"IEA College of TAFE Opens new Industry Training Room"
On Wednesday 6th February, the keys were handed over to IEA TAFE for its magnificent new Industry Training Room. The Contractor was Sedikam Real Estate and construction was completed in just 42 days, within budget, and well inside the quotation of 76 days. At a ceremony including all TAFE staff and Directors from Head Office, Manager Phil Oakley outlined the purposes of the new room.
Although it will always serve as a back-up class-room, the large 60 seater room will serve as an 'Industry Training Room', accommodating industry clients for TAFE's Management and HR programs. The room is built with the environment in mind, with louvers on both sides alleviating the need for air-conditioning in the cooler months. Next term landscaping will occur below the new room to provide all weather shaded seating and tables for students, complete with power-points for their laptops.
TAFE will also be pioneering 'Webinar' internet usage, using Adobe Connect to enable training delivery to be linked between (initially) Ela Beach and Mt Hagen, and then progressed into other campuses. This will also enable TAFE Trainers to undertake Professional Development from our TAFE partners in Melbourne and Cairns, alleviating some of the expensive travel costs associated in the maintaining of currency for the TAFE Trainers.
The room is also available for hire to outside organisations. Combined with TAFE's quality restaurant catering services this can be a very attractive package for industry clients.