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Aerotropolis to help close skills gap

The NSW Government is a step closer to rolling out a new model of tertiary education in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis in a bid to close skills gaps and deliver on its commitment of 200,000 jobs across the Western Parkland City.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the Western Parkland City Authority is fast tracking a business case for the New Education and Training Model, which incorporates world's best practice in industry led education and training.

"This new model comes off the back of feedback from our industry partners who are keen to invest in growing their businesses in the Aerotropolis and need a jobs ready, highly skilled local workforce," Mr Ayres said.

"Industry has told us there are too many lengthy post-school education courses that don't teach practical job-ready skills, and not enough high-quality short courses that help workers to upskill.

"We have been working alongside industry and education stakeholders to address this and have developed a new model which will meet the Aerotropolis' specific skill needs through micro-credentials that workers can easily access and complete."

The Business Case will outline the best way to undertake trials of the new model that will be rolled out across the Western Parkland City, which will need thousands of skilled workers in advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence in the coming years.

"We believe the Aerotropolis is the perfect place to trial this new model which could revolutionise education and training and increase lifelong learning in Australia," Mr Ayres said.

"The tertiary sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and this new model is one way we can help get them back on their feet during the economic recovery."

The New Education and Training Model would be delivered by the Western Parkland City Authority and the Aerotropolis' foundation partners.

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