TAFE NSW joins universities to train for science and tech jobs

11 June 2021

The Aerotropolis Multiversity involves the University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney, the University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University and TAFE NSW. It will support the Aerotropolis which will surround the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, currently under construction. Over the coming decades, the Aerotropolis will become a thriving community for Western Sydney, delivering new jobs, homes, infrastructure and services for people in the region.

By harnessing the opportunities generated by Sydney’s first 24/7 international airport, the Aerotropolis will become Australia’s next global gateway attracting new and emerging industries; such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defence, high-tech freight and logistics.

Critical to the success of the Aerotropolis development will be ensuring that local education systems have the capability to provide the skilled workers the future workforce will require, responding effectively to industry and continuous technological change.

The Multiversity program has been developed with industry and differs from traditional educational offerings in how it brings together disciplinary and knowledge-based education with industry-relevant skills at all levels of the AQF.

The Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Steffen Faurby said the collaboration between TAFE NSW and the consortium of universities responds directly to the growing demand for digital engineering apprenticeships incorporating technology such as cyber-physical systems and additive manufacturing.“Graduates with these skills are in demand for smart farming, mining, aerospace, defence manufacturing, robotics and food manufacturing industries,” he said.

Students can tailor training to meet individual and industry needs and on completion of one of eight short undergraduate certificates or the new Diploma in Aerotropolis Industry 4.0 (Mechatronics Skills), will receive advanced standing into higher level courses at the participating universities.

Enrolments are open for semester 2, 2021.

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Artist's impression of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis which will house the Multiversity