TAFE Boasts New Outdoor Learning Space For Tradies

Apprentice construction tradies at TAFE NSW now have covered outdoor learning areas, allowing them to take practical lessons rain, hail or shine.

NSW Treasurer and Hornsby MP Matt Kean said the construction of 16 new trades facilities statewide was a part of the NSW Government’s record investment in TAFE NSW, which has delivered more than $790 million in capital upgrades since 2020-21.

Minister Kean and Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens officially opened one of the outdoor structures at Hornsby TAFE in August.

“With demand for carpenters in NSW expected to increase by almost 9 per cent over the next five years, this investment in TAFE NSW is critical for ensuring apprentice tradies can complete their training regardless of the weather,” Mr Kean said.

“The NSW Government’s investment in TAFE NSW is improving facilities, upgrading teaching equipment and creating modern learning spaces, such as our revolutionary new Institutes of Applied Technology at Meadowbank and Kingswood,” he said.

“These new facilities will significantly increase TAFE’s capacity to train tradies which will help grow our economy and secure a brighter future for local people.”

“It’s also great to see the number of women in NSW undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships also continues to surge with a 21 per cent increase in 2021 compared with the previous year,” he said. Details are available at