TAFE launches plan for regional South Australia

REVIEW: The TAFE campus at Victor Harbor. Photo: File
REVIEW: The TAFE campus at Victor Harbor. Photo: File

A focus on responding to the needs of local communities, increased availability of courses, and improving access for students is part of TAFE SA's new regional plan.

The organisation has announced it has launched a new regional plan for South Australia, with an aim to meet the education and training needs of regional communities and industries across the state.

The draft TAFE SA Regional Plan 2021-22 provides a framework for a new way of working with regional communities and industries, and as part of this are a new set of principles and goals to guide activity.

TAFE is seeking feedback to the plan from students, staff, industry, education providers, community groups and other stakeholders.

There are TAFE campuses in a number of towns in regional South Australia, including Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Port Pire, Whyalla and Ceduna.

TAFE SA chief executive officer David Coltman said accessibility to quality education had never been more important, with the plan outlining the organisation's commitment to regional SA.

"TAFE SA is committed to meeting the wide variety of education and training needs of local communities across the state and this new plan will guide this work into the future," he said.

"South Australian regions are unique and diverse in their needs and aspirations [and] we are proud to be connected with these regional communities as both an educator and an employer.

"We will grow these connections to ensure that high quality education and training is being delivered to meet local skills needs."

Mr Coltman said that over the past 18 months they had embraced accessibility challenges presented by COVID-19 and had transformed their delivery "at a pace we could never have imagined".

"It has also reinforced the need for a balance between face-to-face delivery, and the opportunity to improve access to vocational education and training through digitally enabled delivery," he said.

"It is fantastic that we have developed new partnerships and collaborations with other training providers, and with industry partners, community groups, schools, and universities to better serve our regional communities."

All interested stakeholders can visit the website to access the plan at tafesa.edu.au/about-tafesa/regional-plan.

A feedback submission form will be available until 5pm on Wednesday, October 20.

General enquiries about the plan can be made to RegionalEngagement@tafesa.edu.au.