The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to seizing every opportunity to strengthen Tasmania’s economic and cultural ties with China.

I congratulate TasTAFE on their new brilliant and clever grassroots approach to helping upskill Tasmanians to better engage with China; the Chinese Culture and Language sessions.

The TasTAFE initiative gives business people and everyday Tasmanians a chance to learn basic Mandarin and gain an insight into Chinese Culture at a free weekly class.

This is an opportunity for Tasmanians to engage with and gain invaluable insights from TasTAFE Chinese students learning English, through the Migrant Education Program, and Chinese students studying other courses.

This could be a game-changer for a tourism operator hoping to build on the record number of Chinese visitors travelling to our state.

This could help to unlock investment opportunities for a business person looking to capitalise on an unprecedented interest from Chinese investors.

And, this is a great opportunity for TasTAFE students leaning English to meet people and practice English outside the classroom.

Just like Tasmania, TasTAFE has strong ties with China. TasTAFE teachers are training counterparts at the Shanghai Bangde Vocational College to deliver training in Logistics, the college’s Logistics’ students can complete their training in Hobart and TasTAFE teachers also visit China to deliver the training three weeks each year.

We value our cultural and economic ties with China. Last year’s visit by the President coupled with the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement have created unprecedented opportunities for our state.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training