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NSW is set for a construction skills boom with the unveiling of 11 fully subsidised courses at the new Institute of Applied Technology – Construction in Penrith.

The Institute, located at Kingswood, is a partnership between TAFE NSW, leading construction company CPB Contractors, and Western Sydney University to co-design and co-deliver construction skills training. 

Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said the Institute, which will open in the second half of 2023, is now taking enrolments to rapidly upskill existing construction workers in areas of high demand, including project management, leadership, and digital construction. 

This new, innovative education model combines the expertise of industry, vocational, and higher education to deliver the future-focused skills we need to meet the state’s infrastructure pipeline and the growing needs of the NSW economy,” Stuart Ayres said.

“These fully subsidised courses provide students with the real-world practical training and digital skills needed to work on major infrastructure projects in New South Wales, future-proofing our construction workforce.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the construction workforce is expected to grow by another 66,000 workers by 2026, including over 11,000 construction managers. 

“Learners can stack multiple microcredentials, which can be used to turbocharge their careers and create the next generation of construction industry leaders,” said Mr Henskens.

“These new courses ensure students are highly skilled, ready to take on roles as construction and project managers with specialist skills that include contract administration, frontline leadership, building information modelling, and digital skills.”

To meet this increasing industry demand, the Institute will offer a combination of flexible microskills and microcredentials to make it easier for workers to get the job-specific skills they need.   

To explore the exciting range of microskills and microcredentials at the Institute of Applied Technology – Construction, visit


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