Natalie O'Leary, Yanco Campus
Ph: 02 6951 2627, 0458 081 200
Glen Walker, Trangie
Ph: 02 6880 8023, 0438 700 143
Mark Morgan, Coordinator
Ph: 02 6951 2531
Ph: 02 6951 2696, 0437 816 638
Tocal College's southern Yanco Campus, formerly known as the Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre (MRSC) is situated in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area at Yanco, just 10 minutes drive from Leeton and 20 minutes drive from Narrandera. It shares the site and resources with Yanco Agricultural Institute (YAI).
Yanco Campus operates the highly regarded Aboriginal Rural Training Program, is the administrative centre for the nationally acknowledged SMARTtrain chemical training program, and provides coordination of many short courses and other training programs across the State and interstate.
Aboriginal Rural Training Program
Tocal College's Aboriginal Rural Training Program (ARTP) has delivered training to Indigenous people in NSW and other states since 1989. The ARTP designs, develops and delivers VET training in Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management, Cultural Sites Assessment and cultural awareness.
These courses are delivered across NSW to communities, schools, the Indigenous Land Corporation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Local Land Services. Most of the instructors delivering training are Aboriginal.
The ARTP offers training in:
- safe operation of forklifts
- quad bikes
- side-by-side vehicles
- weed identification
- safe chemical handling
- cultural burning.
The SMARTtrain National Support Centre is based at Yanco Campus. It develops and delivers resources and online courses for training in the use of agricultural chemicals from beginner level through to advanced users. These resources are used nationally by Vocational Education and Training providers to deliver accredited training from Level 2 to Level 4.
The SMARTtrain National Support Centre coordinates the annual Masterclass for trainers in the vocational education and training industry to maintain their professional currency.
Tocal College offers rural traineeships from three locations in NSW. Paterson Campus offers a specific focus on dairy and beef production. Yanco Campus and Trangie Agricultural Research Centre offer sheep, beef, cropping and irrigation specific electives.
Tocal Skills Training
The Tocal Skills Training program (formerly PROfarm) is delivered at Yanco Campus to meet the needs of industries, organisations and their staff throughout the Riverina and across New South Wales.
Participants have the opportunity to engage in accredited and non-accredited training to develop skills and knowledge that can immediately be applied on the job.
Yanco Campus has specialised training areas with the latest equipment and facilities to deliver customised training under real conditions to industry and community groups. The Yanco Campus training facilities combined with on-site accommodation are popular with corporate and industry groups looking to complete targeted training in short residential training blocks.
The site offers two options for accommodation, with motel units and bunkhouse style accommodation both offering BBQ and meal preparation areas. Shared bathroom facilities and a common room with a kitchenette are located in the same building block.