Welding, metal fabrication training gets $500,000 investment boost at TAFE NSW Griffith

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The welding and metal fabrication sector in Riverina, New South Wales, has received a boost with the completion of new upgrades to training facilities at TAFE NSW Griffith. 

The $500,000 worth of upgrades come amid strong demand for qualified metal fabricators and welders in the region, which was heightened by several major infrastructure projects, including the $250 million Griffith Base Hospital redevelopment. 

Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Steve Whan said the investment in engineering facilities, which includes new welders and a hydraulic press, will ensure that graduates continue to have the job-ready skills and experience to support local industry, economy, and the community. 

“Skilled engineers play a critical role in building the future of communities like Griffith, and it’s great to see TAFE NSW creating a pipeline of homegrown welders and metal fabricators,” Whan said.

TAFE NSW Griffith Head Teacher of Metal Fabrication and Welding Franc Prestia said Griffith’s manufacturing sector has supported around 3000 jobs while TAFE NSW engineering graduates were also highly sought after in the local agriculture and food processing industries. 

“We are in constant contact with local industry to ensure we meet their training needs,” Prestia said. “TAFE NSW Griffith has seen solid growth in engineering apprentice numbers in recent years, and the upgrade to our workshop will ensure we continue delivering the job-ready skills employers expect and deserve.”

Communities like Griffith are set to benefit from the landmark National Skills Agreement signed by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government, with the agreement providing up to $3.81 billion in funding for NSW to help expand access to skills training in communities across the state.