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Economy to benefit from TAFE amalgamation

EDUCATION in Gympie is about to receive a boost, with Wide Bay TAFE and Sunshine Coast TAFE announcing plans to amalgamate.

Wide Bay director Nigel Hill was enthusiastic about the change, saying the local economy would benefit.

"At Wide Bay TAFE, we are striving to improve outcomes for our students and providing real skills, so they can confidently enter the workforce when they've finished their studies," he said.

The amalgamation is a result of the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce report, which identified the need for future training to be responsive to industry demands and the Queensland economy.

"The amalgamation means we can harness the benefits of each institute, to provide customised training and education," Mr Hill said.

"(This will prepare) our graduates for work in any industry - from Bundaberg to Caloundra."

The plan proposed amalgamation be finalised next year, with students receiving continued quality training across the region.

"Our students can still expect to receive outstanding services - just with a wider scope of delivery," Mr Hill said.

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