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Power of Partnerships to expand Local Education Opportunities

 

A new education initiative in Murray Bridge is using the power of partnerships to bolster education in the region and create a vibrant, whole-of-community learning campus.

The Murray Bridge Learning Campus is a pilot partnership between the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Regional Development Australia Murraylands & Riverland (RDAMR), TAFE SA, Murray Bridge High School and Unity College. 

Located at the Murray Bridge TAFE SA campus, the vision of the Murray Bridge Learning Campus is to improve access to training opportunities for people in the region. 

RDA Murraylands & Riverland CEO Jo Podoliak said the aim is to make the Learning Campus a central hub for the local community and economy.

“We see the Murray Bridge Learning Campus as a central point in the region - a really vibrant and fun learning hub – but one that also adds to its economic prosperity by offering the training that people want and that local businesses need,” Mrs Podoliak said. 

"We expect that business people, employees, job seekers, school students and community groups will benefit from new courses by a range of providers, so people don't need to leave the Murraylands to study."

In consultation with community stakeholders, the pilot partners have already started new courses, and are developing a masterplan for a vibrant new approach to education.

Training companies and universities can use the campus for casual bookings or they can team up to develop and deliver new courses that haven't previously been available in the region. 

The pilot team has streamlined processes for hiring the facilities and booking courses, which can be done at www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/mblc

The Murray Bridge Learning Campus Leadership Development Program is now taking bookings for leadership and management, training and assessment skillsets, and international business modules. The aim of these courses is to provide Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications for aspiring leaders, managers and trainers in Murray Bridge. A variety of allied learning opportunities will also be offered, such as the upcoming property investment fundamentals workshop, which aims to inform locals about investment properties, holiday homes and the short term rental market. 

A Salon Essentials hair and beauty course was run in the July school holidays, with plans to also offer courses in barista and responsible service of alcohol in the near future. Unity College Trade Skills Manager Jaylene Phillips said it is “a great way to get experience that will open career doors.”

Michael Sedgman, CEO of the Rural City of Murray Bridge Council said the development of the Murray Bridge Learning Campus is about “capitalising on the benefits of a partnership approach”. 

“There is power in partnerships,” he said. “By working together, our organisations can promote education and training to more people, from high school students to mature-aged members of our communities."

The Murray Bridge Learning Campus is based at the TAFE SA campus on Swanport Road, Murray Bridge.

Further information, and bookings for courses and room hire is available on the MBLC website,  or by contacting Isabella Rounsevell on 0417 605 255 or via email mblc(at)tafesa.edu.au.