Sydney TAFE sets a world standard in fire protection

Fire Protection Industry works closely with Sydney TAFE

The Fire protection section at Randwick College has been given a facility upgrade which now brings the College up to industry standards.

This upgrade was made possible with the generous donation of the infrastructure by the Fire Protection Industry NSW.

Unified Fire Protection, a Sydney based company that provide design and installation of fire protection systems, has a number of large infrastructure projects earmarked for Sydney. In consultation with the fire protection industry, they quickly recognised the need for increased numbers of apprentices for the Certificate III Fire Protection course.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro said "almost every non-residential development, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, shopping centres, and multi-storey car parks will require the installation and maintenance of fire protection systems". "At the end of the day, the result of training, the work of reference groups and infrastructure upgrades is a skilled workforce and a safer NSW." "These partnerships ensure that TAFE's educational programs remain current, deliver the skills required by industry and are linked to job outcomes." "After visiting our facilities Unified Fire Protection contacted various NSW Fire Protection suppliers to help our section with the upgrade of the training room. This will ensure that future apprentices will have the best possible tools to use in their training", said Sydney TAFE Institute Director, David Riordan.
Over the last Christmas break the suppliers sent a team of volunteers to Randwick to strip and install the new fire protection training room.

This refurbishment was completed in the mid-year break. The retail value of the donation is above $100k. "Sydney TAFE is currently the only training provider in NSW to offer the Certificate III in Fire Protection and stage one enrolments have significantly increased since the refurbishment began", said Mr Riordan. Recent changes to legislation in NSW have highlighted the need for fire protection equipment to be installed throughout all sectors from heavy industrial to commercial, infrastructure and even private homes. Sydney TAFE is now in talks with the National Fire Industry Association to ensure that there is a national standard in training. This includes developing a Fire Protection Reference group which will share resources, assessment validation and trainers.
17 September 2015


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