman said TAFE Cairns will be the hub of training and development in the far north region, with construction to start early next year on the $15 million works to upgrade facilities.
“This significant investment, along with the new manufacturing hub and Skills Implementation Plan, is all part of our long-term plan to ensure we have the skilled workforce for the jobs now and into the future,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We want all Queenslanders to have access to world-class training facilities.”
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