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Construction starts on $40M Eagle Farm robotics school

WORK has started on the $40 million Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Eagle Farm TAFE in Queensland.

Staff Reporter

The facility, which should be ready in late 2024, will include specialised robotics, hydrogen, renewable energy and electrotechnology workshops, digital labs, learning areas, and staff and student amenities.

The RAMC is funded under the Queensland government's Equipping TAFE for Our Future program, which is refurbishing TAFE infrastructure to deliver training in emerging and growth industries.

The centre is designed to train and upskill Queensland workers to embrace automation and Industry 4.0.

Queensland training and skills development minister Di Farmer said the Eagle Farm TAFE specialised in trade-related courses such as automation, instrumentation and control, renewables, plumbing and electrotechnology, telecommunications, and utilities.

"Today this Big Build project takes us one step closer to ushering in an exciting new era for robotics and advanced manufacturing training in southeast Queensland," she said.

"With this new investment our future advanced manufacturing workforce will receive the best training in a high-tech, supportive environment and will gain the necessary skills to take on high-value jobs in the lab and on the production line.

"Young Queenslanders who first started exploring STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] in primary school are now of an age where they're seeking careers in Industry 4.0 and the new facility is our response to the escalating demand for training in robotics and advanced manufacturing."

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