Recently-appointed TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman outlined his vision for the future of TAFE during his visit to the Whyalla campus on Monday.
Mr Coltman met with hospitality students, senior lecturer Mondi Karoussis and a number of other staff members while in Whyalla.
Speaking to the Whyalla News, Mr Coltman said he was focused on innovating TAFE's teaching and learning products to focus on the 'jobs of tomorrow'.
"We know there is a major digital transformation coming and it's going to impact on every industry delivered in all parts of South Australia," he said.
"We need to be preparing students for work today but also giving them the skills they will need for the future...there's a great enthusiasm for doing that from the staff both here in Whyalla and across the regions."
Mr Coltman said his visit to Whyalla was an opportunity to understand the needs of industry, community and students and staff at a regional campus.
"We're certainly looking to grow in Whyalla and we'll be working with the regions to understand what the needs are," he said.
"With new industry opportunities that are so prevalent here in Whyalla including at the steel mill, we need to make sure there is a workforce ready to meet those needs."
With the new Year 7-12 Whyalla High School to be built adjacent to TAFE SA and the University of South Australia next year, Mr Coltman is looking forward to the partnership opportunities it could create.
"We're working really closely with UniSA, we're proud partners with them. The local high schools are doing fantastic work too," he said.
"If we can break the barriers between TAFE and schools and between TAFE and university down and provide more seamless pathways, that helps ensure young people in the regions can stay in the regions to commence their studies and hopefully work."
One of several local hospitality students to meet Mr Coltman was Rochael Mitchell, who is studying Certificate IV in Hospitality Management.
"I've managed to get a job through doing this, that's been really good," she said.
"Getting this hands-on experience makes learning a lot more interesting. You get both practical and theory, which helps you retain all the information you learn.
"It was really cool to meet David, you meet a lot of interesting people through TAFE."