By 2036, much of Sydney’s population growth will come from the Western Parkland City (WPC), which encompasses eight local council areas (Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbeltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly). The catalyst for the future of the WPC is the Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport – in the very centre of the City’s footprint – and the $20 billion in government investment already pouring in to realise this vision and deliver more than 200,000 jobs across the city by 2036.
Surrounding the Airport on all sides and with the 22nd Century city centre of Bradfield as its heart, the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will be an ecosystem of industry and innovation, with precincts dedicated to Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defence, Agribusiness, Freight and Logistics, Health and Education, and Air Services and Tourism. To support development of an advanced industry cluster at Bradfield and the Government’s broader vision for a resilient, innovative economic ecosystem across the WPC, a new collaborative approach to education and training is being developed to enable rapid upskilling in key industry growth areas.
The New Education and Training Model (NETM) is a collaborative approach across education and industry which will see learning designed around micro-credentials rather than traditional qualifications.
As a core component of the development of the Bradfield City Centre, the NETM presents a unique opportunity to support the broader vision of the WPC in becoming a high value industry, education and job hub. NETM will include
- a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education;
- capacity for blended qualifications delivered in a partnership between industry, education
- institutions and government;
- an initial focus on training and skills for Advanced Manufacturing; and
- fast-tracked micro-credentialing and fit-for-purpose industry qualifications.
Over the next four years, WPCA seeks to roll out 100 micro-credentials, with a target of 25 in the first year to support the strategic plan to grow an ecosystem to support industries, including:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Aerospace and Defence
- Freight and Logistics
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
To deliver the NETM, WPCA requires a panel of education and training providers with expertise and capacity to support the co-development and/or co-delivery of micro-credentials with industry partners. WPCA will be looking to ensure a sufficient number of education and training providers are appointed to the panel to cover each industry specialisation.
Additional Details / Instructions
A non mandatory tender briefing was conducted at 12pm on 18 October for this tender.
A video of the full briefing and a copy of the slides used are available at the link below.